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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.