A brief life-sketch of the Lalajee Sahibaan
Hazrat Pir Syed Ghulam Moinuddin Gilani & Hazrat Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani
Syed Ghulam Muinuddin Gilani (Elder Lalajee) was born on Saturday, the 22nd
May of 1920 (Ramadan 3rd, 1338 A.H.) at Golra Sharif, the then
district Rawalpindi (now it is in District Islamabad, Pakistan). He was
named as “Ghulam Muinuddin” by His Holiness Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir
Meher Ali Shah (R.A).
Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani (Lalajee) was born on Friday, the 16th
of April 1926 (Shawal 3, 1345 A.H.) at Golra Sharif, the then district
Rawalpindi (now it is in District Islamabad, Pakistan). He was named as
“Shah Abdul Haq” by His Holiness Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher Ali Shah
Lalajees got their education from Qari Ghulam Muhammad Peshawari, the
jurist and orator of “Dargah-e-Ghausia Mehria Golra Sharif”. The
venerable Lalajees completed recitation of the Holy Quran on Monday, 17th
of August 1936. Both the brothers initiated reading of Arabic books of
Dars-e-Nizami from ocean of Islamic knowledge of the time, Hazrat Maulana
Muhammad Ghazi, in the same institution. Elder Lalajee learned from him up
to the chapters “Sharah Jami” and “Hadaya” etc.
Lalajees were fortunate to see the era of their venerable grandfather
Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher Ali Shah (R.A). They used to go in the
presence of His Holiness, daily, after Asr Prayer. Ala-Hazrat used to caress their heads with great affection and
love and give his blessings. They used to remain in his company up to a
short while before the sunset, and then returned to their home. The soul
of Ala-Hazrat (R.A) departed the mortal body on Tuesday the 29th of
Safar 1356 (11th May 1937 A.D.) at the time of his demise Elder
Lalajee was of 17 years and Lalajee was of 11 years of age.
brothers took the oath of allegiance to the Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher
Ali Shah (R.A).
death of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ghazi in 1938, Hazrat Babuji selected
Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Ghotavi (Principal Jamia Abbasia,
Bahawalpur), a sincere disciple and a renowned scholar, for accomplishment
of religious knowledge of both the scions, Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin
Gilani and Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani. Accordingly both the Lalajees
were admitted in Jamia Abbasia Bahawalpur in 1938 and were educated under
supervision of the venerable Principal of the Jamia. Both the Lalajees
walked towards their educational institution by carrying heavy books on
their shoulders and never cared about weather changes. Distance between
their residence and institution was around two kilometers. After getting
education for seven years in Bahawalpur, elder Lalajee achieved supreme
educational certificate of Allama and also passed the examination of
Maulvi Fazil, whereas Lalajee got education in Sikandar Nama and from Sarf
Ghotavi to Salam-ul-Uloom, up to 1944. His education was completed by the
venerable Principal in the Holy Shrine of Golra Sharif. He says, “Hazrat
Sheikh-ul-Jamia used to put in my mind the verses of Salam-ul-Uloom in
such a manner similar to that way as the Holy Quran is learnt by heart by
the honourable learner". He also got lessons of Mathematics by the
In spite of
having all the resources, both the venerable Lalajees were obliged to
travel from Bahawalpur to Golra Sharif in 3rd class compartment
of Railway train, to make them habitual for endurance of all kinds of
sufferings of a common man.
Babuji continuously taught them through his letters (sent to the Lalajees
in Bahawalpur), with maxims and monitions, which were treasure of
knowledge and wisdom and also a source for their sanctification and
higher education and training, both the Lalajees were passed through
different stages of conciliation and both the brothers got through these
stages with success and excellence.
completion of education of his sons, Hazrat Babuji always kept them in his
company during travels as well as in residence. He took both the Lalajees
and their teacher Sheikh-ul-Jamia for Hajj pilgrimage. It was first Hajj
pilgrimage of both the Lalajees.
