Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari

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Tomb: Syed Jalaludin Sher Shah Surkh Posh Bukhari

Jalaluddin "Surkh-Posh" Bukhari (Urdu: سید جلال الدین سرخ پوش بخاری‎, c. 595-690 AH, 1190 – 1295 CE) was a Sufi saint and missionary belonging to the Sufi order of Hussaini Jalali. He venerated in his own tareeqa e hussaini. A lot of people attribute him to suharwardiya which is completely against the facts. He was a contemporary of baha ul din zikriya r.a but not a disciple. The original mushajrat and complete history of his work and personal life is under possession of Bukhari sadaat of uch-Bukhari. A lot of books are written on his life which contains mainly non-reliable sources creating misinformation about the saint.


Bukhari, a family name, is derived from his birthplace Bukhara in modern-day Uzbekistan.[1] Bukhari is a Sayyid from Naqvi denomination, a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through his grandsons Husayn ibn Ali and Hasan ibn Ali. Bukhari was born as Jalaluddin Haider.

Bukhari was nicknamed Surkh-Posh ("clad in red") because he often wore a red mantle.[2]

Over times, he has been referred to by a number of names and titles: Jalal Ganj; Mir Surkh (Red Leader); Sharrifullah (Noble of Allah); Mir Buzurg (Big Leader); Makhdum-ul-Azam; Jalal Akbar; Azimullah; Sher Shah (Lion King); Jalal Azam and Surkh-Posh Bukhari. With formal honorifics, he is also called Sayyid Jalaluddin; Mir Surkh Bukhari; Shah Mir Surkh-Posh of Bukhara; Pir Jalaluddin Qutub-al-Aqtab; Sayyid Jalal and Sher Shah Sayyid Jalal.


Bukhari's life was spent travelling. As an Islamic missionary, he converted tribes such as the Soomro, Samma, Chadhar, Sial, Daher and the Warar.Bukhari was one of the Chaar Yaar (not to be confused with the Rashidun). The Chaar Yaar were the group of pioneers of the Suhrawardiyya and Chisti Sufi movements of the 13th century. Bukhari founded the "Jalali" order. He converted the Samma, the Sial, the Chadhar, the Daher and the Warar tribes of the Southern Punjab and Sindh.[3]

Some of his followers (mureed) spread to Gujarat. The mureed included Bukhari's grandson, Jahaniyan Jahangasht (d. 1384 CE) who visited Mecca 36 times. Other mureeds included Abu Muhammad Abdullah (Burhanuddin Qutb-e-Alam) (d. 1453 CE) and Shah e Alam (d. 1475 CE). In 1134 CE, the Sial followers of Bukhari settled in the community that is now Jhang. Bukhari's descendant, Mehboob Elahi Shah|Mehboob Elahi Naqvi-ul Bukhari Al-Maroof Shah Jewna also moved to Jhang from Kannauj. There is a town in Pakistan on the name of Shah Jewna his descendants still present in India as well as Pakistan. Many of Bukhari's disciples are buried in Banbhore and Makli Hill near Thatta.[4][5][6][7][8]

Legendary meetings[edit]

Sultan of Delhi[edit]

In 642 AH, when Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari had begun his missionary work in Uch Shareef, he was visited by Nasiruddin Mahmud of the Delhi Sultanate.[citation needed]

Shah Daulah Shahid[edit]

Shah Daulah Shahid, is a Muslim saint who is buried in Bengal. In Bukhara, Bukhari presented Saint Daulah with a pair of gray pigeons. From Bukhara, Saint Daulah travelled to Bengal where he battled and was killed by the Hindu king of Shahzadpur.[9]


One of Bukhari's female disciples was Lalleshwari (Lal Ded) (d. 1400 CE, Bijbehara). She interacted with Jahaniyan Jahangasht, a descendant of Bukhari and was impressed by him. She travelled in Kashmir with him. Lalla was a teacher of Nuruddin Nurani who is considered by the Kashmiris, both Hindus as well as Muslims, as the patron saint of Kashmir.[10]

Chengiz Khan[edit]

Per legend, on his way to India, he also met Chengiz Khan, the Mongol conqueror, and tried to convert him to Islam but failed.[2]

His two male issues from his second wife, Fatima, the daughter of Sayyid Qasim Hussein Bukhari, Sayyid Ali and Sayyid Jaffar, are buried in tombs at Bukhara. He brought his son Sayyid Baha-ul-Halim with him to Sindh and then he settled in Uchch in 1244.[citation needed]


In 1244 CE (about 640AH), Bukhari moved to Uch, South Punjab (also known as Uch Sharif after the saint settled there) with his son, Baha-ul-Halim, where he founded a religious school. He died in about 690 AH (1292 CE) and was buried in a small town near Uch.[citation needed] After his tomb was damaged by flood waters of the Ghaggar-Hakra River, Bukhari's remains were buried in Qattal town. In 1027 AH, Sajjada Nashin Makhdoom Hamid, son of Muhammad Nassir-u-Din, moved Bukhari's remains to their present location in Uch and erected a building over them. In 1770s CE, the tomb was rebuilt by the Nawab of Bahawalpur, Bahawal Khan II.[citation needed]

