Sufi Barkat Ali

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Sufi Barkat Ali
صوفی برکت علی
Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali
Born (1911-04-27)27 April 1911
(27 Rabi' Al-Thani 1329 AH)
Ludhiana, British India
Died 26 January 1997(1997-01-26) (aged 85)
(16 Ramadan 1417 AH)
Faisalabad, Pakistan
Title Tajdar-e-Darul ehsan, Muhajirilallah, Mutawakalilallah
Religion Sufi Islam
Children Five

Hadrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianiwi (Urdu: حضرت ابو انس محمد برکت علی-لودھیانیوا‎; 27 April 1911 – 26 January 1997), also referred to as Babaji Sarkar by his disciples, was a Muslim Sufi saint who belongs to the Qadri spiritual Order, born in a small village of Brahmi in the Tehsil of Ludhiana in Northern British India.

Hadrat is founder of the non-political, non-profit, religious organisation, Darul Ehsan.

Birth and early life[edit]

Hadrat was born into a Muslim family belonging to the Dhariwal Jatt ethnic group.[1] His father, Mian Nigahi Bakhsh, was an employee of the British Army.[2]

Like other Muslims, he learned the reading of the Qur'an in his village Brahmi and then went to the nearest available schools in the towns of Halwara, famous for its Indian Air Force base, to receive his education.

He gave various interviews to Pakistan National TV Channel PTV.[3] On 25 September 2008, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri praised the founder of Darul Ehsan, Barkat Ali and his work while talking to the participants.[4]

Professional life[edit]

At the age of 19, he joined the Royal British Army as a commission officer in the engineering core on 9 April 1930. A special certificate of education from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, was awarded to him along with the selection of "Voy cadet" in Military Academy.[citation needed] His tenure in the army was spent in the Roorki Cantt. He served the Royal Engineering Core for thirteen years only and was honourably discharged in 1945.[citation needed]

Religious visits to Khanqah-e-Sabir (the Holy Sanctuary of Hazrat Sabir) at Kalyar some 6 miles (9.7 km) away from Roorki Cantt was a regular habit of Barkat Ali. He would often spend the night there in worship whilst employed in the army.

Married Life and Family[edit]

At the age of 16, he married Barkat Bibi in August 1927, who died on 9 January 1978 and was buried at Salarwala. His family consists of five daughters and one son; his son Mian Muhammad Anwar, died on 26 April 1981, at the age of 45.ok


Hadrat took allegiance (Bay'ah) at the hands of his Pir, Hakeem Syed Amir-ul-Hassan Saharanpuri, whom he called the 'Sultan of Mysticism (Shah-e-Wilayat)'[5] on the 19 Rabi' al-thani 1363 A.H. at Peeran-e-Kalyar Sharif. His spiritual guide commanded him to migrate to Pakistan at the time of the partition of the Indo-Pak subcontinent and then the people started calling him as an emigrant to Allah (Muhajir-il-Allah).

Basic Teachings[edit]

He always guided his followers to perform three tasks which forms the basis of his teachings. These are:

  1. Dhikrullah (invocation or remembrance of Allah the Almighty)
  2. Dawat-o-tableeg-ul-Islam (invitation to and spread of Islam)
  3. Belaus-khidmat-e-khalq (selfless service to mankind)

Charity works[edit]

Two free eye camps are held biannually at two different places: Darul Ehsan and a camp at Dalowal. Major operations, such as the removal of cataracts, are performed twice in a year with 100% success[2][citation needed] by the Muslim doctors coming from all over the world at no cost. The hospital area is about one hundred and twenty five thousand square feet of space affording some twelve hundred beds. Between the two hospitals hundreds of thousand more procedures have been undertaken during the last decade.[6]

Literary works[edit]

His literary work is notable in the Muslim world and his name is also included in List of Muslim writers and poets. To convey the message of Allah and guidance of Muhammad to the whole world, he wrote more than 400 books on different themes including religion, ethics, metaphysics, hierology, philosophy and psychology. These books are distributed worldwide free of charge.[citation needed] His publications include:

  • Makshoofat Manazal-e-Ehsan,[7] 5 volumes
  • Kitab-ul-Amal Bis-Sunnah##,[8] 5 volumes
  • Asma-un-Nabi-ul-Kareem,[9] 6 volumes
  • Maqalat-e-Hikmat 30 volumes (Mobile App Available on Google Play Store)[10]
  • Zikr-e-Elahi[11]
  • Yusaloona-alan-Nabi
  • Altobato Wal Astaghfar
  • Al-Sammat, 1 volume
  • Jism-ul-Wojood Al Barkat Ali

Famous sayings[edit]

Tribute by non-Muslims[edit]

American cultural anthropologist Katherine Pratt Ewing visited Darul Ehsan in 1977 for her research study and wrote a tribute to Sufi Barkat Ali: "The presence of a living representative of the Sufi traditions, who possesses all attributes of the original Sufi pirs further reinforces the position that the pirs were not mysterious, magical figures of the mystical past, but were pious men. They performed for their era what living Sufis can do today for ours."[12]


Hadrat Abu Anees Sufi Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianwi died on 26 January 1997 at the age of 85. He is buried at Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan, Chak # 242 RB, in Faisalabad and his mission is continuing through the efforts of his devotees.

Urs Mubarak[edit]

The Urs Mubarak of Hadrat Abu Anees Sufi Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianwi is held every year on the 16th of Ramadan ul Mubarak at Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan Chak # 242 RB (Faisalabad, Pakistan) with attendance in the tens of thousands.

Honoury Stamp Issued by Government of Pakistan[edit]

On 27 April 2013, Pakistan post issued a stamp with denomination of Rs. 8 under the "Men of Letters" Series in the honour of Sufi Barkat Ali. The Stamp can be found on this URL from Pakistan Post's official website[13]


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