Jahaniyan Jahangasht

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Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahangasht مخدوم سید جہانیاں جہانگشت البخاری (b 1308- d 1384) was a famous Sufi saint from the South Asia. His descendants are known as Bukhari and are a prominent lineage of Suhrawardi Saadat. Makhdoom was born on 19 January 1308 AD (14 Shaban 707 AH) in Uch near Bahawalpur, Pakistan. His father, Syed Ahmed Kabir, was the youngest son of Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin , better known as Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari,[1] who came from Bukhara to what is now Pakistan in 630 AH (1232 AD).

Bibi Jawindi's Tomb

His Name[edit]

Like his grandfather, his actual name was Jalaluddin, but due to his extensive travelling he acquired the title of Jahangasht, meaning "the world tourer".

Early life[edit]

He completed his education in Uch and Multan. Since the arrival of Syed Jalaluddin Bukhari, his family had been the centre of Islamic propagation in South Asia and due to this prominent status Makhdoom was appointed Shaikh ul Islam by the king Sultan Muhammad Tughlaq. This was a lofty appointment however, Makhdoom left the job and set out for hajj by foot which was considered a noble way to express the devotion to Allah.

Travels and acquisition of knowledge[edit]

There are numerous mythical stories of his travels circulating around and they are obviously the fantasies of his overzealous devotees.[1] Makhdoom spent twelve years in traveling and studying. During his seven years stay in Mecca he would study during the day and earn his living by writing the copies of Quran at night. He also stayed in Medina for two years where he was once given the honour of leading the prayers in Masjid al Nabawi. By the end of his travels he became a prolific scholar in the Islamic sciences and ascended to the higher pedestal of Islamic sainthood.

Relations with Feroze Shah Tughlaq[edit]

After his return to South Asia, Makhdoom earned enormous respect in the eyes of the king, Feroz Shah Tughlaq, and developed close relations with him. This was a unique act of Makhdoom, as the saints of his time would usually distance themselves from kings.

Feroze Shah would go many miles out of his capital city to welcome Makhdoom when he would visit him every second or third year. When Makhdoom would enter the court of Feroze Shah, the King would stand up to show respect for Makhdoom and when he would leave the court the king would stand up and remain standing until Makhdoom would go out of his sight. People would give Makhdoom their requests for the king which Makhdoom would convey. The King would also offer Makhdoom presents and sums of money which Makhdoom would only accept to help the poor and needy. Makhdoom would spend all of that wealth in alms and charity.

Teachings and sainthood[edit]

Makhdoom was a Muslim saint belonging to the Suhrawardiyya Chain of Sufism. He gained profound fame throughout the South Asia. Many students would come to him for the advanced studies of Islam. Not only the students but many religious scholars and Islamic judges would also consult him for guidance. Makhdoom was a strict follower of shariat, saying that he who did not follow shariat in his speech and action could not become wali (the friend of God). He authored many books some parts of which have survived and are still a source of guidance for the posterity.

Spreading Islam[edit]

Many tribes in Sindh, Punjab and Gujarat embraced Islam due to the efforts and teachings of Makhdoom.


Makhdoom died at the age of seventy eight on 3 Feb 1384 (10 Zilhajj 785 AH). He is buried in Uch.


His mausoleum in Uch is still an attraction for thousands of devotees. There is a mosque called Masjid e Hajjaj near his mausoleum. It is said that Makhdoom would pray in the same mosque. Baba Fareed ul Din Ganj Shakar and Naseerudin Chiragh Dehlvi also observed Etikaf in this mosque. Bibi Jawindi's mausoleum is a famous tourist attraction and is situated just next to the mausoleum of Makhdoom. She was the first cousin of Makhdoom being related to him as the daughter of his paternal aunt.

Family lineage[edit]


Syed Jalaluddin Hussain Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahangasht is the father of a large branch of Bukhari Sadaat in Pakistan, India, Kashmir and around the world. Syed Jalaluddin Hussain Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahangasht had one daughter Named Malik Jahan and sons names were Syed Nasiruddin Mehmood, Syed Abdullah Qattal, Syed abdulla Bahauddin, Syed Mukarramuddin, Syed Hassan kaberuddin, Syed Nooruddin.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marat-e-Jalali (مرآت جلالی) by Syed Khalil Ahmed Bukhari Hassami , First Edition 1918, Allahabad, Second Edition 1999, Karachi.
  1. http://www.scribd.com/doc/13137344/History-of-forefather-of-Sadat-Bukhari see page 60 and 64
  2. http://randomhouseindia.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/musharraf-ali-farooqi-a-journey-to-europe-via-the-sun-and-mount-qaf/
  3. http://www.spiritualfoundation.net/sufisshaykhs4.htm#127825987