Hazrat Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.)

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History of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.)

There have been several saints who have traveled from far and wide to India, spreading the word of Islam like Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz (R.A.) and many other saints who migrated to India from the Arab countries and Persia. They came as and when informed by their own intuition or will or as per the instructions of Prophet Mohamed (S.A.W.S. – Peace Be Upon Him) as envisioned in their dreams or by Ilm (Wisdom of Faith) i.e. as pointed out by spiritual power given to them by Allah (S.W.T).

The spread of Islam as a whole in India is a story of the gradual growth of the Islamic religion essentially through various itinerant Sufi Saints and traders who settled amongst the local indigenous population. 

A magnificent example of such spread of Islam by an Iranian Saint is that of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.). It is a belief of the Muslims that the holy saints who sacrifice and devote their lives in the way of Allah (S.W.T) are immortal. Their stature is equivalent to that of the Martyrs (Shaheed) as they have renounced their worldly lives for Allah (S.W.T.) and are called Shahadat-e-Huqmi.

There are many miracles that have happened during the life of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and after his death. Whatever is known about Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R. A.) is learnt from the caretakers and trustees from generation to generation as the Saint never married and has no descendents. Some people tried to portray themselves as his descendants or heirs and have destroyed the exact history of the Saint, his Tomb and the Dargah.

It is learnt from “Rivayat” (Legends) that Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) was sitting at some lonely place in his hometown and was busy in his prayers when a lady passed-by from there crying and screaming. When the Saint enquired about her crying, she pointed to an empty vessel in her hand and said that she had dropped some oil. And if she goes home without the oil her husband would beat her. She was crying in need of help. The Saint asked her to be calm and went with her to the place where the oil had been dropped. He then took the vessel from the wailing lady and pushed the earth with his thumb. The oil came out like a fountain and the vessel was full. The Saint gave her the vessel with oil and she went away happily.

However, after that, the Saint was troubled by dreams of having wounded the earth by striking it in this manner. Full of remorse and grief from that day he became very serious and was not keeping well. Then with the permission of his mother he traveled to India with his brother and finally reached the shores of Mumbai – near Worli or at some place opposite the present tomb. His brother went back to their native place. Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) sent a letter with him to their mother informing her that he was keeping good health and that he had decided to reside at that place permanently for the spread of Islam and that she should forgive him.

Till his death he was praying and giving knowledge about Islam to the people and devotees regularly visiting him. Before his death he has advised his followers that they should not bury Him at any proper place or graveyard and should drop his shroud (‘kafan’) in the ocean such that it should be buried by the people where it is found.

His wish was obeyed by his followers. That is why the Dargah Sharief is built at the very site where his shroud came to rest in the middle of the sea where it was perched on a small mound of rocks rising above the sea. The Tomb and Dargah Sharief were built in the years to come.

Miracles of the Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R. A.)
There are many miracles that have happened during the life of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and after his death. It is learnt from reliable sources that Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) was Qutub-E-Zamaan (Highest Saint of his times). Whatever is known about miracles is learnt from the caretakers and trustees from generation to generation as the Saint never married and has no descendents.

It is learnt from rivayat (Legends) that Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) was sitting at some lone place and was busy in his prayers when one lady passed from there crying and screaming.

When Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) enquired about her crying she informed the him by pointing to an empty vessel and said that she had dropped some oil from the vessel and that if she goes home without the oil her cruel husband would treat her badly and that’s why she was crying in need of help. Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) asked her to be calm and went with her to the place where the oil had been dropped and then he took the vessel from her and pushed the earth with his thumb and the oil came out like a fountain and the vessel was full. The Saint gave her the vessel with oil and she went away happily.


Monsoon Mania

Pothole story

During the monsoon season almost all the roads of Mumbai become rough and have potholes. The shore line along the Hornby Vellard (Lala Lajpat Rai Marg) has been damaged numerous times due to the fury of the seas but up till today the pathway of the Dargah has never been damaged or become unsafe for the people to reach the Dargah Sharief even though it is situated in the middle of the Sea. The pathway has been spared by the fury of the sea and the monsoons. This is one of the biggest miracles of the saint, hundreds of years after his death.

Storm of 1949

In 1949 there was a big storm in Mumbai, which had not spared a single building without damage, but there was no damage to the Dargah, Sanatorium or the Pathway. There were waves of the size of mountains (like Tsunami) and most of the people who were inside the Dargah Complex were scared that they would drown. The waves then bowed down at the wall of the Dargah as if in submission to the Saint and faded back into the ocean. At the time, Earthen Lamps (Chiraags) were seen floating on the crest of the waves which was witnessed by hundreds of people. The people then returned home safely, unhurt & unharmed and without any damage to their property.