Babuji traveled through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Holy Hijaz from
19th August 1949 to 1st November 1949 and then once
again to Holy Hijaz, Lebanon, Syria, Jerusalem, Italy, Turkey, and Iraq
from 15th April 1964 to 21 Saturday, June 1964. During these long
journeys inter alia other loyal personalities both the Lalajees
accompanied him. Elder Lalajee kept a record of all the travels in his
diaries. Some extracts of these narrations have been published in “
Farmudaat-e-Musafir-e-Chund Roza” and “Zia-e-Meher”. They also went
to pilgrimage of Holy places in Afghanistan in 1967 and 1971. Right from
1944 to last Hajj of Hazrat Babuji in 1973, they accompanied him,
approximately every year. They also exalted from visit of Holy places in
Baghdad Sharif (Iraq), Konya Sharif (Turkey) etc. After demise of Hazrat
Babuji, both the Lalajees got honour of Hajj pilgrimage from 1975 to 1980
and of Umrah, almost every year from 1981 to 1996. During the period they
also benefited by their presence in Baghdad Sharif (Iraq) and Konya Sharif
(Turkey). The practice is still continued.
|From left to right (in front): Elder Lalajee Hazrat Pir Syed Ghulam Moinuddin (R.A) , Lalajee Hazrat Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq, along with Hazrat Madni Sahib in Makkah Mukarramah during Hajj. A rare photograph from Pir Syed Ghulam Qutb-ul-Haq Sahib's own collection.|
Babuji specially educated both the Lalajees in religious, ethics,
spiritual education, public service, hosting the guests and following
Shariah and Tareeqat, etc. Many a times in solitude as well as in the
presence of others he specially awarded them with advice and perception.
He always stressed them to keep a distance from self-conceit. He also
emphasized them to be a true subservient of Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher
Ali Shah (R.A). He also manifested them about their responsibilities
regarding virtuals distributed to the poor and priory system. After demise
of Hazrat Babuji on Saturday the 22nd June 1974 (2 Jamaadi-us-Sani 1394 A.H.), all responsibilities of Holy Shrine of Ghausia
Mehria, Golra Sharif were laid on the shoulders of both the brothers
(Lalajees). Both the Lalajees performed the matters relating to the Holy
Shrines with great sobriety, exemplary unit and affection, in a very
systematic manner and managed to prepare a comprehensive document for
modus operandi for different affairs of the Holy Shrine. This document was
registered in the office of Joint Sub-Registrar in Islamabad on 30th
May 1996. This document has been published at Ghausia Mehria, Golra Sharif
in a booklet named as “Aein-e-Dastoor”.
followed the footprints of Hazrat Babuji (R.A) and compiled with the rule
of conduct and faith of Ala-Hazrat. Facilities for boarding, lodging and
messing of pilgrims of the Holy Shrine were expanded. Magnitude of
service, look-after and livelihood was enhanced for beneficiaries,
believers and visitors, and many construction works were carried out.
Under supervision of Lalajees, education of the Holy Quran, both
reading and learning by heart, uttering of letters with reference to the
organs of speech i.e. lips tongue, teeth, throat, and that of
Dars-e-Nizami, is being imparted in Jamia Ghausia Mehria, Golra Sharif.
After getting education from Jamia Ghausia Mehria, Ulamas are playing an
important role by imparting education and preaching of the religion within
the homeland and as well as in foreign countries.
enhanced the number of books relating to all fields of arts, in the
library of Dargah Ghausia Mehria, which are proving as a great educational
asset for students as well as researchers. The process of publication of
literacy works of Ala-Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher Ali Shah (R.A), initiated by
Hazrat Babuji, was continued and arrangements were made for their
excellent printing. The letters sent by Hazrat Babuji to the Lalajees
during their studentship in Bahawalpur, were compiled by Allama G.A. Haq
Muhammad, and for the first time published by the Lalajees from the
Dargah-e-Ghausia Mehria, Golra Sharif, with some definitions under the
heading “Farmudaat-e-Musafir-e-Chund Roza”, on 1st
Jamaadi-us-Sani 1417 A.H., which are source of achieving destination by the
seekers of the right path.
the practice of Hazrat Babuji, Lalajees continued holding of congregation
daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon for recitation of religious poems
praising Allah, the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) and the pious saints of Islamic
world. Mahboob Ali Qawwal (Andleeb-e-Rome) offered mystic poetry in
composition. Such a practice is continued hitherto. It was a usual of
Hazrat Babuji to go to Chawla Garage (Mall Road, Sadder, Rawalpindi) from
Golra Sharif daily after Asr Prayers and took both the Lalajees with him.
In this evening gathering renowned scholars and their appurtenance pondered over literary and spiritual topics. After Isha Prayers
they returned to Golra Sharif. After the demise of Hazrat Babuji, they
maintained it and with the grace of God it is continued hitherto.
Hazrat Babuji had, long before his demise, allowed both the Lalajees, to accept allegiance from the believers and to advise them. During his lifetime, Babuji (R.A) had imparted complete spiritual knowledge, and training in spiritual discipline to his two sons, Elder Lalajee Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin (R.A) and Lalajee Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq. After his passing away, they assumed these duties.
