Baba Shah Jamal

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Syed Shah Jamal (1588–1671) was a Sufi saint.

Syed Shah Jamal Uddin Naqvi Bukhari famous as Baba Shah Jamal was born in 1588 CE. He is also known as Hussaini Syed.

Syed Shah Jamal was descendant of Makhdoom Syed Sadruddin Rajan Qattal, who was a son of Makhdoom Syed Sultan Ahmad Kabir Bin Makhdoom Syed Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari. Syed Shah Jamal belonged to the school of Qadiriyyah and Suhrawardiyya.

He lived in Lahore's neighbourhood of Ichra at the time of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great. The emperor, along with the council of his advisers, introduced the Din-i-Ilahi ("Divine Faith") a syncretic religion intended to merge the best elements of the religions of his empire (primarily Hinduism and Islām; elements were also taken from Christianity, Jainism and Zoroastrianism) and thereby reconcile the sectarian differences that divided his subjects. Syed Shah Jamal fought against Akbar’s Din-i-Ilahi and brought the people back to orthodox Islam. The saint died in 1671 CE and was buried at Shah Jamal Colony Tomb of Shah Jamal near Muslim town, opposite to Forman Christian (FC) College.

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