Sial Sharif

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Sial Sharif
Sial Sharif Darbar.jpg
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
Population (1998)
 • Total 1,100
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

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.[citation needed] The local language is Punjabi.[citation needed]

The village hosts the Sufi shrine of Khwajah Muhammad Shamsuddin Sialvi, popularly known as Pir Sial, who was a waliullah (saint) belonging to the Chishti order (Nizami branch). His successors (as Sufi masters in charge of the shrine), all of whom are believed to have reached the highest levels of sainthood (one of them is explicitly designated by the title Qutb-ul-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,Hazrat Molvi Abdul Ghani Chisti of Bareela Sharif and Pir Syed Rustam Ali Shah of Sarachha, Azad Kashmir.

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.

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.

Spiritual Genealogy (Shajarah) of the silsilah Chistiyah Nizamiayh Sialviyah[edit]

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Shams-ud-din was a disciple and successor of Muhammad Sulaiman Taunsvi in the Silsila-e-Chishtia Nizamiyah. The following is the spiritual genealogy of the Sialvi silsilah:

  1. The Islamic prophet, Muhammad
  2. Abu Bakr
  3. Umar bin al-Khat'tab
  4. Uthman ibn Affan
  5. Ali ibn Abu Talib
  6. Hasan al-Basri
  7. Abdul Waahid Bin Zaid
  8. Fuzayl Ibn-e-Ayaaz
  9. Ibrahim Bin Adham
  10. Sadeed-ud-din
  11. Ameen-ud-dini
  12. Abi Ahmad Abdal Chishti
  13. Abi Muhammad Chishti
  14. Nasir-ud-din Chishti
  15. Qutb-ud-din Maudud Chishti
  16. Makhdum Haji Sharif
  17. Usman Harooni
  18. Moinuddin Chishti
  19. Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki
  20. Fariduddin Ganjshakar
  21. Nizamuddin Auliya
  22. Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi
  23. Kamaal-ud-din
  24. Siraaj-ud-din
  25. I’lm-ud-din
  26. Mehmood Rajan
  27. Jamaal-ud-din Juman
  28. Jamaal-ud-din Hasan Muhammad Nuri
  29. Qutb Shams-ud-din Muhammad
  30. Muhammad
  31. Kaleem Ullah Jahanabadi
  32. Nizaam-ud-din Aurongabadi
  33. Fakhr-ud-din
  34. Nur Muhammad Mahaarvi
  35. Shah Suleman
  36. Shams-ud-din Sialvi

Great disciples[edit]

The most well known "Khulafa" (appointed successors) of Khawja Shams Ud Din Sialvi were;

  1. Peer Sufi Ashiq Hussain Sialvi kot shahbul din shahdara Lahore.
  2. Mian Muhammad Amjad of Naushera;
  3. Meher Ali Shah;
  4. Mian Ahmed Sahb;
  5. Muazam-ud-din Sahb Muazamabadi;
  6. Ameer Shah Sahb Bhervi;
  7. Ghulam Haider Shah Jalalpuri;
  8. Muhammad Saeed Shah Zanjani Lahorvi;
  9. Muhammad Hasan Shah Gilani;
  10. Syed Niaz Ali Shah Sahb Gardezi;
  11. Mirza Nawab Baig Sahb Delhvi; and
  12. Khushnud Yusafzai Sahb (Kabul).
  13. Ghareeb Niwaz Aziz-ud-Din Chacharwi.

Descendants and Sajjada Nashins[edit]

  • Muhammad Din.

Muhammad Din was a son of Khwaja Muhammad Shams Din and succeeded him as head of the Sial Sharif shrine on his death.[1]

  • Muhammad Zia-ud-Din

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.[2]

  • Muhammad Qamar-ud-Din

He was born on 7 July 1906 in Sialsharif. He was the eldest son of Zia-ud-din 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.[3]

  • Hamid-ud-Din

Hamid-ud-Din Sialvi is eldest son of Qamar-ud-Din Sialvi and the present-day Sajjada Nashin of the Sial Sharif shrine. He can be credited for much of the development to Darbar and the attached mosque (with funds 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.


External links[edit]

1. A website about Sial Sharif

2. Muhammad Shams ud Din Sialvi (Urdu)

3. Muhammad Qamar ud Din Sialvi (Urdu)

4. Hazrat Shamsuddin of Sial Sharif

5. Official Sial Sharif Group on facebook