Sufi Saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi ‘Urs’ begins from today

Web Desk: The IG Sindh, Abdul Majeed Dasti has ordered strict security as the urs of Sindh famous Saint Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi begins from today, Sunday (22 Zilhajj).

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Abdullah Shah Ghazi was an eighth century Muslim mystic and Sufi whose shrine is located in the Clifton neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan.

According to city of Karachi’s historian and architect, Suhail Lari, being the son of Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, Abdullah Shah Ghazi was of the Ahl al-Bayt (member of the household of Muhammad). He was born in Medina in 720 and arrived in Sindh as an Arab merchant. Another noted historian, M. Daudpota, says that Ghazi came in the area from Iraq with Muhammad bin Qasim’s army and took part in fighting Sindh’s Hindu ruler Raja Dahir in the seventh century. Abdullah Shah Ghazi was said to have been killed by enemies in a forest, with devotees returning his body to a site on the coast where he is said to have first stepped foot in Sindh. He was buried atop a hillock in Karachi along with his brother Misry Shah.

The shrine is situated next to what will be Pakistan’s tallest skyscraper.
The tomb is built on a high platform, though the body is kept in a subterranean crypt. The shrine is made of high, square chamber and a green-and-white striped dome, decorated with Sindhi tilework, flags and buntings. The shrine attracts a steady stream of devotees who caress the silver railing around the burial place and drape it with garlands of flowers. The shrine is said to be particularly popular with Urdu-speakers and Punjabis. As a sign of cooperation among different faiths, some Christian and Hindu community members are occasionally seen also at the shrine.

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