Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) was a Muslim Sufi Saint, who came from Arab & spread the light of Islam, in those areas of then Sub-continent of India, which are now included in territory of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He belongs to “SILSILA-E-QADIRIA “(a branch of Muslim Spiritual Sufism).
Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) was born in 1101 A.D (1689 B.C). in “Teenjah” a small town / port of Morocco. The name of his father was Hazrat Syed Shah Abdullah, who was from branch of Hazrat Syed Abdul Razzaq (R.A), the 4th son of “Sultan-ul-Aulia”, Ghous-e-Pak, Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (R.A) of Baghdad, (IRAQ). He was admitted in “maktab” (muslim religious school), when he was only 4years & 4 months old, the age when mostly children like to play. He always used to think about the world & creator of world i-e ALLAH. After obtaining the islamic education through books, he started to obtain inner knowledge, which is the way to reach the Almighty ALLAH. He was succeeded in his goal, but want to learn more & more & also to serve the mankind.
In very young age, he asked the father to allow him to leave the country for seeking knowledge / education & serving the human being. The loving father permitted him to leave the town / country in search of invisible facts / secrets about relations of man & ALLAH i-e ‘TASAWWAF’. He left the town as well loving parents & relatives, in search of love & blessings of Almighty ALLAH. In those days, the travelling by sea was not so comfortable, but with full blessings / prayers & loves of his parents, he started voyage towards India (the sub-continent).
“A Miracle is an unexpected event attributed to divine an intervention. Sometimes an event is also attributed (in part) to a miracle worker , Saint or a religious leader. A Miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of laws of nature. Others suggest that GOD may work with the laws of nature to perform what people perceive as Miracle”.
In Islam, the spiritual Leaders do not disclose their spiritual powers / abilities in Miracles. Hazrat Data Gunj Bakh Ali Hajveri (R.A) wrote in his famous book “KASH-UL-MAHJOOB” that in “TASAWWAF” / “ROOHANIAT” (i-e in spiritualism) KITMAN ( not to disclose inner secrets / abilities / powers ) are compulsory. However, in very rare cases, for the betterment of mankind or to give lesson to someone, Miracles are shown by Spiritual Leaders.
A number of Miracles are attached with life of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A), however, the greatest Miracle is to get success in converting thousands of people from other religions to Islam.
However, two famous miracles are quoted as under;
During stay in Bhoora Sharif (Hazara), Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A), was not only busy in worship of Almighty ALLAH in the cave for 12 years, but also served the mankind secretly. In midnight , he came out from cave & take water to mosques of surrounding areas & fill water for those who will come for prayer in Fajar (morning). All people were wondered.
A woman from “Paracha” family did not have children due sterility, in spite of a long married life. She also heard about this service & assumed that this man is selected by ALLAH (i-e WALIULLAH). She went near to the mosque in late night & stayed there in secret place. In midnight, she saw a man having attractive bright face, having water for the mosque. She felt on his feet & prayed that you are near to the Almighty ALLAH, kindly pray for me that I may become mother of children. Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool prayed to the Almighty ALLAH & asked her to go back to her home. After few days, she became pregnant & within stipulated period, became mother of a beautiful child.
All family members were very pleased & became disciples of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A). Now, the children of this family are still have love, respect for the family (successors) of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A).
This Miracle was shown to give lesson to people that they should treat all people equally & do not prefer rich on poors.
When Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) came to Peshawar & stayed in “Dabgran” surrounding to this small town, he was in need of some fire. He send disciples to bring from nearby areas. A marriage party was arranged in nearby area. For serving the guests, rice were cooking in a “DEG” ( a big pot ). The disciples requested the host to give some fire, but no one accepted their request & instead revile them from gathering / function..
When they came without fire & told whole story to Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A). After listening, he asked “what was cooking in big pots”. Disciples told “Rice”. Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) said ” No. These are insects , insects”.
In marriage ceremony, when top of the big pot was opened to serve food to guests, host became confused / disturbed to see insects instead of rice in that pot. Someone clever among them told that you people have returned beggars (poor disciples) without fire, this seems to be punishment from ALLAH. They came to Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) & with tears in eyes requested him to forgive them. They promised to be more careful in future to compare rich & poor.
Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) accepted their apology & prayed to Almighty ALLAH. When those people came back to marriage ceremony, the big pot were full of tasty rice. They all became disciples & till date their children are also have love & respects for the family (successors) of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A).
This was 1147 A.D (1734 B.C), when Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) arrived in Peshawar, then a small town. His stick (given by spiritual leader Hazrat Shah Inayat) stopped in a place in surrounding of Peshawar, named as “Dabgaran” (Now Dabgari ).
Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) stayed in Peshawar & started preaching of Islamic ideology. With day & night efforts a number of citizens of Peshawar converted from Hindu, Sikh & other religions to Islam. The Muslims of Peshawar accepted good manners / behaviors/ (AKHLAQ-E-HASNA) & left evils / bad habits. This was a great success of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) in Peshawar.
In spite of preaching of Islam in Peshawar & surroundings, he also sent his “KHALEEFA”, (Deputies / Spiritual Successors) towards Tribal Areas as well as in Afghanistan, for spreading the real teaching of Islam.
After 34 years day & night efforts of Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A), Peshawar became a well known civilized city, having people with love for Islam. Due to route of Afghanistan & India, this city bacame a big city for traders, who travel from west to east. Travelers stay in Peshawar with their luggages, horses, camels etc. in famous Inns near Bijori Gate, nearby to Dabgran. The travelers also came for obtaining blessings of Almighty ALLAH, the creator of Universe).
This was 1181 A.D (1768 B.C), when Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) left this temporary world for a permanent life the next world, because, the soul came in this world has to return back to his creator. Those are lucky, who are blessed by the ALLAH, due to their good habits & efforts for spreading the teachings of the religion, liked by ALLAH, (i-e ISLAM).
Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) was buried nearby toHAWELI (Residence). A number of people came to MAZAR(Shrine) from various parts of Pakistan as well as Kashmir etc., for paying homage to this great Spiritual Leader & obtain blessings.
In each year, annual anniversary is celebrated in those days when Hazrat Syed Shah Qabool (R.A) arrived in Peshawar as “JASHAN-E-WAROOD-E-MASAUD”. This is celebrated for three days in last Thursday, Friday & Saturday in each calendar month of May.