Hazrat Daud Bandagi was the 28th descendant of Musa Al-Mubarqa the son of Imam Muhammad al-Taqi ibne Imam Ali al-Rida.
After receiving formal religious instruction in Dipalpur and Lahore at the hands of eminent scholars of the time, Shaikh Daud decided to get all worldly and material pursuits.
Shaikh Daud, in the quest of spiritual enlightenment, spent a lot of time in great worship. Shaikh Daud belonged to Awaisi tariqat, that is, without any direct teacher or murshid, he later joined the Qadiri silsila at the hands of Shaikh Hamid Gillani at Satghara.
Village of Shergarh
After formally becoming a member of the influential Qadiri Silsilah, Daud Bandagi Kirmani established his khankah in the remote village of Shergarh (District Okara, Pakistan), present between Lahore and Multan. Shergarh at that time was part of the Chunian, subsequently Shergarh became the center of the Qadiri Silsila and the saints Khankah began to attract thousands of people from all walks of life.
Muslim historian ‘Abd al-Qadir Bada’uni
The famous 16th century Muslim historian ‘Abd al-Qadir Bada’uni went to Shergarh in AD 1572. He lived there for four days. The detailed account of his visit along with a biography of the saint is preserved in Volume II and III of his famous work, Muntakhab-ut-Tawarikh.
Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar
According to Badaoni, the Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar when visited Pakpattan passed through Shergarh and after hearing about the sanctity and influence of the saint was desirous of meeting him. Akbar sent General Shahbaz Khan Kamboh, an important nobleman of the court, to the khankah in order to obtain permission from the saint. Shaikh Daud, who never associated with those who possessed worldly power or wealth, sent Shahbaz Khan back with the message that he (Shaikh Daud) always remembered the Emperor in his prayers and thus there was no need for him (the Emperor) to come physically in his presence for the purpose of prayer and benediction. It is the great spiritual power of Hazrat Daud Bandagi, who converted a large number of Hindu Jat and Rajput tribes of the Punjab to Islam. Some of the tribes converted either fully or partially by the saint are, Chatta’s, Cheema’s, Virks, Hanjra, Dehotar, Warraich, Gurhai, Maan and Sansi in District Gujaranwala. In District Sialkot, Bajwa’s, Basra’s, Cheema’s, Ghumman’s, Kahlon’s, Gurhai, Sahi and Sindhu. In district Sahiwal, Ihrar’s, Haan’s, Hutiana’s, Majhiana’s and Murdanay Baluch.