Sufi Shrines (Dargah’s) in Kashmir-INDIA

Kashmir, in north India, has been the abode of many Muslim saints (Sufis),
and there are famous Sufi darghas.

Kashmir is surrounded by great walis from All four sides.

Locals claim that it is the Duaa of these Buzurgs
that Kashmir has been standing Tall even after 25 years of Militancy

  •  Alam – Dare- Kashmir – (Charer Shareef)
  •  Baba Payamuddin (Also known as Baba Rishi) – (Gulmarg)
  • Hazrat Mukhdoom Sahib – (Srinagar)
  •  Hazrat Ashmuqaam (Pahalgam)

Dargah in Sarbal, Near Pahalgam,


1) Hazrath Ameer-e-Kabeer
Shah-e-Hamdan (RA), Kahsmir.


Hazrat sahib of Darbar e Aaliya Gulhar Sharif
Hazrat sahib is from the Quraysh tribe – hence the title Qazi. They were origionally based in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir. Alhamdulilah they also have a dargah in Jhelum where there blessed ancestors are buried. Hazrat sahib had a large and beautiful dargah in Mirpur which flourished thanks to the faiz of Rasoolallah SWS and by the will of Allah SWT. However, the government decided to build the Mangla Dam which meant that their dargah would be flooded. Hazrat sahib decided to move to a unknown village called Kotli. The bodies of the Auliyya were dug and sent to Jhelum. Hazrat sahib arrived in Kotli with their faithfull Mureeds from Mirpur including my late grandfather may Allah grant him peace. Soon, work started on a large mosque and new Dargah origionally known as Aghar Sharif , now known as Gulhar Sharif or ‘palace of flowers’. Soon, as Aghar sharif grew in size so Kotli gre in size and prosperity. Today, Gulhar sharif is still growing and so Alhamdulilah is Kotli. Hazrat sahib have a large following of mureeds all over the world and by the grace of Allah SWT their nephews run a mosque in Luton, UK. Gulahr sharif is a well known institute and many Imams in the UK have studied there.

A miracle of Hazrat Sahib. Hazrat Sahib stick strictly to the beautiful Sunnah and to the blessed Hanafi Fiqh. Hazrat sahib wear clothes for a full week before washing them. It is a well known fact that even if a person wears clothes for one day, they smell of bad body odors. Many Mureeds confirm that even after wearing them for a full week, Hazrat sahibs clothes give off their own unique fragrance. Many great scholars and personalities such as the blessed Muffakir e Islam, Pir Abdul Qadir Jilani shah sahib, may Allah grant them more and more knowledge, have paid homage to Hazrat Sahib in Gulhar sharif. The atmosphere within the complex is unique.

There is dazzling white marble evrywhere, beautiful palm trees swaying in the wind, tall minarets testifying the Tawhid of Allah SWT against the natural landscape. Hazrat sahib has mashallah advanced a lot in age and are very frail. They can only be seen at Jummah when they are taken around Gulhar sharif in a wheelchair. May Allah SWT continue to shower his mercy on us by giving us the guidance of his chosen ones such as Hazrat sahib of Gulhar sharif, Hazrat Nazim and Hisham sahib of Cyprus, Hazrat Zinda Pir r/a and Sufi Abdullah sahib of Ghamkol sharif, Hazrat Sufi Aslam sahib r/a of Shadpur sharif, Hazrat Alaudeen Siddiqui sahib of Nerian Sharif, Hazrat Pir Irfan Shah sahib, Hazrat Muffakir e Islam, Dr Tahir ul Qadri sahib and all of the other blessed Auliyya and Shaykhs in our time and before us. Ameen


Baba Pir-e-Shah Ghazi : Located 8Km from Mirpur* is Khari Sharif. Known for housing the Shrine of the Sufi Saint known as Baba Pir-e-Shah Ghazi (Damrian Wali Sarkar). The place acts as a great seat of learning for students of Islam. Darvishs (disciples) of the Saint can be seen today wandering in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan. Also at Khari Sharif is the Shrine of the late


Mian Mohammed Baksh who wrote the famous tale Saif-ul-Muluk. This tells of a Prince who fell in love with a fairy called Badi Jamal who he saw in a dream. The story chronicals his travels in search of the fairy and the spiritual lessons he learns on the way.

