Sufi Barkat Ali

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Sufi Barkat Ali
صوفی برکت علی
Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali
Born (1911-04-27)27 April 1911
(27 Rabi' Al-Thani 1329 AH)
Ludhiana, British India
Died 26 January 1997(1997-01-26) (aged 85)
(16 Ramadan 1417 AH)
Faisalabad, Pakistan
Title Tajdar-e-Darul ehsan, Muhajirilallah, Mutawakalilallah
Religion Sufi Islam
Children Five

Hadrat Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianiwi (Urdu: حضرت ابو انس محمد برکت علی-لودھیانیوا‎; 27 April 1911 – 26 January 1997), also referred to as Babaji Sarkar by his disciples, was a Muslim Sufi saint who belongs to the Qadri spiritual order, born in a small village of Brahmi in the Tehsil of Ludhiana in Northern British India.

Hadrat is founder of the non-political, non-profit, religious organisation, Darul Ehsan.

Birth and early life[edit]

Hadrat was born into a Muslim family belonging to the Dhariwal Jatt ethnic group.[1] His father, Mian Nigahi Bakhsh, was an employee of the British Army.[2]

Like other Muslims, he learned the reading of the Qur'an in his village Brahmi and then went to the nearest available schools in the towns of Halwara, famous for its Indian Air Force base, to receive his education.

He gave various interviews to Pakistan National TV Channel PTV.[3] On 25 September 2008, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri praised the founder of Darul Ehsan, Barkat Ali and his work while talking to the participants.[4]

Professional life[edit]

At the age of 19, he joined the Royal British Army as a commissioned officer in the engineering corps on 9 April 1930. A special certificate of education from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, was awarded to him, along with the selection of "Voy cadet" in Military Academy.[citation needed] His tenure in the army was spent in the Roorki Cantt. He served the Royal Engineering Corps for thirteen years only and was honourably discharged in 1945.[citation needed]

Religious visits to Khanqah-e-Sabir (the holy sanctuary of Hazrat Sabir) at Kalyar, 6 miles (9.7 km) away from Roorki Cantt, was a regular habit of Barkat Ali. He would often spend the night there in worship whilst employed in the army.

Married life and family[edit]

At the age of 16, he married Barkat Bibi in August 1927, who died on 9 January 1978 and was buried at Salarwala. His family consists of five daughters and one son; his son Mian Muhammad Anwar, died on 26 April 1981, at the age of 45.


Hadrat took allegiance (Bay'ah) at the hands of his Pir, Hakeem Syed Amir-ul-Hassan Saharanpuri, whom he called the 'Sultan of Mysticism (Shah-e-Wilayat)'[5] on the 19 Rabi' al-thani 1363 A.H. at Peeran-e-Kalyar Sharif. His spiritual guide commanded him to migrate to Pakistan at the time of the partition of the Indo-Pak subcontinent and then the people started calling him as an emigrant to Allah (Muhajir-il-Allah).

Basic teachings[edit]

He always guided his followers to perform three tasks which form the basis of his teachings:

  1. Dhikrullah (invocation or remembrance of Allah the Almighty)
  2. Dawat-o-tableeg-ul-Islam (invitation to and spread of Islam)
  3. Belaus-khidmat-e-khalq (selfless service to mankind)

Charity works[edit]

Two free eye camps are held biannually at Darul Ehsan and a camp at Dalowal. Major operations, such as the removal of cataracts, are performed twice a year with 100% success[2][citation needed] by Muslim doctors coming from all over the world at no cost. The hospital area is about 125,000 square feet of space with about twelve hundred beds. Between the two hospitals, hundreds of thousands more procedures have been undertaken during the last decade.[6]

Literary works[edit]

His literary work is notable in the Muslim world and his name is also included in the list of Muslim writers and poets. To convey the message of Allah and guidance of Muhammad to the whole world, he wrote more than 400 books on different themes including religion, ethics, metaphysics, hierology, philosophy and psychology. These books are distributed worldwide free of charge.[citation needed] His publications include:

  • Makshoofat Manazal-e-Ehsan,[7] 5 volumes
  • Kitab-ul-Amal Bis-Sunnah##,[8] 5 volumes
  • Asma-un-Nabi-ul-Kareem,[9] 6 volumes
  • Maqalat-e-Hikmat 30 volumes (mobile app available on Google Play Store)[10]
  • Zikr-e-Elahi[11]
  • Yusaloona-alan-Nabi
  • Altobato Wal Astaghfar
  • Al-Sammat, 1 volume
  • Jism-ul-Wojood Al Barkat Ali

Famous sayings[edit]

  • "Qul ishqu Muhammadin madhabi, wahubbuhu millati, wa ta'atuhu manzili" ("Say: Devotion to Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) is my Faith, his love my way of life, and obedience to him my goal.")[this quote needs a citation]
  • "Every city has a speciality. The speciality of Darul Ehsan is the remembrance of Allah."[this quote needs a citation]
  • "Everything revolves around an axis. The axis of Darul Ehsan is the love of the Holy Prophet and the unity of the Muslims. And this is the call of the time."[this quote needs a citation]
  • "The time is not far off when the decisions of the world will be based on the 'yes' and 'no' of Pakistan."[3]

Tribute by non-Muslims[edit]

American cultural anthropologist Katherine Pratt Ewing visited Darul Ehsan in 1977 for her research study and wrote a tribute to Sufi Barkat Ali: "The presence of a living representative of the Sufi traditions, who possesses all attributes of the original Sufi pirs further reinforces the position that the pirs were not mysterious, magical figures of the mystical past, but were pious men. They performed for their era what living Sufis can do today for ours."[12]


Hadrat Abu Anees Sufi Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianwi died on 26 January 1997 at the age of 85. He is buried at Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan, Chak # 242 RB, in Faisalabad and his mission is continuing through the efforts of his devotees.

Urs Mubarak[edit]

The Urs Mubarak of Hadrat Abu Anees Sufi Muhammad Barkat Ali Al-Ludhianwi is held every year on the 16th of Ramadan ul Mubarak at Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan Chak # 242 RB (Faisalabad, Pakistan) with attendance in the tens of thousands.

Honorary stamp[edit]

On 27 April 2013, Pakistan post issued a stamp with a denomination of Rs. 8 under the "Men of Letters" series in honour of Sufi Barkat Ali. The stamp can be found on Pakistan Post's official website.[13]


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