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Sheikh Rukn-ud-Din Abul Fath (1251–1335) commonly known by the title Rukn-e-Alam (pillar of the world) or called Shah Rukne Alam was among the eminent Sufi saints from Multan.


The Shaikh was the son of Pir Sadar-Al-Din Arif born at Multan on Friday, the 9th of Ramadan 649 Hijri (26 November 1251).[1] He was the grandson and successor of Shaikh Baha-Ud-Din Zakariya.

Shaikh Rukn-e-Alam (Rukn-al-Din) died on Friday, the 7th of Jumada al-awwal 735 Hijri (3 January 1335). He was buried in the mausoleum of his grandfather, according to his own will. After sometime, however, his coffin was transferred to the present mausoleum. Shaikh Rukn-e-Alam did not get married; although was asked to get married a several time; Shaikh Rukn-e-Alam insisted instead that the children of Sheikh Hameed ud Din al Hakim are as my own children and people will remember my name through Hakim's generations. Upon his death the Sheikh conferred his spiritual succession to Sheikh Hameed ud Din al Hakim, buried at Mau Mubarak in Rahim Yar Khan, who was his Ataleeq e Awal, Khalifa e Awal and was married to his aunt, the daughter of Sheikh Baha ud Din Zikriya.

The saint is still revered today and his tomb is the focus of the pilgrimage of over 100,000 pilgrims from all over South Asia who visit and commemorate his memory.[2] Makhdoom Shahabuddin who is the Sajjada Nashin of Sheikh Hameed ud Din al Hakim is the current Sajjada Nashin and custodian of the Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam.[3]

Follower's Slogan[edit]

نوري حضوري رڪن عالم رح

ڪر آس منهنجي ب پوري

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic Multan Government of Pakistan
  2. ^ Over 100,000 pilgrims as visitors UNESCO World Heritage
  3. ^ Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam "Multan City Online"

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