Hazrat Khawaja Muhammad Zaman QS (1st Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Sultanul Aulia Khwaja Muhammad Zaman’s (QS) forefathers belonged to Arabia. Following is the genealogy which shows his direct Lineage from Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (RA) the first Caliph of Islam:
1. Hazrat Sultanul Aulia Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) s/o
2. Shaikh Haji Abdul Latif s/o
3. Shaikh Tayyaab s/o
4. Shaikh Ibrahim s/o
5. Shaikh Abdul Wahid s/o
6. Shaikh Abdul Latif Kalan s/o
7. Shaikh Ahmad s/o
8. Shaikh Baqa s/o
9. Shaikh Muhammad s/o
10. Shaikh Faqrullah s/o
11. Shaikh Abid s/o
12. Shaikh Abdullah s/o
13. Shaikh Taoos s/o
14. Shaikh Ali s/o
15. Shaikh Mustafa s/o
16. Shaikh Malik s/o
17. Muhammad s/o
18. Abul Hassan s/o
19. Muhammad s/o
20. Tayyar s/o
21. Abdul Bari s/o
22. Aziz s/o
23. Fazal s/o
24. Ali s/o
25. Ishaq s/o
26. Ibrahim Abi Bakr s/o
27. Qaim s/o
28. Ateeq s/o
29. Muhammad s/o
30. Abdul Rehman s/o
31. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (RA).
The 24th man of the above-mentioned line Ali bin Ishaq first arrived in Dibal (near Thatta in Sindh) circa 169 AH, or 786 AD. They lived in Thatta for about two-and-half centuries and probably, because of civil wars during the early reigns of Samaa dynasty, when Thatta reached the brim of ruination, they bode farewell to Sindh and the 21st man of the above line Abdul Bari bin Aziz moved to nearby state of Katchh circa 417 AH, or 1026 AD. The family returned to Sindh in 1071 AH and settled in old Luari Sharif.
Hazrat Sultanul Aulia Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) was born in old Luari on Ramazan 21, 1125 AH or October 9, 1713 AD. Since his early age, he was leaned towards religious education. He completed the recitation of Holy Quran under the guidance of his father Shaikh Haji Abdul Latif(Q). Then he moved to Thatta, where he got formal schooling. Here he met the famous Naqshbandi saint Shaikh Muhammad, known as Abul Massakeen(Q). Hazrat Abul Massakeen (Q) immediately admitted him to his circle of disciples and made him busy in Muraqiba (meditation). After six months, Hazrat Sultanul Aulia (Q) attained such a status that Hazrat Abul Massakeen (Q) allowed him to make his own disciples. A few years after the death of Hazrat Abul Massakeen (Q), he returned to old Luari Sharif and in 1150 AH, or 1741 AD shifted to the present Luari Sharif, where he established his own school of the Naqshbandia order and guided the people towards the divine destination, the entity of Allah.
For 38 years he remained the tutor and guide of the masses and led them on the path of Allah. He passed away on Zul Quad 4, 1188 AH or January 6, 1775 AD and was laid to rest in his chamber in Luari Sharif. He was succeeded by his able son Hazrat Mehboob-us-Samad Khwaja Gul Muhammad (Q), who later built a tomb over the grave of Hazrat Sultanul Aulia (Q), which is known as Dargah Luari Sharif and famous all over the world for its contribution towards preaching of Islam.
The message, which Hazrat Sultanul Aulia (Q) gave to the world, is simple, which emphasises the human being not to be oblivious of cause of his creation ie, to worship Allah.
Hazrat Khwaja Gul Muhammad (Q) (2nd Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Khwaja Gul Muhammad, known as Hazrat Mehboob-us-Samad, was the second Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif. He was born in Luari Sharif on Rabi-ul-Awwal 11, 1177 AH or September 19, 1763 AD.
He was only 11 years old when his father, Hazrat Sultan-ul-Oliya Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q), passed away. At that time many disciples objected that due to his childhood, he might not be able to become the spiritual head but Shaikh Abdul Rahim of Girhori (Q) allayed that fears of the people and was the first to accept his leadership.
Despite his young age, Hazrat Khwaja Gul Muhammad bestowed the similar spiritual bounties upon his followers, which were associated with his reverend father. His circle of disciples comprised people from every strata of the society. The included from ordinary peasants and artisans, to the elderly followers of Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) and to the political elite, such as the Talpur generals in the Sindh army.
