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The tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Ismail Bukhari is among the top tourist attractions in Chiniot that manages to lure hundreds and thousands of his disciples, travelers and backpackers annually. The vault is a unique yet fascinating blend of modern and archaic style of architecture.
Sheikh Ismail was a famous saint of Chiniot. He was born in 762 Hijri. Belonged to the kin of Syed Sher Shah Jalal Surkh Bukhari, Hazrat Sheikh Ismail came to Jhang on the command of his religious teacher, Hazrat Chirag Dehlvi. They devoted their lives for the propagation of Islam.
Hazrat Sher Shah Jalal visited Jhang just two times in his whole life. Later on, his lad Ahmad Kabeer visited Jhang, who then followed by Jahan Gasht and his children. Jahan Gasht and his brood permanently settled in Chiniot. Hazrat Sheikh Ismail was a famous saint of this lineage.
Sheikh Ismail was the grand-son of the Syed Ahmad Kabeer. He reached Chiniot while passing through Delhi, Deska, Kernaal, Petyaala and Icherwaal. His impressive way of teaching provoked many non-Muslims to convert to Islam and he has millions of disciples till now. His children are called as “Sheikh Salmanay”.
Details of Tomb:
The vault of Hazrat Sheikh Ismail is almost 75 feet high and it stretches over the area of fifteen canals. The foundation of tomb was laid before partition and construction work accomplished after partition.
The grave of Sheikh Ismail is surrounded by many small graves which are believed to be of his descendants.
The walls of the tomb are made of white cement and they look as if they’re of marble. The tiles affixed in the walls are not much long-standing but were last used in 1980. All four walls of the tomb have ventilators. Sura-Yaseen is engraved on each wall. The vault features two moons with one big star in the middle of both.
The tomb also features four large windows and a main door that’s called “Bab-ul-Faiz”.
Surroundings of Tomb:
The front and back of the burial chamber is surrounded by stumpy cemeteries. This two story tomb features 8 small and 4 large towers and one big doom. Adjacent to the tomb is a mosque with a pray “Nad-e-Ali, “Surah-Fateh” and “Pakistan Zindabad are engraved on all of its four walls. There’s a “Bara Dari” too which was built on the command of Ameer Hussain Shah. Mr. Syed Zafar Abbas is the care-taker of the sepulcher nowadays.
The shrine of famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Burhan-ud-Din is one of the most frequently visited spiritual places in Chiniot city. A simple but awe-inspiring building of the shrine is constructed on vernacular style which reflects Mogul Architecture.
Shah Burhan was born as Sadaat Bukhari in Lahore in 981 Hijri. He passed his childhood and teenage life in Lahore. After completing the formal education in his city of birth, he traveled across the Punjab in pursue of spirituality.
Spending a few years in the mentorship of well-known saints, Shah Burhan came to Chiniot at the age of Twenty five and eternally settled in the city. He was belonged to “Sohervardia” series. God had given him some implausible miraculous powers through which he inspired hundreds and thousands of souls to be his disciples.
Shah Burhan was died on 12th Ramadan, 1061 Hijri in Chiniot. His Urs is celebrated on the same date every year and his followers from all parts of the country remunerate esteem to their spiritual guide in different styles.
The construction of Shah Burhan’s vault was started in 1061 Hijri and it took almost three years to complete. The stone-based vault is spread over 12 Marlas. The height of the building is approximately 62 feet and its walls are designed and painted proficiently.
The entry door of the vault is made up of wood and iron while the inner door is only wooden. The windows of the building are made up of stone and bricks and skillfully designed. The back side door of the tomb glows with the heart touching pray of Nade-e-Ali.
Beside the tomb, there are two houses, from which one is allocated for the pilgrims while the second is used as dwelling for the caretaker.
The present caretaker of the tomb is Manzoor Hussain Sethi Burhani.