HAZRAT PIR SAYYID JAMA’AT ALI SHAH
MUHADDIS ALIPURI QUDSSIRAHUL AZIZ
ANCESTORS, BIRTH, EDUCATION
Born sometime between the years 1830-1840, he was named “Jama’at Ali” by his respected father, Sayyid Karim Shah. His ancestors, who belonged to Shiraz, Iran, migrated to India during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. He was born in Village Alipur Sayyidan, Tehsil Narowal, District Sialkot, in the Punjab province of Pakistan, of which the family is a permanent resident. At a very tender age, he learnt the Holy Koran by heart. He belongs to the Hasni Husaini family of Sadaat, i.e., Sayyids.
KNOWLEDGE & VIRTU
By birth, Ameer-e-Millat was a subtle genius and was endowed with such superb characteristics as mild, gentle right-mindedness and exceptional intuition. These excellent qualities were further refined by learned and accomplished teachers through especial and dedicated attention. Alongside mastering various intellectual and traditional sciences, he gradually kept on achieving latent and spiritual advancements. Indeed, he rivalled the competency of Imam Zahbi in learning, and that of Imam Hajar Asqalani in all-inclusive memorizing. In that era, he was conspicuous for his eloquence par excellence and was unrivalled in dazzling displays of public speaking.
TITLES & APPELLATIONS OF HONOUR
In 1935, during the “Masjid Shaheed Gunj” movement, he was chosen as Ameer-e-Millat (Leader of the Nation) by a convention of religious scholars and elders from all over Punjab. He thus became famous by this “Ameer-e-Millat” title.
Earlier in the 20th century, when Arabia was stricken by a severe famine, he set up a “Madinah Fund” and personally administered tremendous relief work. This ensued in the conferring of the title “Abul Arab” to him from the holy land (Hijaz).
In 1920, a Khilafat Conference was held in Lyallpur, in which Maulana Shaukat Ali addressed him as The Eloquent Person of Hind (India), but he was best known as Huzur Qibla-e-Alam.
His miracles are countless, which really calls for a big volume to record. Nevertheless, the most remarkable and outstanding among them is that each and every one of his descendents to date has been “Hafiz” of the Holy Koran, learned and accomplished religious scholar, and leading a life in strict conformity with Islamic jurisprudence.
Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s father, Karim Shah was formally enlisted as a disciple in the Sufi order of Naqshbandia with his maternal grandfather, Sayyid Husain Shah. He (Karim Shah) was a distinguished saint, showering bounties in abundance to public at large. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam inherited his due share from his celebrated father. Several of his teachers were among the top-ranking religious scholars of their time, who went out of their way and passed on their respective proficiency in different fields of knowledge to Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam. Nevertheless, he still yearned for more and was on the lookout for a venerable guide who could lead him to the mystic way of life.
It so happened that Hazrat Baba Faqir Muhammad Churahi Naqshbandi, a renowned saint of that period, came over to visit Maulvi Ghulam Nabi, who resided at village Chak Quraishiyan, District Sialkot, located in the vicinity of Alipur Sayyidan. On getting the news, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam lost no time in calling in on Hazrat Baba Sahib. The latter very kindly admitted him as a disciple into the Naqshbandia religious order, and favoured him with especial consideration.
Shortly afterwards, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam paid his first visit to Churah Sharif to meet Hazrat Babaji. At the time of the former’s departure, Hazrat Babaji took off his turban and put it on Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s head, thus appointing Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam his deputy, and adding: “Be resolute in remembering Allah, and persist in religious instruction to people at large.”
Some of Hazrat Babaji’s disciples started grumbling and complained to him about this instantaneous elevation in rank of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam, notwithstanding the complainants’ long-standing allegiance and day and night attendance at Hazrat Babaji’s shrine. The latter declared in no uncertain terms: “I am well aware of matters that you people don’t know about. I just cannot make any such decisions without the explicit command of Almighty Allah. Hafizji Sahib (Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam) had carried with him all the paraphernalia: lantern, wick, and oil, all bestowed upon him by Almighty Allah. What I simply did was setting the lantern alight with divine directive.”