Urs of renowned Sufi saint Khawaja Ghulam Fareed begins

Urs of renowned Sufi saint Khawaja Ghulam Fareed begins

MITHAN KOT: The 116th Urs celebrations of great Sufi poet Khawaja Ghulam Farid started in Mithan Kot on Sunday which will continue for three days.

Thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad thronged the shrine to pay homage to the great poet.

In addition to Mehfil-e-Sama, the Annual National Farid Tasawaf Conference will be held during the celebrations.

Sajjada Nasheen Sundar Sharif Habib Ofani, Gaddi Nasheen Kh Moeenuddin Koreja, the Rajanpur DCO and several political figures participated in the Urs.

Khawaja Ghulam Fareed was a Seraiki poet, Chishti-Nizami mystic and Sajjada nashin (Patron saint) of the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in 1261 AH and died at Chacharan Shrif but buried at Kot Mithan.

He was a great scholar of his time and wrote several books. He knew Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sindhi, Panjabi, Braj Bhasha, and Seraiki. He also wrote some poems in Sindhi, Persian, and Braj Bhasha.

His real name was Khursheed Alam. His family chain is linked with Hazrat Omar Farooq (RA), the second caliph of Islam. He was, from his early childhood, a very intelligent and shining boy.

At age of eight he learned Quran by heart. After the death of his father, his elder brother took the responsibility of his education and look after. His brother, Khwaja Fakhar Jahan, was his teacher as well as his spiritual guide.

He is considered to be one of the greatest saints (called Pir: the spiritual guide). He taught Hadith and Quran. He was master of History, Geography and Astrology as well. He was also a great advocate of the divine love. He spent his entire life in religious and spiritual teachings.