It was his time when the Talpurs rebelled against the Kalhora rulers. Though the Kalhoras had apparently called themselves very respectful towards Luari Sharif, but in fact, the ruling elite had turned their back on the pledges their elders made to Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q). The Talpurs’ leader, Mir Bijar Khan, approached Khwaja Gul Muhammad (Q) for his blessings in his quest for the takeover of the Sindh throne, but he chose not to indulge in politics. Instead he referred Mir to Shaikh Abdul Rahim Girhori (Q), who sided with the Talpurs only after Mir Bijar Khan undertook to introduce certain social reforms in Sindh during his rule. With the blessings of Shaikh Girhori (Q) the Talpurs emerged victorious.
For whole his life Khwaja Gul Muhammad (Q) remained the personification of piety always busy in prayers. He used to offer Tahajud (after midnight) prayers regularly besides routine five times prayers. He passed away on Rabi-ul-Sani 27, 1218 AH or August 14, 1803 AD. He was laid to rest beside his father in the shrine of Luari Sharif. He was succeeded by his son Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam Khwaja Muhammad Zaman II (Q).
Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) (second) (3rd Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) is known as Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam. He was the eldest son of Hazrat Mehboob-us-Samad (Q). He was born in Ramazan, 1199 AH or July 1785 AD. He was the namesake of his grand father, but the people who had seen Hazrat Sultan-ul-Oliya Khwaja Muhammad Zaman (Q) used to say that it was not the name, which was common among them but also the same features and same habits.
He became the third Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif at the age of 19 years. During those days, Ahmad Shah Abdali, ruler of Afghanistan invaded Sindh. Due to worsening law and order situation Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam (Q) left Luari Sharif and moved to a nearby place. After peace returned to the area, he came back. Later, he built a fort in Luari Sharif for self protection.
Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam had five brothers, out of them four became envy to him and tried to oust him from Luari Sharif. They convinced Mir Ghulam Ali, the then ruler of Sindh and provoked him to demolish the fort which he did. The fort was rebuilt later when Mir Ghulam Ali died in mysterious conditions. The jealous brothers on many occasions attacked the fort and killed hundreds of servants and followers of Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam (Q).
Hazrat Ghaus-e-Alam (Q) passed away on Safar 17, 1247 AH or July 28, 1831 AD. He was laid to rest in the Shrine of
Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Hasan (Q) (4th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Shah Madani Khwaja Muhammad Hassan (Q) was born on Muharram 1, 1235 AH or October 24, 1819 AD. In 1247 AH when he became the fourth Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif, he was only 12 years old. His hostile uncles were out to pose a great threat to his life and the sanctity and dignity of the religious institution, he headed. He courageously faced all the odds and maintained the sanctity of Luari Sharif.
He was very fond of performing Hajj and true lover of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). During his life time he performed Hajj six times. He passed away in Madina Munnawara, while on his sixth pilgrimage on Safar 7, 1298 AH or January 9, 1881. He was laid to rest in Janat-ul-Baqee, Madina Munnawara.
Hazrat Shah Madani was very punctual practitioner of Islamic prayers. He spent his nights in Zikr (reciting the name of Allah). He was succeeded by his son Hazrat Shah Makki (Q).
Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Saeed (Q) (5th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Shah Makki Khwaja Muhammad Saeed (Q) was born in Luari Sharif on Ramazan 4, 1264 AH or August 4, 1848 AD. From his early age, he was fond of acquiring knowledge of Islam and Sufism. And in his prime youth, he became a scholar himself.
Like his reverend father, he was also fond of pilgrimage to Makkah. He also performed Hajj six times. He passed away in Makkah on Muharram 2, 1324 AH or February 26, 1906 and was laid to rest in Jannat-ul-Maula, Makkah Mukarrama.
Hazrat Shah Makki (Q) was a man of letters and a great scholar of Islam. His decree on Islamic laws was unchallengeable. He wrote many books, including a book of poetry known as “Dewan-e-Saeed” on the pattern of works of Hafiz Shirazi. He was succeeded by his son Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen Pir Haji Ahmad Zaman (Q).
Hazrat Pir Haji Ahmad Zaman (Q) (6th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen Pir Haji Ahmad Zaman (Q) was born in Luari Sharif on Zul Hajj 16, 1297 AH or November 9, 1881 AD. At the time of his birth, his father was in Makkah with his grand father Hazrat Shah Madani for performing Hajj.
After the demise of his father Khwaja Muhammad Saeed in 1906, he became the Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif. After a few years stay in Luari Sharif, he migrated to Karachi in 1915. Here, he invited all human beings to come under the sacred flag of ‘Kul’ for acquiring faith, right path and peace. His call caused anguish among followers of a particular Muslim sect. Later, he shifted to Amritsar (Now in Indian Punjab) in 1922. But after a decade, he returned and continued his preach.
Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen (Q) was the man of words and wisdom and unique in his calibre. Many scholars came to have debate with him over his religious thoughts, but could never convince rather they accepted that Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen (Q) was the true preacher of Islam.
He passed away on Rajab 1, 1357 AH or August 27, 1938 AD in Karachi and was laid to rest in the Shrine of Luari Sharif.
Hazrat Pir Gul Hassan (Q) (7th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Pir Badshah Pir Gul Hassan (Q) was the only son of Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen (Q) who became the seventh Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah of Luari Sharif after the demise of his father. At the time of his elevation as the Pir of Luari Sharif, he was facing severe criticism from sectarian priests, who were then enjoined by some of his close relatives. But Hazrat Pir Badshah (Q) never budged before them and always remained firm in his faith and determined to carry on the mission left by his reverend father Hazrat Imam-ul-Arfeen (Q).
Many scholars of present times agree that Hazrat Pir Badshah (Q), besides worldly sagacity, had the vast knowledge of spiritualism. A selfless, humble and unassuming Pir Badshah (Q) lived a very simple life. He was man of conviction and never compromised on faith and principles.
He passed away on Zul Quad 27, 1402 AH or September 16, 1982 AD. He had no issue, therefore, he nominated his able disciple and lieutenant Hazrat Rahimee Badshah Pir Haji Faiz Muhammad (Q) as his successor.
Hazrat Pir Haji Faiz Muhammad (Q) (8th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Hazrat Rahimee Badshah Pir Haji Faiz Muhammad belonged to the Hashemite branch of the Quresh through Abdul Mutalib, the grandfather of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He was born in Qazi Ahmad, District Nawabshah, Sindh, on Sha’ban 14, 1348 AH or January 15, 1930 AD. He was the direct descendent of Hazrat Qazi Ahmad (RA) – One of the most prominent devotees of Hazrat Sultanul Oliya Khawaj Muhammad Zaman (Q).
Hazrat Rahimee Badshah became Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Hazrat Qazi Ahmad (Q) after the demise of his father Pir Mian Pir Muhammad (Q) in 1956.
Hazrat Rahimee Badshah (Q) was a true lover of his spiritual guide, Hazrat Pir Badshah (Q). Always punctual in all religious obligations as well as rituals of Naqshbandi order, he dedicated his life to the cause of Luari Sharif.
In 1982, he became Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif, according to the will of Hazrat Pir Badshah (Q) and assumed the sacred office of guiding humanity towards the path of Allah. He passed away on Jamadi-us-Sani 18, 1416 AH or November 11, 1995 AD. He was laid to rest in the shrine of Hazrat Qazi Ahmad (District Nawabshah).
Hazrat Pir Muhammad Sadiq Qureshi (9th Pir of Luari Sharif)
Hazrat Pir Muhammad Sadiq Qureshi is the present Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif. He was born on Rajab 24, 1399 AH or June 20, 1979 AD. He has got his early education from his father Hazrat Rahimee Badshah (Q) and later schooled in prestigious institutions in his native town Qazi Ahmad and then in Islamabad (the capital of Pakistan).
Hazrat Pir Muhammad Sadiq Qureshi became the 9th Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Luari Sharif and the 11th Sajjadah Nashin of Dargah Hazrat Qazi Ahmad (RA) after the passing of his father, Hazrat Rahimee Badshah (Q), in 1995.
Since then, Hazrat Pir Muhammad Sadiq Qureshi is engaged in the furthering the sacred mission of his elders, preaching and propagating the universal message of peace and spiritualism of Hazrat Sultan-ul-Aulia (Q).
Hazrat Pir Muhammad Sadiq Qureshi has the great desire for the betterment of the followers of Luari Sharif and as the leader of the Jamaat, he is supporting the worldly progress of the followers of Dargah Luari Sharif. He encourages his followers to educate their children, especially girls, and shun superstitious traditions for their advancement in life.
As part of his efforts for bringing in modernization and moderation in the Jamaat Luari Sharif, he also stresses on social equality among the members of the Jamaat, whereby discouraging unnecessary extravagant lifestyle like expensive weddings or huge dowry etc. He admonishes the Jamaat to live within means and support each other to lead the best way of life in accordance with the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.
He is also running many welfare organisations in various capacities, which are serving not only the Jamaat Luari Sharif but also the general public at large. The services rendered by the organizations and NGOs such as Pir Gul Hassan Shah Trust, Hazrat Sultan-ul-Oliya Foundation and the Nishat Welfare Organisation, are recognised not only nationally but internationally also.