SHER SHAH WALI DARGAH, FEROZEPUR

Dargah of Hazrat Sher Shah Wali at Ferozepor stands forth as the Place where devotion of the masses has swept over the “pseudo” identities and the seer pours forth his message even when not physically alive, that all human beings are the same.

Hazrat Sher Shah Wali was a Sufi saint, in which century, even the locals do not know. All the old timers recollect that the Dargah was in existence before partition. Surprisingly, it was not so famous at that time amongst the Muslim population of the area. The Chisti saint is said to have passed away here and though the body was taken to his native village in Patti, Amritsar and buried there, his followers built a small edifice in his memory at Ferozepor. Thereafter, the popularity of the saint has been spreading like the fragrance of incense everywhere. Every Thursday miles long queues cover the road leading to the dargah as the traffic does a detour. Qawalis, langar and a fair is organised where hundreds converge from places far and near even abroad to pay obeisance to the saint. However, the devotees are not only Muslims but the majority are Sikhs, Hindus, in fact the whole of the suffering humanity who come with faith that their woes might be eased with the blessings of the baba.

The Dargah is run by a trust which has eight members, the chairman being the local S.S.P and the rest the locals, with only one lady Muslim member and the rest belonging to the other communities. “We have never thought Baba as a Muslim saint”, says Ashok, the manager, “he is our baba, the one who heals whosoever comes to him with prayer in his heart.




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