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Loh e Dandi inside || Imam Bari || Meda ishq vi tu
Bari Imam (1617
1705), whose real name was Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, was born in 1026Hijra (1617 AD) in Jhelum. His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, shifted his family fromJhelumDistrictto Baghan village, presently called Aabpara. At that time, it was a barren land.Soon aft
er the arrival of Bari Imam’s family, his father started farming and also kept
some animals. Shah Latif helped his father ingrazingthe animals, but left his father at 12and came to Nurpur Shahan
.Nurpur Shahan, the village was initially called Chorpur Shahan since it was infested bythieves, robbers and people of dubious character in those days. Bari Imam whilespreading the message of peace converted them to Islam and convinced them tobecome law abiding citizens.
From Nurpur Shahan, Bari Imam went to Ghaur Ghashti (now known asAttock)wherehe stayed for two years for learningfiqh,hadith,logic,mathematics,medicineandother disciplines, because at that time Ghaur Ghashti was a great seat of learning.
Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge:
To get spiritual knowledge and satiate his love for Islam, Bari Imam visited many places,including Kashmir, Badakhshan, Bukhara, Mashhad, Baghdad and Damascus. He notonly received spiritual knowledge in these places but also held discussions with scholarsbelonging to different schools of thought on various subjects. Later, he went to SaudiArabia to perform Hajj.
Bari Imam received spiritual knowledge from Hayat-al-Mir (Zinda Pir). His Pir (Sufi Mentor)gave him the title of Bari Imam (The leader of the earth), which proves his link to theSyed family
i.e. the Prophet’s lineage
. Bari Imam converted thousands of Hindus intoMuslims through the teachings of Islam at Nurpur Shahan. It is stated that once MughalEmperor Aurangzeb Alamgir himself came there to pay respects to Bari Imam.
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who was devoted to spreading his empire, originally builtthe silver-mirrored shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam [RA]. It has been renovated since and isnow maintained by the government of Pakistan. Inside the mausoleum, where thegreat saint rests, only men are permitted, a steady stream of worshippers enter and exit,most bending to kiss and strew rose petals on the green cloth covering the grave ofHazrat Bari Sarkar [RA].
The shrine is a tourist spot in the tour guide's list. Every year as theUrs(Birth celebration)of the saint, who spreadIslamin this part of the world, gains momentum; devotees intheir thousands set out for the Margalla foothills and gather at Nurpur Shahan to paytheir respect. Although many swarm the shrine all year round, only last year the number exceeded a head count of 1.2 million people.