Mosque (left) and entrance to the tomb/shrine of Jalaluddin Bukhari (right) in Uch

The tomb is a short way from the cemetery of Uch. It stands on a promontory overlooking the plains and the desert beyond. To one side of the tomb is a mosque decorated with blue tile work. In front of the tomb is a pool. A carved wooden door leads into the room containing Bukhari's coffin. UNESCO describes the site:

The brick-built tomb measures 18 meters by 24 meters and its carved wooden pillars support a flat roof and it is decorated with glazed tiles in floral and geometric designs. The ceiling is painted with floral designs in lacquer and its floor covered with the graves of the saint and his relatives an interior partition provides 'purdah' for those of his womenfolk. Its mosque consists of a hall, measuring 20 meters by 11 meters, with 18 wooden pillars supporting a flat roof. It was built of cut and dressed bricks and further decorated, internally and externally, with enamelled tiles in floral and geometric designs.[11]

Mela Uch Sharif[edit]

According to World Monuments Fund, "The ancient city of Uch was one of several metropolises founded by Alexander the Great on his crusade through Central Asia in the late 4th century BC."[12]

The Mela Uch Sharif is a week-long mela (folk festival) held in March – April in Uch. People from the southern Punjab come to honour Bukhari's role in spreading Islam. Participants visit Bukhari's tomb, and offer Friday prayers at the local mosque which was built by the Abbasids. The mela commemorates the congregation of Sufi saints connected with Bukhari. It aligns with the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra.


Bukhara's old town in 2012, Uzbekistan

Bukhari was born on Friday, the fifth day of the twelfth month (Dhu al-Hijjah) of the year 595 AH in Balkh, Bukhara Region, in present-day Uzbekistan. Bukhari was the son of Syed Ali Al-Moeed and the grandson of Syed Ja’far Muhammed Hussain.[13] Bukhari's early education was provided by his father. He was later influenced by Syed Shahjamal Mujarad of Kolhapur State in modern-day India.[citation needed]

Fatima (first wife)[edit]

Bukhari's first wife was Syeda Fatima, daughter of Syed Qasim. Bukhari and Fatima had two children, Ali and Ja’far. In 635 AH, after Fatima's death, Bukhari moved with his two sons from Bukhara to Bhakkar, Punjab.[14] Both their sons Ali and Ja’far are buried in Bukhara. Jafar son was Abdullah also buried in Bukhara

Zohra (second wife)[edit]

In Bhakkar, Bukhari married Bibi Tahirah (Zohra), daughter of Syed Badruddin Bhakkari, the son of Sayyid Muhammad Makki. Zohra and Bukhari had two sons: Sadruddin Mohammed Ghaus (who moved to the Punjab) and Bahauddin Mohamed Masoom. Their descendants now live in and around Thatta, Uch (Deogarh) and Lahore. A daughter of Sadruddin Mohammed Ghaus married Jahaniyan Jahangasht.[13]

Bibi Fatima Habiba Saeeda (third wife)[edit]

After Zohra's death, Bukhari married the second daughter of Badruddin Bhakkari, Bibi Fatima Habiba Saeeda. They had a son, Ahmed Kabir, who was the father of Jahaniyan Jahangasht and Makhdoom Syed Sadruddin Shah Kabir Naqvi Al Bukhari (father of Shah Jewna).[13][15][16] It is mentioned within books of history that Sayyid Badruddin's two brothers Sayyid Maah and Sayyid Shams objected to him marrying his two daughters to Bukhari and exiled Bukhari from Bhakkar.[17]

Ancestors and descendants[edit]

Bukhari's biography and family history are cited extensively in such works as the Marat-e-Jalali, the Mazher-i-Jalali, the Akber-ul-Akhyar, the Rauzat-ul-Ahbab, Maraij-ul-Walayat, Manaqabi Qutbi, the Siyar-ul-Aqtar, the Siyar-ul-Arifeen and the Manaqib-ul-Asifya. These manuscripts are held by Bukhari Sayyids, however the work Marat-e-Jalali was first published in 1918 in book form from Allahabad, India and its second edition with updates and more research material was printed as a book in 1999 from Karachi, Pakistan. His descendants are called Naqvi al-Bukhari. The part of Uch where the family settled is called "Uch Bukharian".

