Sultan-ul-Sabireen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah (RA)

(Abdur Rehman, Lahore)

Sultan-ul-Sabireen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.) is the 27th Shaikh of the Sarwari Qadri Order.

Ancestors & Parents
Sultan-ul-Sabireen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah is Qureshi Hashmi. His ancestral link goes back in 26 steps to Holy Prophet (pbuh)’s uncle Syed-us-Shohada Hazrat Ameer Hamza Razi Allah Anha. His family lineage is as follows:
Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah son of Shaikh Fazal Shah son of Shaikh Jiwan Shah son of Shaikh Bakhsh Shah son of Shaikh Jaam Shah son of Shaikh Hasil Shah son of Shaikh Qalandar Shah son of Shaikh Haleem Shah son of Shaikh Juman Shah son of Ameer Daood son of Ameer Junaid son of Ameer Shehzad son of Ameer Chaakar son of Ameer BaYazeed son of Ameer Somra son of Ameer Saddique son of Ameer Jalal son of Ameer Jabbal son of Ameer Mukhtar son of Ameer Saad son of Ameer Mazhar son of Ameer Ma’az son of Ameer Bartacha Bahadur son of Ameer Badee-uz-Zaman son of Hazrat Ameer Hamza.

Birth
Sultan-ul-Sabireen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah was born to Fazal Shah on Monday 14th of Zilhaj 1242 H (July 19th 1827 A.D) at the time of Maghrib prayer in Chotti, district Dera Ghazi Khan. The Divine Inspiration of his birth was already given by Hazrat Khawaja Suleman Taunsvi who was a great saint of the Chistia Order.

Childhood and Youth
He was 8 years old when his father passed away. He had completed his religious education till the age of 18. As he gained religious knowledge, his soul became more and more restless and an urge kept on increasing within himself. His restlessness and anxiety further increased when at the age of 20 his mother also passed away. In this anxiety, he used to roam about in the jungles and desolated places to such an extent that his sacred feet started bleeding. One day he was lying under a tree when he saw the King of Faqr, Holy Prophet (pbuh) in his dream. Ghaus-ul-Azam Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (R.A.) were also along. Holy Prophet (pbuh) ordered him, “Go to Ahmadpur where Syed Abdullah Shah Jilani is waiting for you as you have been selected for the Trust of Faqr”. At that time Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah was almost 25 years old.

Spiritual Journey
After a long journey he reached Ahmadpur Sharqia, a city of the Bahawalpur state on Tuesday 8th of Shawal 1267 H (August 5th1851 A.D). He reached a mansion and saw a saint with an enlightened countenance sitting on a bed and the rest of the people were sitting on the ground. Among these people ministers and soldiers of Nawab Sahib were also present. As soon as Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah saw Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Abdullah Shah (R.A.), his deep-rooted restlessness and anxiety vanished and his heart witnessed that this is the face in whose search he was wandering about.
After 3 days, on Friday 11th of Shawal 1267 H (August 8th 1851 A.D) he took oath of allegiance from Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah and bestowed him with gold Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah then stayed focused on his Murshid forgetting everything else, his education, his homeland etc. He spent 8 years, 11 months and almost 21 days in the company of his Spiritual Guide.

Poetry/Kalam
In “Malfuzat Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh” (unpublished) compiled by Pir Abdul Haq, it is written that Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah used to say, “Throughout my life I haven’t seen any one as beautiful and elegant in appearance like my beloved Murshid. Nobody could look at his face for long. To look into his eyes was impossible. Whoever visited Shah Sahib for any work, got so absorbed in his vision that forgot everything, even the children busy playing around used to forget their games and were lost in seeing Shah Sahib.” Every word of the Saraiki poetry which Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh wrote in the honour of his Murshid shows his ardent love for him.
In Guldastah Abiyaat-o-Munajaat Shahbaz-e-Arifaan Sultan-ul-Auliya Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Syed Mohammad Bahadur Ali Shah and also in Kalam Mashaikh Sarwari Qadri, there is a published the first eulogy from his mystic poetry “Chashma Khuliya Noor Haqani” by the name of Syed Bahadur Ali Shah (R.A.). Here is an extract:
Explanation: The spiritual beneficence of Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah is just like an overflowing spring of Divine Light which is benefitting everything on its way. Ahmad Pur, where Shah Abdullah resides, is a blessed city which is showered with the torrents of Light of Allah. Shah Abdullah enjoys the honourable status of being One with Allah after reaching the station of Fana Fillah (annihilation in Allah) and Baqa Billah (being immortal with Allah), thus he has acquired the Divine Knowledge of totality. He knows whatever is written in The Lauh (The Divine Tablet where the destinies of all the creations are written) with the Qalam (the Supreme Pen) and the Divine Ink. Due to Shah Abdullah’s presence, the district of Bahawal Pur has become the centre of Divine Benevolence.

Throne of Divine Guidance
Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah was transferred the Trust of Allah from his Murshid. That was Friday 29th Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 1276 H (April 20th 1860 A.D). The demise of his beloved Murshid made him Majzoob(ecstatic). One day, he felt like a stroke of Light enlightened his body and his Murshid appeared in his inner self and said; “Where are you searching for me? I am right inside your soul.” Thus his search ended and he was then ordered by his Murshid, “Go to Shorekot, the city of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo, and keep visiting the shrine more often. Soon you will be informed about your final destination.” Hence, duality ended. Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah had annihilated in the sacred self of Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah. On 21st Shawal 1277 H, he reached a small mosque near a well in Shorekot which was the property of a Syed family, and settled here. Ghafoor Shah came to Mudd Rajbana along with these disciples on Monday 7th of Safar 1279 H (August 4th 1862 A.D). He stayed for 50 years in his closet and people from faraway places came to him and received benefit of the Ism-e-Allah Zaat from him.

