Posted by: Submitter | February 17, 2008

Waris Ali Shah

Haji Waris Ali Shah was born in early nineteenth century in Dewa in a family of Hussaini Syeds. His genealogy traces origin from Hazrat Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad,peace be upon hin, and martyr of Karbala, through 26 linkages in between. Some researchers have concluded his date of birth in the year 1809 A.D. His parents died when he was three years old and he was brought up by his grandmother. He was sent to maktab (preparatory school) at the age of five, where he learnt Quran by heart. Like all holy men, his biography has been embellished to look more holy than human.

He did not feed on his mother’s milk during daytime as an infant; neither did he take it on 10th of Moharram, the Yaum-e-Aashurah (the day Imam Husain, his relatives and friends were killed in Karbala, now in Iraq).

He seldom read his books but to the amazement of his tutor he could say his lessons correctly. He preferred solitude to books and often slipped away out of doors to spend long periods in retirement and contemplation. He was never seen playing with children of his age and took pleasure in giving them sweets and distributing money among the poor. It soon became evident to those around him that he was not quite of the earth.

When he was 11 years old, he pledged allegiance to his mentor and brother-in-law, Hazrat Khadim Ali Shah who made him his spiritual heir. At he age of fifteen he undertook a long journey of 12 years that took him to Saudi Arab (it wasn’t exactly ‘Saudi’ at that time but oh well), Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Rome, France, Belgium, Germany, and Russia. He traveled on foot and performed Hajj 10 times during the course of his journey. He also met Sultan Abdul Majid, the Ottoman ruler, while visiting Constantinople and was the guest of Prince Bismarck in Berlin. His followers claim that he was the first Sufi to actually visit Europe.

Dewa Sharief is a religious place which enshrines the tomb of Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah or Syed Waris Ali Shah in Barabanki. It is located 25 km from Lucknow. During the months of October and November the Deva Mela is held which attracts thousands of devotees.

Not only did he show the path of the Righteousness to the people deeply immersed in the darkness of faithlessness in the Sub-Continent but also traveled to far off places, even foreign countries, to propagate the teachings of Islam. His efforts brought in countless people into the fold of Islam. He preached the message to the non-Muslims residing around Devah Sheriff and changed the course of their life.

Revelation and Mysteries

One day he went to meditate out of the town, met a wolf, and held him by its ears. The farmers were, frightened He said, “Whoever depends on God, none can harm him.”

Sayings:

· Falling in love is a curse. Man leaves everything and dies of separation.

· Faith is the essence of trust. Whoever lacks in faith, lacks in trust.

· Death is everywhere and comes from God.

· Denial of the beloved, and to hide anger, are benedictions.

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