Shah Shams Tabrez

(H/DR Adeeb Ahmed, Karachi)

The mazar of Shams-ud-Din, commonly known as Shah Shams Tabrez is located about half a mile to the east of the Fort Site, on the high bank of the old bed of the river Ravi. He passed away in 1276 AD and the shrine was built by his grandson in 1 330 AD It was rebuilt by one of his followers in 171 8 AD The Tomb is square, 30 feet in height surmounted by a hemispherical dome. It is decorated with ornamental glazed tiles.

It is generally believed that Shah Shams Tabrez performed many miracles. So much so that he once begged the sun to come down and the luminary moved so much near that the fish held in the hand of Shah Shams was roasted. The local population to this day attribute the heat of Multan, which is somehow proverbial, to this incident. In addition to the above mentioned mausoleum there are many others located all around multan within a radius of 30 to 40 miles. There was a time when scores of legends were spun around the life of the saints buried in all these tombs but with the passage of time the number of legends have also decreased though there are people who have lot of respect for most of these mausoleums and the saints.

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There r confusions in history as to whether Shah Shams buried in Multan is the one who guided Maulana Rum spiritually or not. Its after thorough research that there was only one Shamsuddin. He was born in Sabzwar [Iran ] and is descendent from the clan of Ahlul Bayet. He is from Hazrat Imam Jaffer Sadiq bin Imam Mohammad Baqar bin Ali Zainalabedeen bin Hussain Syedushohada bin Ali bin AbuTalib A.S. He is from teh eldest son of Imam Sadiq, Hazrat Ismail. He is still considered as the spiritual and religious guide of Ismaili Shias who are shah-Imami [believers in 6 Imams]. Anyhow the books referred as writings of Shah Shams clearly indicate his belief was Asna Ashri Shia [ Believer in 12 Imams.] His father, Nooruddin was a religious preacher in northern areas of Subcontinent where his followers are known as NOOR BAKHSHI. Their present belief is literally diversified from the original teachings as these look to be very close to Asna Ashri Shias. Shamsuddin [Shah Shams] accompanied his father to that areas and after the death of his father came down to Multan which was then the center of civilization where he preached Islam and like all other Auolia Allah was not granted privilege by the non Muslim ruler . He showed karamat {miracle} and was then accepted by all. The SHAMSI clan is his descendants. The Changar clan and the Sheikh Goldsmiths and Sheikh families of Narowal accept him as their spiritual Guide and still have faithful religious attachments with the Shamsi sadaat who are off-springs of Hazrat Shah Shams. Its simple that things are better known to the family than the outsiders so i suggest that before giving any comments one must look thoroughly into the history and better inquire from the family member of Shah Shams
By: Razi ul Abbas Shamsi, Lahore on May, 18 2014
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Mr. Adeeb Ahmed, What do you mean by performing a Karamat? Do you know what our beloved prophet said about making shrine?
By: Baber Tanweer, Karachi on Apr, 24 2014
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Correct, Not sure why people call him Shah Shams Tabrez, he should always be refered as Hazrat Pir Shamsuddin Sabzwari Multani as Shams-i-Tabrīzī or Shams al-Din Mohammad (died ca.1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi
By: Abid, Istanbul on Apr, 23 2014
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please make correction,
shams Tabriz never comes to Subcontinent however that was shams sabswari
By: Atique Anwar, Lahore on Sep, 26 2013
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false concept
By: konan, islamabad on Jul, 30 2013
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مزہبی کالم نگاری میں لکھنے اور تبصرہ کرنے والے احباب سے گزارش ہے کہ دوسرے مسالک کا احترام کرتے ہوئے تنقیدی الفاظ اور تبصروں سے گریز فرمائیں - شکریہ