Thursday, June 21, 2012

Abdullah Shah Ghazi {Karachi, Pakistan}

HAZRAT ABDULLAH SHAH GHAZI ( RAHMATULLAH ALLAIH ) is one of the Greatest and Famous Sufi saint. Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA). Belongs to the 4th generation of Hazrat Amir ul Momineen Hazrat Ali Karam Allahu Wajhu. Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA) migrated from Arab to Karachi area and took wisal here.
A VERY FAMOUS AND GREAT MIRACLE AT DARGAH SHAREEF'S WELL : The Dargah Shareef of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA) is adjacent to sea ( Arbia sea ). The sea water and water of other wells in this area are salty. But the water in Dargah shareef of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA) is very sweet, which is a great miracle and many people say the holy water of
this dargah shareef is a great tabaruk and many people get cure by drinking this water.
It is places of Auliyas ( Great friends of Allah ) where you will find Such Miracles. Below is list of Other Dargah Shareefs where you will find such karmats of Water.
Well at Dargah of Hazrat Daata Ganj Baksh Ali Hajveri (RA), Lahore.
Sweet Water Well at Dargah Hazrat Syed Shareef-ul-Madani ( Qad das Allahu Sirra ul Azeez ) , Ullal Shareef in Karnataka ( where you will find arbian sea adjacent to dargah shareef ) and 10 Lakhs people witnessed the miracle of this well during the urs e shareef when there was shortage of water in the entire ullal. Also there are also many other great miracles of this great Tabayee Hazrat Syed Shareef-ul-Madni ( Qaddas allahu sirra ul azeez ) who came from Madina

Water of Manick Dharah of Dada Hayath Mir Qalander ( Baba Budan Giri Hills ) , Chickmangalur, Karnataka.
Sacred Water at the dargah shareef of Hazrat Mujadid Alif Sani (RA), Sirhind.
Anaa Sagar in Ajmer Shareef ( Famous Karmat of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty (RA), Hindal Wali Sultan-ul-Hind )
Hazrat Haji Malang Baba (RA) ( Horse's karmat of water on the hills )
Hazrat Haji Ali Baba (RA) ( The dargah itself in the sea which is a great karmat to see even today )
Hazrat Khader Vali Ganj Sawayee ( Nagore Shareef – There is Chilla shareef near sea )
Hazrat Syedina Tameem ul Ansari (Razi Allahu Taalahu Anhu ( The dargah is adjacent to sea and the sacred Janaza Mubarak was guarded by big fishes for 5 years in the sea )
Hazrat Mardan-e-Ghaib (RA) ( The Dargah is beside water spots )
Hazrat Usman Shah Vali (RA) ( Kolar – when baba gave a punch (hit) to the hill with his hand water came and the place is famous as Gaimukh in Kolar, Karnataka ).
Hazrat Syedina Malik Dinar (Razi Allahu Taalah Anhu ) came on a stone from arbain sea , the stones still lies in the dargah's compound of this Sahabi in Kasargud, Kerala Border, Karnataka state. Also you will find Arabia sea adjacent to this dargah shareef where you will also
find great sunsets.
There is a great connection between this Sahabi Hazrat Syedina Malik Dinar (Razi Allahu Taalahu Anhu ) and Taabayee Hazrat Syed Shareef ul Madni ( Qaddas Allahu Sirra Ul Azeez ). Both have come for spread islam on Arabian sea that too with karmats.
Abdullah Shah Ghazi is considered to be patron saint of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The dargah of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is located in Clifton[1] neighbourhood of Saddar Town in Karachi.
The Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi
Abdullah Shah Ghazi was the great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad from the linage of Hasan Ibne Ali Ibne Abu Talib[citation needed], making him a member of the Ahl al-Bayt.
The growing popularity of Abdullah Shah caused concern amongst the Ummayyad dynasty who dispatched an army to Sindh. The Ummayyads, and their successors the Abbasids, were known for their hatred of the Banu Hashim (the tribe of Prophet Muhammad and Hadrat Ali ibn Abu Talib) and mercilessly tracked and killed thousands of members of this tribe.
Abdullah Shah was on a hunt in what is now present day Karachi, when the Ummayyad army intercepted his party. Out numbered, Abdullah Shah still chose to fight rather than submit to the Umayyad army. It is because of his display of valor in the face of the Ummayyad army that Abdullah Shah was given the honorable title of "Ghazi" meaning "victorious".
His shrine in Karachi is dated back to 1400 years ago, his brother, Misry Shah, who is also buried along the coastline in Karachi, is also remembered as a saint.
Many people claim to have been granted their wishes at the shrine and it is the center for people who throng the shrine all year round. Every year marks the Urs (festival) at the shrine for 3 days (dates: 20-22 Dhu al-Hijjah - 12th month of the Islamic calendar), marking the anniversery of Abdullah Shah Ghazi.A famous myth about the mazar is that Karachi never had a tropical disaster in a thousand year because of the shrine's blessing.
Abdullah Shah Ghazi is revered by both Sunni and Shia alike, however his blood line gives him a special status in the Shia community by some. Muhammad bin Qasim was sent for Abdullah Shah Ghazi in his hunt, however that time Raja Dahir, the ruler of Karachi had hosted Abdullah Shah Ghazi and had denied to turn him over to Qasim. Where Qasim revolted against him, massacring the army of Dahir and martyring