Elder Lalajee Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin told Ismail Sethi that while they were once going with Babuji (R.A) in a car to Peshawar, he directed them to enroll in bai'at any person who himself wanted this, but never to think themselves to get anyone enrolled, otherwise it would have an adverse effect. Syed Ghulam Muinuddin said that he wanted to request Babuji (R.A) to take responsibility for such persons but kept quite lest Babuji (R.A) may feel that an effort was being made to copy Babuji (R.A) who had expressed similar thoughts when Hazrat Syed Meher Ali Shah (R.A) had directed him to enroll persons in Bait.
A person hailing from Gujrat once request Babuji (R.A) to direct Shah Abdul Haq to enroll him in bai'at. Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq was asked by Babuji (R.A) to do so but he expressed his regrets. Babuji (R.A) took Pir Shah Abdul Haq’s hand, placed his own hand above all. It was out of sheer reverence and extreme regard that both the sons were not willing to enroll people in bai'at. After Babuji (R.A), took the responsibility the enrollment duly took place.
After the death of Babuji (R.A), Syed Abdul Qadir Al-Gilani visited Golra Sharif and honoured Syed Ghulam Muinuddin and Shah Abdul Haq to bestowing ceremonial roles on them at the Mausoleum as an insignia of the spiritual successors of Babuji (R.A).
A great majority of
people accepted featy from them. Hazrat Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin Gilani
was a graceful man of principal. He always spoke the truth, taught about
promoting good and forbidding evil. He passed his whole life in total
dedication to Allah following the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H),
serving the suffering humanity and teaching the right path to the
disciples. He had a great inclination towards beseechment of religious
knowledge and mysticism. He was a silent preacher and a true apparent as
well as latent portrait of his ancestors. He struggled for unity of the
faithfuls. He portrayed as a guiding lighthouse for Islamic world. He
disseminated the teachings of the Saints and always opposed sectarianism.
He was honoured and respected by all walks of life. Like his forefathers,
he affectionately and lovingly nurtured the suffering humanity. He
spiritually trained his followers and adopted a simple way of life. He was
a combination of virtues and noble properties.
his life he struggled for implementation of the system endowed by the Holy
Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Even during his sickness, lying on bed
for departure to journey of eternal rest, through a letter, written to the
then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, he emphasized for implementation of
the system of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The
letter was sent with the signatures of both the Lalajees. This was the
last signature of the Elder Lalajee. Complete implementation of Statutes of
the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was his dream.
for the Holy Prophet Muhammad the Arabic (P.B.U.H) was present in every
part of his body. He often listened to Qaseeda Burdah Sharif (By Hazrat
Sharfuddin Abu Sabri). His whole life was adorned by love for Hazrat
Ghaus-us-Saqlain Muhyuddin Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A), Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Muinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (R.A), Hazrat Maulana Rome (R.A) and other
pious saints. He had a great taste for poetry. He wrote the verses in Urdu
and Persian languages. He was a swift and splendid poet. His nom-de-plume
was “Mushtaq”. His writings have dominance of ecstasy and affliction.
His poetic work titled “Israr-ul-Mushtaq” was published after his
death, by his brother Hazrat Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani (Lalajee) for
the first time on 1st of Zi'qad, 1418 A.H. This work includes
poems containing praise of Allah, His Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), virtues of
the Holy Saints and Odes.
Babuji (R.A) liked his poetry. His verses were often recited in the
congregations, which provided exhilaration to the listeners. After
protracted illness he welcomed eternal and supreme command on Wednesday,
the 12th of March 1997 i.e., 2nd Zi'qad 1417 A.H
from shapelessness and then returned the same way”.
The news of
his sad demise was released by Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television
through special bulletins at 08:00 pm. The details were given by the
Pakistan Television during “Khabar-Nama” at 09:00pm. At around
10:00am, his funereal was brought from seraglio and placed at covered
Throne in courtyard of Guest House No.1, just opposite “Ishq-Abad”
residence of Ala-Hazrat, so that general public could benefit by its
sight. After Asr Prayer, the funeral was taken in an ambulance, towards
an open ground at a distance of around one-kilometer because due to heavy
rush and affectionate gathering of people, it had become impossible to
carry it on a cot. In the “Namaz-e-Janaaza”, religious Scholars,
Saints, descendants of Saints, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Federal
Ministers, Senators, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies,
Political figures, judges of District and Superior Courts, Civil and
Military officers and people belonging to different walks of life also
participated. Believers from abroad also reached Golra Sharif for
participation in Namaz-e-Janaaza. Maulana Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Khateeb and
Mufti of Jamia Masjid, “Dargah Ghausia Mehria Golra Sharif” led the
Janaza Prayer. The funeral was brought back in the Shrine in the same
ambulance. It was a subtle sight. The atmosphere was filled with sobbing
and sighing sounds. Recitation of Kalma-e-Shahadat and benediction
continued. After Maghreb Prayers, his mortal body was laid to rest towards
south of the tombs of his grandfather Ala-Hazrat and father Hazrat Babuji.
