Hazrat Syed Abdul Latif Kazmi Almaroof Imam Bari Sarkar Rehmatullah alaih.


Syed Abdul Latif Kazmi , often referred to as Barī Imām or Barī Sarkār (1617 – 1705), was a 17th-century Sufi ascetic from Punjab who was one of the most prominent Sufi of the shia order. He is venerated as the patron saint of Islamabad, Pakistan. Born in Karsal, Chakwal District to a sayyid family. He is revered by all those Shia Muslims, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, who are greatly attached to the Sufi traditions. The life of Bari Imam is known “essentially through oral tradition and hagiographical booklets and celebrated in Qawali songs of Indian and Pakistani Sufism. In the present day, Bari Imam is one of the most popular and widely venerated saints of Punjab.

Bari Imam was eight years old when his family migrated from Karsal in Chakwal District to what is now Aabpara, Islamabad in Pakistan. His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, was a farmer. So he helped his father with farming and with his herd of animals until he was 12 years old. Then Bari Imam was sent to Ghorghushti in Campbellpur (now known as Attock, Punjab, Pakistan) where he stayed for two years to learn fiqh, hadith, logic, and other disciplines related to Islam, because at that time Ghorghushti was a great seat of Islamic learning. According to some sources, he later married and had one daughter, though both his wife and daughter are said to have died prematurely. After their passing, Bari Imam began wandering the forests of the Hazara district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he spent twenty-four years as an ascetic.

Shah Abdul Latif also went to Central Asian states of that period and to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Madinah to learn about Islam and perform hajj.

960px-Landscape6 The forests where Bari Imam roamed

‘Chorepur’ becomes ‘Noorpur Shahan’ 
After his return to old India, he then decided to settle in the Nur Pur Shahan area (now known as Noorpur Shahan, Islamabad, Pakistan). At that time, this area was known to be a dangerous place (locally known as ‘Chorepur’) due to its reputation as full of bandits and killers who used to attack and rob trade caravans passing through this area headed towards Central Asian states. Over time, he succeeded in teaching these people about love, peace and harmony. Later Shah Abdul Latif came to be known as “Bari Imam”.

Because Bari Imam Sarkar did not transmit any of his doctrines to writing; as such, it may be rightly presumed that he bequeathed all of his teachings orally.

Bari Imam was renowned in his own life for being an ascetic who subjected himself to great self-humiliation in the public sphere, “living among the pariahs and consciously exposing himself to the disdain of the people.”

A celebrated miracle worker, Bari Imam is also described in regional lore as one through whom God performed many marvels to convince the local people of the truth of Islam; thus, some of the most popular miracles ascribed to him are his having caused water to gush forth from rocks and his having brought back to life the dead water buffaloes of a peasant who had earlier provided the saint with milk during his ten years of spiritual seclusion.



The shrine of Bari Imam in Islamabad
A silver-mirrored shrine of Bari Imam is located in Noorpur Shahan, Islamabad. It was originally built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who revered Bari Sarkar, in the 17th century.


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