Many say that peoples’ faith in the saint is not entirely unfounded. Legend has it that Abdullah Shah Ghazi was able to control the sea waters using a bowl in the sea and ordering it to remain calm. “This was done to help the fishermen who approached him because they were unable to earn their livelihood in the rough sea,” narrates Ahmed.
The saint is believed to have pressed the bowl from both sides in the sea while narrating a prayer, asking for the waters to remain calm. A few hours later, the fishermen were back at work.
It was perhaps due to this belief that most fishermen in Sindh chose to ignore the warnings issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department and the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre, while residents along Sea View evacuated their homes.
“A lot of people rubbish these myths, but if one traces the history of this shrine they will realise that there is some truth to it,” says a devotee, who prefers to be known as Allahrakha. It was evident from his long hair and unkempt beard that Allahrakha was a malang but he had yet another interesting fact to share. “Have you ever wondered why the water of the entire Arabian Sea is brackish, but what trickles behind the shrine is sweet? This is the miraculous holy water that cures ailments of people who visit the shrine.”

The history of shah ghazi
Born in the year 720 in one of the holiest cities in Islam, Madina, Abdullah Shah Ghazi was the great grandson of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) from the historical tribe of Bani Hashim. He was educated in Madina until the year 760 when he migrated to Sindh as a merchant. He was given a warm welcome as he belonged to the Saadat family, one of the noblest in Islam.
Another version of Shah Ghazi’s life has been given by the internationally acclaimed scholar and historian, Dr Umar Bin Mohammad Daudpota . According to him, Abdullah Shah’s real name was General Abdulla bin Nabhan. He, along with Badil bin Tuhafa, another commander, launched a military expedition against Raja Dahir, the local ruler who was encouraging pirates to raid Arab ships. Consequently, war ensued at Debil, modern day Karachi.
Later, the mission was entrusted to Muhammad Bin Qasim. While the young commander forged ahead to Multan, Abdullah Shah continued to live in Sindh with the people he loved, teaching them the principles of Islam and spreading his love for humanity. Back then Sindh had plenty of wildlife — ibex, urial, blue bull, gazelle and deer — and Abdullah Shah was fond of hunting. One day, in his passion for hunting, Abdullah Shah wandered far from the base and was intercepted by the enemy. Out-numbered, he preferred to fight rather than surrender. Because of this display of valor, he was given the title of Ghazi (Victorious).
He died in 773 and was buried near the sea in Karachi. His tomb is built on a very high platform, but the actual grave is below the stairs. His mazaar attracts a steady stream of devotees for a number of reasons: for preaching love and tolerance, and warding off tropical disasters. As recent events show, it seems to work.

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