Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Saints and Shrines

The city of Lahore in Pakistan is known for its rich culture, Forts & Grand Mosques, its food and music are world famous, Also famous are the sufi saints who hailed from this city or came here to live and were burried here, among the more famous shrines of Lahore are Data Darbar the Shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajweri Syed Abul Hassan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Hajweri the famous Sufi saint of Persian origion, The shrine of Gamey Shah, The tomb of Baba Shah Jamal and Bibi Pak Daman.Although I'm not very religious I decided to go visit Bibi Pak Daman as the legend behind this particular shrine was quite interesting. Bibi Pak Daman is famous for being the shrine of 6 Ladies from the household of the Prophet Mohammed, Including Ruqayah binte Ali the daughter of Hazrat Ali the forth caliph of Islam the othe five graves are said to be those of hazrat Muslim bin Aqeel's sisters and daughters. Legend has it that these ladies were traveling alone after the events at karbala and when the reached Lahore the ruler at that time tried to arrest them because the were gaining a following and not wanting that, Bibi Pak Daman prayed to God and asked him to open the earth and take them in, when the soldiers came to arrest them the earth split into two and they went in only a little of the Dupatta (scarf) of Bibi Ruqayah remained and when the lead soldier tried to get hold of that it too slid into the soil, Thus the name Bibi Pak Daman meaning even the scarf of the lady was pure and thus could not be touched.

The Mazar is the end to a busy and colorfull street full of shops selling religious literature, multimedia and prayer beads among other things.


sidrah said...

yer on a cultural rampage :] love the history lessons :] please keep em coming!

Destitute Rebel said...

Sure you'r not a history major taking free lessons here? I figured I should take a history lesson myself from Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country", just playing my part, :-)

kaya said...

Very nice. Myself i have a particular interest in mazaars. I have not seen this one and Inshallah will put it on my list this summer when I go to Lahore.
One i do so much want to see is the mazaar of Shahbaz Qalandar in sewann shareef.
Thankyou for this.

Destitute Rebel said...

Thanks Kaya, it was nice place and in the middle of the city, be sure to visit it, its near Shimla Pahari in Lahore. I have visited several mazars and the are an amazing place to see people and their emotions, the color and variety of it all is sometimes mesmerising.