The lineage contains saints and religious leaders. Some moved to Turkestan and were married to the Tatar Mongols. Others moved to Bursa in Turkey and others moved to Bilot Sharif, in the district of Attock (Raess ul Abdal Dewan Syed Imam Jafar Shah Bukhari-ul-Naqvi commonly known as Dewan Syed Imam Chakar Shah Bukhari which was nephew and son-in-law of Syed Saddrudin Bhakkari locally known as Sukhai Sultan Bhakkari Attock Khurd and furthermore his elder son Shah Ateequllah Dewan Bukhari made foundations of the village of Kamra Kalaan and younger son Syed Shah Nazar Dewan Bukhari travelled to district Sialkot, preaching and converting local tribes to Islam. He is buried (in Tehsil Shakargarh in the village Kotli Shah Saleem Kala Chechi (Kara Chechen) and in village Nurkot, etc.). Some of the descendants later travelled to Wadpagga Sharif, near Peshawar, to preach Islam in Tribal Areas of Kurram, Orakzai and Kohat. In Kannauj there is a famous Mosque on the name of Bukhari's son Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahangasht. It was built by Jahaniyan's descendant and Sikandar Lodi’s advisor Syed Sadarudin Shah Kabir Naqvi Al Bukhari. This mosque is lauded for its aesthetic blend of architectural styles.[18][19][20][21][22]

In Kurram Agency, the Jalali Leader was Syed Pahlawan Shah Bukhari, he was the son of a well known scholar and a spiritualist, Syed Hussain Ali Shah Bukhari also known as Faqir ul Fuqara. Syed Pahlwan shah completed his religious education from Najaf Iraq and returned to Kurram Agency for preaching moral values, tenderness towards the fellow beings, peace and to educate the people who were mostly barbaric and intolerant to the other tribes. Syed Pahlwan Shah also resisted the British Raj in Kurram Agency. He and his followers proved to be a lead wall against the tyrant rulers of the British Empire. Most of the British Political agents used to visit him for cooperation and support. He promised his assistance on the condition that the basic human rights of the individuals would not be violated. Many miracles are attributed to Syed Pahlwan Shah who resided mostly on the cliff of a nearby mountain to have an eye on all his followers and inhabitants of his areas. He was mostly popular for his generosity and supporting the oppressed in the communities. Syed Hussain Ali Shah's elder son Syed Gul Badshah used to reside in Orakzai Agency, and was both the spiritual and political leader of his followers. Syed Gul Badshah Bukhari often visited his brother in the Khurram Agency to support him in different issues arising of the tribal/political clashes. Both the spiritual circles of the Bukharis' are maintained in both the tribal areas by their descendants till date and are considered influential in the adjacent tribal areas. In Bannu a city of Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in modern-day Pakistan, Syed Meeran Shah, resided in a village named after his lineage, Koti Saadat, which means the residence of Syed's. He was of Bukhari naqvi blood line and one of the descendants of Jalal ud din Surkhposh Bukhari. His name is mentioned in the city's history book as a generous and kind hearted fellow who always helped the needy in his surroundings, gave land to the poor free of cost, fed their families, paid for their funerals and wanted to educate them all. He contributed in the promotion of religious education in his city, he was the custodian of peace and tranquillity amongst his audacious and fearsome pukhtoon disciples and always preached calm and reposal.

There are a number of tombs of Bukhari descendants across the Punjab, Sindh, Indian Gujrat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Uttar Pradesh in India. They include: Jahaniyan Jahangasht (d. 1308 CE), Makhdum Jahaniyan Kannauj Tomb, Baba Shah Jamal and Meeran Muhammad Shah aka Mauj Darya Bukhari in Lahore, Baba Shah Saleem and Shah Nazar in Sialkot District and Rajan Qittal, Sayyed Tomb in Abdullapur Meerut, Bibi Jawindi (c. 1492 CE), Bukhari's great granddaughter and Mir Mohammad Masoom, the forefather of the Bokhari Naqvi family of Dreg, Dera Ghazi Khan and Channan Pir and Wadpagga Sharif in Peshawar. Some moved to Firozpur region such as Kabbarwala, Fattanwala and Fazilka India then migrated into Pakistan mainly settling in Dipalpur tehsil and abroad but initially traveled outwards from the headquarters at Bahawalpur, and Uch during the 1800s with their Sikh friends to Sri Mukstar Sahib region of Ferozpur. Great Grand son of Hz. Jahaniya Jahangasht Qazi Husamuddin Hasan Bukhari in Allahabad (Old Kara Manikpur) in Uttar Pradesh India and his descendants are presently found in Chail known as Naqvi Bukhari Syeds.

The tomb of Bibi Jawindi and the tomb and mosque of Jalaluddin Bukhari have been on the "tentative" list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2004.[11] World Monuments Fund also promotes its conservation.[12]

He also had a son called Syed Ahmad Kabir who moved to Makkah. Kabir's sister, Syeda Haseenah Fatimah, was the mother of Shah Jalal.

Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari's descendants also found in Abdullapur Meerut through Hazrat Shah Jewna descendant of Hazrat Jaffar Tuwaab Bin Imam Ali Naqi.[citation needed] The Pakistani writer, linguist and critic Syed Shuja’at Ali Naqvi Al-Bukhari, also known as Syed Qudrat Naqvi, was also from Abdullapur; he migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India.[23][24][25][26][27]

Family lineage[edit]

According to Mara'at Jalali[13] and Malfuzul Makhdoom, Bukhari's lineage is:

See also[edit]


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