26th July 2005

During the heavy rains on 26th July 2005 there was a huge destruction over most of the parts of Mumbai but the Haji Ali Dargah was not affected  by this incident.

Unshaken Faith of the Followers

It is learnt from the thousands of visitors and devotees who have visited the tomb of the Saint with profound faith and belief they have realized whatever gains they had sought from the Saints blessings.


Alqaab :
Qutb-e-Zamaan, Shaah-e-samundar.

Ek martaba Aap ne ek aurat ko rote hue dekha. Aap ne rone ki wajah puchhi to us ne bataaya ki ‘Main is bartan me tail lekar jaa rahi thi. Achaanak thokar lagne se gir gai aur ab agar bagair tail ke ghar jaaungi to mera shohar naraaz hoga.’
Aap ko ghareeb pareshaan aurat par raham aa gaya aur aap ne use us jagah bataane ko kaha jaha par tail gir gaya tha. Us jagah par pahunchkar Aap ne zameen par apni zor se apni ungli rakhi to tail baahar nikal aaya aur us aurat ne apne bartan me tail bhar liya aur khush hokar apne ghar chali gai.

Is ke baad Aap ne khwaab me dekha ki zameen keh rahi hai ki tum ne is tarah dabaakar mujhe takleef di hai.
Ye khwaab baar baar dekhkar Aap be-chain aur ranjeeda rehne lage.

Phir Aap apni waalida ki ijaazat lekar apne bhai ke saath Bukhara chhodkar nikal gaye. Safar karte hue jab Aap Hindustan me Mumbai pahunche to aap ne yahi sukoonat ikhtiyaar karne ka faisla kiya aur apne bhai ko waapas bhej diya aur us ke saath apni waalida ko khat likhkar apna faisla bataaya aur un ki maafi maangi.

Phir Aap kai saal tak wahi par rehkar ibaadat e ilāhi aur isha’at e Islaam karte rahe aur logo ko ta’aleem dete rahe.

Aqwaal :
(1) ALLĀH ta’ala se darte raho phir tumhe kisi cheez ka khuf nahi rahega.
(2) Zindagi ke din baadalo ki tarah guzar jaate hain. Lihaaza jab tak zindagi hai neki karte raho.

Makka ki jaanib safar ke dauraan Aap ka wisaal hua.
Wisaal se pehle Aap ne apne saathiyo ko wasiyat ki thi ke ‘Mujhe kafan pehnakar mere jism ko ek sandooq me rakhkar samundar me baha dena. Jaha par meri mayyat pahunchegi waha ke log mujhe dafn karenge.’
Is tarah Aap Hindustan ke samundar kinaare pahunche aur Aap ko wahi par samundar ke bich me pahaadi par dafn kiya gaya.

Aap ka mazaar Mumbai ke Worli ilaaqe me samundar ke bich me hai.

834 Hijri (1431 A.D.) me Haji Uṡmaan Rangikar ne Aap ki Dargaah aur Masjid ki taameer ki.

Aap ka Urs 16 Rabi uṡ ṡaani ko manaaya jaata hai.

ALLĀH ta’ala us ke Habeeb sallallāhu alaihi wa sallam ke sadqe me
Aur Hazrat Haaji Ali Shaah Bukhari rahmatullāhi alaihi aur Tamaam Aulia Allāh ke waseele se
Sab ko mukammal ishq e Rasool ata farmae aur Sab ke Eimaan ki hifaazat farmae aur Sab ko nek amal karne ki taufiq ata farmae.
Aur Sab ko dunya wa aakhirat me kaamyaabi ata farmae aur Sab ki nek jaa’iz muraado ko puri farmae.

