Sial Shareef

Sial Sharif is famous for the Sufi shrine of Khwajah Muhammad Shamsuddin Sialvi, popularly known as Pir Sial, who was a waliullah (saint) belonging to the Chishti order. His descendants, all of whom are believed to have reached the highest levels of sainthood (one of them is explicitly designated by the title Qutb-al-Aqtab), are also buried in the same shrine.

Today the Khanqah (Zawya, i.e. Sufi convent) of Sial Sharif is counted among the foremost Chishti centres of the Punjab, and indeed of the whole Indian subcontinent. Many spiritual personalities are or have been associated with Sial Sharif. Most notably, Pir Meher Ali Shah of Golra Sharif, the famous saint of the 20th century, was a faithful murid (disciple) of Pir Sial of Sial Sharif. Hazrat Pir Syed Haider Ali Shah sb, astana Aalia Jalal-Pur Shareef, These two were most prominent mureed of Pir Sial Lajjpal also so many others like Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari of Bhera Sharif and Hazrat Molvi Abdul Ghani Chisti of Bareela Sharif. 

Attached to the spiritual centre (referred to as Darbaar, i.e. court) at Sial Sharif there is also a religious school (madrasa). Many other religious schools and mosques, scattered throughout Pakistan, are affiliated to the Darbaar of Sial Sharif. The Darbaar at Sial Sharif is closely linked to many other spiritual centres, including the Darbar at Bhera Sharif.

Sial Sharif is a village in the Sargodha District of Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in Sahiwal Tehsil and lies 48 km (30 miles) away from the city of Sargodha, about midway on the Sargodha-Jhang road.

To this day, the Islamic spiritual tradition is very much alive in this (Nizami) branch of the Chishti order. Its barakah (spiritual influence, blessing) is experienced by tens of thousands of disciples and visitors. Every Friday, scores of devotees travel long distances just to attend the Jumu’ah prayer there and obtain some blessings from the Holy Shrine.


Hazrat Khawaja Shams-uddin Sialvi (Rahmatullah)

This great waliullah (saint) of 19th centuary was born in 1799 AD (1214 AH); and he was born of a religious family in the Shahpur district of Punjab (now known as Sargodha distrcit). The parents selected the name Shams al-Din for their newborn son. Later on, he became famous as Shams al-‘Arifin (the sun of the gnostics, i.e. those who possess true knowledge of Allah). This is an appellation by which the grand Shaykh of Sial, Khawaja Muhammad Shams al-Din Sialvi is known. He is Alwi by genealogy, being a descendant of the fourth Khalifah Ali Ibn Abi Talib (however, he is not a discendant of Hz Fatimah al-Zahra).

Long before Hz Sham-ud-din’s birth, a great waliullah of Multan by the name of Ghaus Baha -ul-Haq Zakarya Multani, while traveling to Bhera, got down from his horse when he was right at the place where now the tomb of Khwaja Shams-uddin Sialvi is situated, picked handful of soil and kissed it. His disciples were astonished by this gesture. Upon their insistence, he revealed to them that a Ghaus would be born there. He had become the haafiz-e-Quran (one who has learned Quran by heart) at the age of 7 years and went to some of the renowned institutions to get religious education. He went as far as Kabul where he was awarded Sand-e-Hadith (certification of hadith). The most important of his journeys was to Taunsa Sharif (Distt. Dera Ghazi Khan), where he became a devotees (Mureed, Devoted follower) of Khawja Shah Suleiman Taunsvi

He established an institute for religious education-he himself used to teach there. Some of his students went to become known Islamic scholars in the subcontinent. Miraat Ul Ashqeen is famous book based on his sayings and unique thoughts. After his death his son Khawja Allama Muhammad Ud Din Sialvi was granted “Khilafat” by Peer Pathan of Tonsa Sharif. As a “Sajada Nasheen” he fulfilled all his duties and did his best in serving Islam. He was a torch bearer of “Khandan e Chisht”. Hazrat Khawja Shams-uddin Sialvi died on 24th of Safar 1300 A.H (4 January 1883 AD).

He was buried in Sial Sharif, where his grave is visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year.

Khawja Muhammad Din. (Rahmatullah)

Khawja Muhammad Din was a son of Khwaja Muhammad Shams Din and succeeded him as head of the Sial Sharif shrine on his demise. After Khawaja Shams al-‘Arifin, his son, Khawaja Muhammad Din, sat upon the spiritual seat as an embodiment of the qualities of his noble father. He gave this movement of his noble father further strength and energy

Khawja Muhammad Zia-ud-Din (Rahmatullah)

Khawja Muhammad Zia-al-Din of Sial Sharif was a son of Khwaja Muhammad Din and succeeded him as head of the Sial Sharif shrine on his demise in 1909.

Khawja Muhammad Qamar-ud-Din (Rahmatullah)

He was born on 7 July 1906 in Sialsharif. He was the eldest son of Zia-uddin Sialvi. He became the president of Sargodha Muslim League. He went to all corners of subcontinent to vote for the Muslim League in the election of 1946. He particularly walked along with Pir of Zakori in NWFP to vote for Pakistan in the referandum of 1947. In the Indo-Pak war of 1965 he donated all the ornaments of his family to Pakistan Army. In 1970 he became the president of Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan. He was nominated member of Islamic Ideology Council, twice. He died on July 20, 1981. He was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz(Medal of Distinction) by president of Pakistan in 1981.

Khawja Hamid-ud-Din (Rahmatullah)

Khawja Hamid-ud-Din Sialvi is eldest son of Khawja Qamar-ud-Din Sialvi and the present-day Sajjadah Nashin of Sial Sharif Sharine. He can be credited for much of the development to Darbar and the relevant Masjid(though funds are provided by the followers or Mureedeen of Sial Sharif) which has made available much larger space for offering prayers. This development includes construction of a new Langar Khana(a place where anyone can have a free meal) which is serving the needy even better.

Sajjadah Nashin of Astana-e-Aliya Muhammad Hamid-ud-Din Sialvi is present at Darbar e Aliya by himself to meet and greet the followers and visitors to listen to their issues and to make dua and any other effort to help them as much as possible. People visit Sial Shareef to only from the very far and remote areas of Pakistan, but also visit from outside Pakistan to get a glimpse of the Hazrat Sb. Shrine is open for visitors round the clock and keeping in mind today’s critical situation and happenings, security has also been taken in consideration. Checkpoints have been setup to encounter any such situation and trained security staff is roaming around making sure that no such event happens.

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