*Mirpur is a city of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The name means city of Mir. Many of the people of this area are farmers. Since the 1960s, a large number of people from this district have gone abroad, especially to the United Kingdom and the Middle East, for economic reasons. As such they are today the major foreign exchange earning source for Azad Kashmir. Around 50,000 people were moved from this district in the mid-sixties to make way for the construction of the Mangla Dam. Most of these people settled in new Mirpur whilst some moved elsewhere in Pakistan or to the UK.


Sheikh Zain-ud-din : Aishmuqam Village Aishmuqam is very well known in every part of Kashmir on account of the historical shrine of Sheikh Zain-ud-din, who lived in the 15th century A.D. and was one of the principal disciples of Sheikh Nur-ud-din, the leading Reshi of Kashmir. It is commonly known in Kashmir that Sheikh Zain-ud-din, who was known by the name of Zia Singh before his conversion, was a prince and belonged to the ruling Rajas of Kishtwar. Among the local inhabitants, legend has it that Zain-ud-din meditated for a long time in the village Mandjan of Tehsil Sopore, where he attained spiritual perfection. It was at this stage that Sheikh Nur-ud-din advised him to migrate to the cave at Aishmuqam and to meditate there for the remaining period of his life.


Makhdoom Saheb : Sultan-Ul-Arifeen Hazrat Makhdoom Saheb, popularly known as Makhdoom Saheb, is a famous Dargah situated in Srinagar, capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. People from all walks of life come to this famous Dargah to pay their obeisance. Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, titled Mehboob-Ul-Alam, and Sultan-Ul-Arifeen, was born to Baba Usman, of the Chandra-Vanshi Rajput family, a hereditary landlord, a scholar, and a mystic saint of high order. Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, in this manner, inherited the mysticism.

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According to the legend, the Urs festival at Aishmuqam continues to be celebrated from pre-Islamic times and dates back to about 2,000 years. All communities respect the shrine of Zain-ud-din, and they actively participate in the celebration of the anniversary. There is no restriction to the entry into the shrine, which is open to visits by persons of either sex and of any community.

At present Waqf Board is looking after the day-to-day management and maintenance of Dargah. A huge number of locals as well as those from Pakistan, Afghanistan Jaireens, visit this shrine throughout the year. In URS days around 50 to 60,000 Jaireens visit this shrine daily to listen whole night Qawwalis sung in the praise of Allah and Holy Saint and pay their obeisance. On average, 4,000 Jaireens visit this place daily, except the months of December and January, when, due to cold weather in the valley, the number of daily Jaireens comes down to about 1,000 persons.

Makhdoom Sahib
Makhdoom Sahib inherited the mysticism, and from very childhood was inclined to the company of holy men, and to the truth. Having read the Holy Quran in the village, he went to the seminary of Sheikh Ismail Kabroi for higher studies. He studied the Jurisprudence, Tradition, Logic, Philosophy, Ethics, and Mysticism. The great sage followed the Sunni (tradition) strictly not only in prayers but also in table manners, dress, etc. He scrupulously followed the Prophet and his love for Him knew no bounds. These things helped him to reach the highest rank. Later he had to forsake His love for isolation in order to serve the people. He remarks:
“In the early days I had completely abandoned the company of the people. God granted me the gift of peace at heart and composure of mind. He ordered me to serve the people so I came and started delivering the Message.”

His greatest contribution was that he delivered it in its purest form to the people and that he instructed the people to forsake superstitions and Un-Islamic activities through his speech and actions. He was buried near Hari Parbat. Thousands of people visit the shrine to pay their respects and receive his blessings. Ladies come and cry in tears with hiccups to narrate their sorrows to –Makhdoom Saheb, which, as per belief, relieves them of their sorrows.


Dargah Hazrat Miran Bakash (Rahmatullahi Allaih) in Poonch Jammu & Kashmir


Hazrat Bal is Not a Dargah its a Masjid which has beautiful Architecture like
Masjids in Saudi Arabia…

The Hazratbal Masjid : is situated on the left bank of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The Moi-e-Muqqadas (the sacred hair) of the Prophet Mohammad is believed to be preserved here. The shirne is known by many names including Hazrathbal , Assar-e-Sharief, madinat-us-Sani, and Dargah Sharief.

Nearest Airport: Srinagar- 8 Km
Railway Station: Jammu- 305 Km from Srinagr

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