SHAH KHAIRUDDIN JILANI: THE SPIRITUAL SUFI SAINT OF SINDH

The appealing green dome in the Old Sukkur marks the mausoleum of Shah Khairuddin Jilani, alias Syed Ahmed Shah, who was a 5th – generation descendant of Pir Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jillani of the family of Piran. He was also known as Jiay Shah. He was born in the year of 1492 and spent his time period of youth studying religion in the city of Baghdad. He lived for some time in Bulri in Lower Sindh province, but ultimately settled in the city of Sukkur where he remained until his death in the year of 1617. He became the founder of a spiritual dynasty; one of his successors, Mian Ghulam Mohammad, constructed this mausoleum in the year of 1670. Houses of his descendants, or pirzadas, surround the tomb.

The eastern face of the shrine is glazed in the color of green, yellow, brown, and blue tiles. Silver doors encircled by colored stones lead into a burial chamber. Shah Khairuddin Jilani is famous with women suffering from “incurable women’s issues”.

 

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