Posted by : shabbirbhutta Saturday, 30 April 2016

Bari Imam (1617–1705)

Bari Imam, his real name was Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, was born in 1026 Hijra (1617 AD) in Chakwal. His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, shifted his family from Chakwal District (Village Karsal) to Baghan village, presently called Aabpara (Islamabad). At that time, it was a barren land. Soon after the arrival of Bari Imam’s family, his father started farming and also kept some animals. Shah Latif helped his father in grazing the animals, but left his father at 12 and came to Noor Pur Shahan (Islamabad).

Bari Imam converted thousands of Hindus into Muslims through the teachings of Islam at Noor Pur Shahan.  While spreading the message of peace he convinced them to become law abiding citizens. He was one of the great preachers of Islam during his time in Pothwar area, in this part of the world,  

 Bari Imam went to Ghorghushti  (District Attock) where he stayed for two years to learning fiqh, hadith, logic, and other disciplines related to Islam, because at that time it was a great seat of learning.

Bari Imam visited many places, including Kashmir, Badakhshan, Bukhara, Mashhad, Baghdad and Damascus. He not only received spiritual knowledge in these places but also held discussions with scholars belonging to different schools of thought on various subjects. Later, he went to Hejaz to perform Hajj.

Bari Imam received spiritual knowledge from Hayat-al-Mir (Zinda Pir). His Pir (Sufi Mentor) gave him the title of Bari Imam (The leader of the earth).

Every year at the Urs (Birth celebration) of the saint, gains momentum; devotees in their thousands set out for the Margalla foothills and gather at Noorpur Shahan to pay their respect. Although there is many swarm the shrine all year round.

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