हाजी अली उज्बेकिस्तान के बुखारा शहर के रहने वाले थे I आप बहोत पैसे वाले व्यापारी थे, आपने पूरी दुनिया का भ्रमण किया है आज से तक़रीबन 550 वर्ष पूर्व आप अपने भाई के साथ पहली बार भारत देश में भी पहुचे उस वक्त भी मुंबई प्रमुख व्यापारिक स्थल हुवा करता था I मुंबई के वरली इलाके में आकर आप रुके और फिर वे इसी जगह पर रहने लगे I भारत में रहकर आपने बहोत से बुज़ुर्ग, कामिल वलिअल्लाहो को देखा, उनके बारे में सुना और आपने महसूस की इन बुजुर्गो ने जिनमे हज़रत ख्वाजा मोईनुद्दीन चिश्ती र.अ., कुतबुद्दीन चिश्ती र.अ., बाबा फरीद र.अ., निजामुद्दीन चिश्ती र.अ.,जैसे अनेक सूफी संत है जिन्होंने खल्क की खिदमत की और उनके प्रभाव से इस मुल्क में इस्लाम तेज़ी से फल फूल रहा था I ज़रूरत थी इन बुजुर्गो के लगाये पौधों को सीचने की, आपको महसूस हुवा की अल्लाह ने उन्हें भी इसी वजह से मुल्के हिंदुस्तान मुबंई में भेजा है लिहाज़ा आपने भी यहाँ आने के बाद इंसानियत और इस्लाम की खिदमत को अपना मकसद बनाया I आप बुखारा शरीफ के थे आपके अन्दर अल्लाह ने तमाम रूहानी वो बातिनी इल्म पहले से दिए हुवे थे लिहाज़ा आपने व्यापार को छोड़कर खिदमते खल्क का रास्ता चुना I आपकी बाते सुनकर सभी मज़हब के लोग तेज़ी से आपके करीब आने लगे I आप इंसानो के दुःख दर्द को अच्छी तरह से समझते थे आपने हर तरह से सभी की मदद की सभी को सही रास्ता दिखलाया I इधर हिन्दुस्तान में रहते हुवे जब काफी दिन हो गए तो आपकी वाल्दा ने आप के पास खबर भिजवाई आपने जवाब दिया अल्लाह चाहता है की मै हिन्दुस्तान में ही रहकर खल्क की खिदमत करू लिहाज़ा ए अम्मीजान आप मेरी फ़िक्र मत कीजे और मेरे लिए अल्लाह से दुवा करे की अल्लाह मुझे इस अज़ीम मकसद में कामयाबी दे I और इस तरह आप हमेशा हमेशा के लिए हिंदुस्तान में ही रहने लगे I

आपने कई बार हज का सफ़र किया था I लोग आपको हाजी अली कहा करते I ऐसा कहा जाता है की हज के दौरान ही आप की रूह ने आपके जिस्म का साथ छोड़ दिया, और आपकी नसीहत के मुताबिक आपके जिस्म मुबारक को एक ताबूत में बंद कर समुद्र में छोड़ दिया गया आपका जिस्म मुबारक अरब सागर में हजारो मील का सफ़र तय करता हुवा मुंबई के वरली स्थित बंदरगाह जहाँ आज भी आपकी मजार है वहां पर ही आकर रुक गया I और आपकी वसीयत के मुताबिक ये वही जगह थी जहाँ आपने कहा था इसी वजह से इस जगह पर सन 1431 में आपकी मजार बनायीं गई I तो कुछ का मानना कुछ और है मगर ये बात तो हकीकत है की आक्पकी वसीयत के मुताबिक ही आपकी दरगाह समुद्र के बीच इस जगह पर मौजूद है
मजार के पास एक मस्जिद भी है।

* हाजी अली की दरगाह वरली मुंबई में अरब सागर समुद्र के किनारे से तक़रीबन 500 गज की दूरी पर आज भी वैसी ही मौजूद है जैसा की कल थी I आज भी अरब सागर की लहरे उनकी मज़ार की दीवारों तक पहुचती तो ज़रूर है मगर उसकी इतना मजाल नहीं की वो उस दरगाह तक पहुच सके I कोई नुकसान पहुचाना तो दूर की बात है लहरे आज तक इसे कभी छू भी नहीं सकी है लगता है जैसे पानी खुद इस मुक़द्दस दर का तवाफ़ करने आता तो बहोत तेज़ी से है मगर उतनी ही तेज़ी से थम भी जाता है और फिर खुश होकर वापस चला जाता है I हालाकि दरगाह के नीचे हजारो फिट पानी होगा मगर ये दरगाह अपनी जगह पर किस तरह कायम है ये हैरानी की बात है I पहले इस दरगाह के अन्दर औरतो का जाना मना था मगर कोर्ट के फैसले के बाद से आज वहां पर औरते भी अन्दर आ जा रही है I इस जगह पर बहुत से लोग शेर और तफरीह के लिए भी आते है और आज ये जगह एक प्रमुख स्थल है I हाजी अली के बारे में एक और बात पता चली है की आपने अपनी बहन को भी ख्वाब में बशारत दी और अपने इस जगह पर मौजूद होने के बारे में बतलाया I आपकी बहन इस जगह पर आई और उन्होंने भी अपने भाई के इस अधूरे मिशन को पूरा करने का बीड़ा उठाया और वो भी ताउम्र मुंबई में ही रही आपकी भी दरगाह कुछ फासले में मौजूद है I

ये अल्लाह वालो की शान है , जहाँ उनका दिल चाहे, या फिर हुक्म ए इलाही हो वे वही रहते है I और कल भी ये खल्क की खिदमत कर रहे थे और आज भी ये खल्क की खिदमत कर रहे है क्योकि ये अल्लाह के वली(दोस्त)है जो बेशक जिंदा है