Chura Sharif

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Chura Sharif (District Attock) Tehsil Jand, Attock, is situated 102 km from Rawalpindi to Kohat road. Chura Sharif has the largest naqshbandi shrine in the sub-continent. It is the Centre of Naqshbandi order in sub-continent.

Attock District is in the northwest of the Punjab province of Pakistan. Attock District is bordered by the Haripur and Swabi districts of North-West Frontier Province to the north, the district of Rawalpindi to the east, the district of Chakwaal to the southeast, the district of Mianwali to the southwest, and North-West Frontier Province districts of Kohat and Nowshera to the west and northwest. The River Indus forms the western boundary of the district.

Chura Shareef's village has now expanded. The area between Tehsil Pindigep and Khush Aab is known as either Pothwar or Awan Kari. The majority of the people living in this central area are known as Qutb Shahi Awan. The village itself is only populated in one area, the rest three areas are vacant. There may only be a single house made of bricks, the rest are all mud houses, of course, the Masjid's are made of concrete. The focus even now is on simplicity and humbleness.

It is in the last 20–25 years that several changes have been made, a more appropriate road has been built, and electricity and telecommunications have become available. When Bawa Ji came to Chura Sharif, there was a single file road and just one train track. A four carriage train travelled during the day and a four carriage train at night, this was only available because of the British who would travel to a base past Kohat called Razmat. The single file road was used for army purposes. Because of the population increase, the government has moved Chura Shareef from the Pindigep district to the next nearest district, Jand.

Almost 73 Dargahs in sub-continent received spiritualities from this pious and great shrine. Chura Shareef is the Naqshbandi Dargah (shrine) in Pakistan and Kashmir, from whom Khanqah's such Alipur Shareef, Eidgah Shareef, Mohra Shareef, Sharaqpur Shareef, Dhangri Shareef, Bawali Shareef, Shadpur Shareef, Atrwali Shareef, Nathyal Shareef, Aghar Shareef, Bughar Shareef, Ghamkol Shareef, Alumhaar Shareef, Awan Shareef, Kayyan Shareef and many many more have gained Fayuz o training from this holy place.

Founder of Chura Sharif[edit]

The founder of Chura Sharif is Khwaja Noor Muhammad (Baba Jee Churahi), son of Syed Faizullah who shifted from Terah Shareef to Dradar village in 1261 AH, 1845 CE at the age of eighty to spread the spiritual training of people, with his four sons. Then Khawaja Noor Muhammad moved from Drader to Chura Sharif in 1867 CE. Baba Jee Churahi was born in 1179 AH, 1765 CE in Teerah and died in Chura Sharif in 1286 AH, 1869 CE.