On every marble stone fitted in the grave, complete Holy Quran was
recited. His tomb is an asylum for all.
“He, whose heart is alive with love, never dies. It’s
leaf is imprinted with our eternal life”.
The news of
his demise was printed in newspapers in headlines and the daily newspapers
and magazines published columns, articles and essays about him.
Condolences messages from President, Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Provincial Governors, Chief Ministers and other dignitaries were published
in the newspapers. Religious Scholars of every sect, Saints from every
link of chain of spiritualism, the descendents of the saints, the
dignitaries, and people from every walk of life came to his real brother
Hazrat Pir Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani for condolence.
pronouncement of Nazim Ala, Tanzeem-al-Pakistan, its all attached
religious institutions remained closed on 13th of March 1997
mourning over his sad demise. Majority of the commercial centers located
at Rawalpindi and Islamabad also remained closed on the day. Recitation
from the Holy Quran, Seminars, National, religious and literary
references, were held in mosques, National centers and other places of
importance, throughout the country to pay homage to his services for the
nation and the religion.
Thursday, up to his chehlum, after prayers for eternal peace and rest of
the departed soul, thousands of people were fed at the Shrine. His chehlum
was held on Monday the 21st April 1997, i.e., 13th
of Zilhaj, 1417 A.H. Majority of the newspapers published his biography on
the day and some of them also published special supplements. His death
anniversary is celebrated at Dargah Ghausia Mehria, Golra Sharif, on 2nd
and 3rd Zi'qad every year, whereof millions of the
affectionates reach to pay tributes.
Lalajee, Hazrat Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin Gilani was married within his
own clan. Allah bestowed him with three sons. Hazrat Babuji (R.A) named
them “Ghulam Naseeruddin”, “Ghulam Jalaluddin”, and “Ghulam Hissamuddin”.
Syed Shah Abdul Haq Gilani (Lalajee) was married in the Holy family of
descendents of Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masood Ganj Shakar (R.A) of
Pakpattan Sharif. Allah bestowed him with two sons. Hazrat Babuji
(R.A) named them “Ghulam Moin-ul-Haq” and “Ghulam Qutb-ul-Haq”.
Syed Shah Abdul Haq (Lalajee), the present lord descendent and caretaker
of the Dargah-e-Ghausia Mehria is a composition of sincerity, love,
sobriety and dignity. He is a considerate orator, has a cheerful
temperament, helps the needy and leads a simple life and talks with a
captivating smile. He is very generous. He deals the poor and destitutes
with great clemency and hospitality, listens to their representations and
consummates their necessities. Inter alia all his apparent engagements,
Allah’s intimations, meditations, adoration and divine worship are
constantly continued. As if he is acting upon the following instructions
of Hazrat Babuji (R.A):
not say that leave aside worldly goods, but live properly in the way of
Allah, wherever you abode.”
demise of Hazrat Pir Syed Ghulam Muinuddin Gilani, heavy burden of matters
and thematic engagements relating to Dargah Ghausia Mehria Golra Sharif
has been laid on his shoulders, which is very gracefully being
accomplished by him, by the grace of God.
to Harmain Sharifain every year for pilgrimage. He arranges all ceremonies
with great affection and sincerity during the whole year as usual and
takes complete care of respite and relief of all the guests. The practice
of imparting religious education initiated during the era of Ala-Hazrat
Syedna Pir Meher Ali Shah (R.A) is
still continued under his supervisions, so that maximum people could
benefit from propitiatory offerings established by his ancestors.
through an ecstatic situation during listening to Qawwali, but controls it
with great perseverance, so that the audience could not get a touch of it.
With the grace of God he is clairvoyant having ancestral grace and
perfection. He manifests all the excellence and virtues, which are
distinctive features of Mehria family.
arbitrator of sect and path of his venerated grandfather Ala-Hazrat; as
his words have a tranquilitive effect likewise his benedictions have great
May Allah with the grace of his beloved Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), keep his shelter for procrastinated periods, over the heads of all the disciples (Amen).