Spiritual Title
When the Trust of Allah was transferred to him, he was entitled by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as “Sultan-ul-Sabireen”. Ghaus-ul-Azam Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu and Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (R.A.) used to call him “Pir Mohammad”.
Spiritual Order/Sufi Order
The Order of Faqr of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.) is Sarwari Qadri and he is the 27th Shaikh of the Sarwari Qadri Order
The Sarwari Qadri Order lineage reaches Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.) in the following order:
1. Prophet Mohammad Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam
2. Hazrat Ali bin Abu Talib Karum Allah Wajhu
3. Hazrat Khawaja Hassan Basri Razi Allah Anhu
4. Hazrat Shaikh Habib Ajmi (R.A.)
5. Hazrat Shaikh Daud Tai (R.A.)
6. Hazrat Shaikh Maroof Karkhi (R.A.)
7. Hazrat Shaikh Sir’ri Saqti (R.A.)
8. Hazrat Shaikh Junaid Baghdadi (R.A.)
9. Hazrat Shaikh Jafar Abu Bakr Shibli (R.A.)
10. Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Aziz Bin Hars Bin Asad Tameemi (R.A.)
11. Hazrat Shaikh Abu-al-Fazal Abdul Wahid Tameemi (R.A.)
12. Hazrat Shaikh Mohammad Yousaf Abu-al-Farrah Turtoosi (R.A.)
13. Hazrat Shaikh Abu-al-Hassan Ali Bin Mohammad Qureshi Hankari (R.A.)
14. Hazrat Abu Saeed Mubarak Makhzoomi (R.A.)
15. Ghaus-ul-Azam Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu
16. Hazrat Shaikh Taj-ud-Din Abu Bakr Syed Abdul Razzaq Jilani (R.A.)
17. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Jabbar (R.A.)
18. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Mohammad Sadiq Yahya (R.A.)
19. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Najm-ud-Din Burhan Puri (R.A.)
20. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Fattah (R.A.)
21. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Sattar (R.A.)
22. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Baqqa (R.A.)
23. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Jaleel (R.A.)
24. Hazrat Shaikh Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi (R.A.)
25. Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (R.A.)
26. Sultan-ul-Tarikeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah Madni Jilani (R.A.)
27. Sultan-ul-Sabireen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.)

Construction of the shrine of his Murshid
One year before his death, Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.) started construction of the shrine of his Murshid Syed Mohammad Abdullah Shah (R.A.) in 1327 H (1909 A.D) on the same pattern as the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (R.A.). He appointed his eldest son Pir Abdul Haq as the superior of the shrine. All the construction was done under the supervision of Pir Abdul Haq. Fatah Deen Faqeer from Gujrat was dealing with the construction. One evening before Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah (R.A.) died, when everyone got free from work, Fatah Mohammad saw that Pir Abdul Ghafoor Shah went in the shrine, he went after him so he can have the privilege to see him. But when he entered the shrine Pir Sahib was not there. He was very amazed that where had Pir Sahib gone, as he had seen Pir Sahib entering the shrine with his own eyes. Next day, early in the morning Pir Sahib passed away. The shrine of Pir Abdullah Shah (R.A.) was completed before Pir Sahib passed away in Saffar 1328 H. The shrine is an exact reflection of the shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen.

Visal (Death)
He passed away on Monday morning on 21st February 1910 A.D (10 Saffar 1328 H).

Sacred shrine
His shrine is 13 kilometers towards East of Garh Maharaja (district Jhung) in Mudd Sharif.

Urs Mubarak
His Urs is held every year on 9th and 10th of Saffar.

Bibliography
1. Shams-ul-Fuqara-an encyclopedia of the teachings of Sultan-ul-Arifeen written by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman ISBN 978-969-9795-04-6
2. Sultan Bahoo-The Life and Teachings: (Shams-ul-Fuqara in English): written by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman and Translation of by Yasmin Khurshid Malik Sarwari Qadri, Ambreen Moghees Sarwari Qadri, Neyn Tara Sarwari Qadri ISBN 978-969-9795-18-3
3. Sufism:Heart of Islam written by Sadia Dehlvi ISBN 978-93-5029-448-2
4. Mujtaba Akhir Zamani-life history of the Mashaikhs of the Sarwari Qadri Order written by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman ISBN 978-969-9795-07-7
5. The Spiritual Guides of Sarwari Qadri Order: (Mujtaba Akhir Zamani in English): Written by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman and Translation of by Yasmin Khurshid Malik Sarwari Qadri, Ambreen Moghees Sarwari Qadri, Neyn Tara Sarwari Qadri
6. Sarwari Qadiri Order ISBN 9781158473861
7. Kalam Mashaikh Sarwari Qadri-poetry of spiritual guides of Sarwari Qadri Order written by Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman
8. Mirat-e-Sultani written by Dr. Sultan Altaf Ali
9. Auliya-e-Jhang' written by: Iqbal Zuberi
10. Tazkarah-tul-Auliya written by Hazrat Farid ud Din Attar (R.A.)
11. Tareekh-e-Jhang written by: Iqbal Zuberi
12. Biographical Encyclopedia of Sufis by N. Hanif ISBN 9788176250870
 

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