Lal Shahbaz Qalandar life history glimpses

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar life history glimpses

Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Syed Mohammad Usman Marwandi was born in the late twelfth century in 1177 in Marwand, now Afghanistan, to Syed Ibrahim Kabir-ud-Din Mujab.

His mother was a high-ranking princess and his father was the caretaker of the Holy Shrine of Imam-e-Hussain (AS), where he is buried.

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar learned the Quran by heart by the age of seven, and when he turned 20 he was initiated into the Qalandar order. According to historians, he was initially taught by his mother later. 

Later on, he travelled to Medina (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and spent some time there for further education. From there he went on to Karbala (Iraq) where he looked after the shrine of Imam-e-Hussain. 

In many books, historians talk about Qalandar's journey to the subcontinent i.e. Hindustan due to a dream in which Imam-e-Hussain (AS) ordered him to do so. 

He went to Mashad, stayed there for a short time and then continued his journey to the subcontinent. It is said he entered Karachi through Makran. 

Then went on and stayed at the mausoleum of Syed Sadr-ud-din, Sukher (Sindh) and from there to Surkh Syed Jalal-ud-din Bukhari of Uch Sharif, Bahawalpur.

After Uch, Qalandar left for Multan where he preached Islam. His preachings impressed the ruler of Multan, who converted to Islam. 

After preaching in different cities of the subcontinent Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar arrived in Ajmer Sharif (India) and from there he went on to Kashmir, Pothohar ( Rawalpindi), Peshawar, and Dadu to finally arrive in Sehwan.