All Information About hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh & Data Darbar Lahore
It has a been a practice of Sufi saints coming to the South Asia to first visit the shrine of Hazrat Usman Ali Hujwiri. Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti first came to Lahore to pay his respects at Data Ganj-Bakhsh upon his arriving in the subcontinent where he spent quite some time in meditation and prayer before reaching enlightenment. There he was directed to settle in Ajmer Sharif and commence his spiritual mission to go further east and preach into India. Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti paid homage to Hazrat Usman Ali Hujwiri in the following words:
Ganj Bakhsh-e faiz-e aalam, mazhar-e Nur-i Khuda
Naqisaan ra pir-e kaamil, kaamilaan ra rahnuma
Ganj Bakhsh is a manifestation of the Light of God for the people
A perfect guide unto the imperfect ones and a guide unto the perfect ones
Hujwiri probably entered the Sufi path very early in his life and spent many years travelling to Iran, Iraq, Syria etc., during which he met several Sufi saints. He studied Sufism under Abu’l-Fadl Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Khuttali through whom he is spiritually connected) with Junaid Baghdadi.. He settled for some time in Iraq where he had a short experience with married life. Finally he was taken as a captive to Lahore, where he spent the rest of his life and compiled the major portion of his book, The Kashf Al Mahjub. Although a Sunni Hanafi, Hujvery’s theology was reconciled with the concept of Sufi annihilation. However he strenuously campaigned against the doctrine that human personalities can be merged with God, instead likening annihilation to burning by fire which allows the substance to acquire fire like properites while retaining its own individuality. He also was a great upholder of the Sharia and rebuffed the idea that outward observances of Islam are not important for Sufis. Hujwiri believed that individuals should not claim to have attained “marifat” or gnosis because it meant that one was prideful, and that true understanding of God should be a silent understanding.
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif formally inaugurated on Friday the ceremonies of 968th Urs of Hazrat Ali Hajveri, commonly known as Data Ganj Bukhsh, at his shrine located in the main city area.
A large of devotees and visitors from across the world converge to Data Darbar to pay respect at the holy shrine of the religious saint.
The Urs celebrations will continue for three days till January 15