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Bibi Pak Daman in 2011

Bibi Pak Daman in 2011

The shrine/sepulcher of Ruqayyah binte Ali is acknowledged as Bibi Pak Daman. Fables tell us that the mausoleum holds the crypts of six females from Muhammad’s PBUH ménage. These ladies include Ruqayyah binte Ali, who was the female spawn of Prophet Muhammad’s PBUH son-in-law and cousin Ali ibn Talib with his consort Umm-ul-Bannin binte Huzaam.

Bibi Pak Daman, meaning “females of purity” is the combined name of the six women buried there, although it is also widely attributed to the public figure of Ruqayyah binte Ali. All of these women were amongst the ladies who introduced South Asia to Islam. It is believed that Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh; who is deliberated a prodigious Sufi saint was a aficionado of Bibi Pak Daman sanctuary himself. It holds a great deal of blessings and has been a constant source of benedictions for generations. People from all corners ofPakistan come to visit this shrine and get their wishes fulfilled.

The shrine is located in the cultural capital of Pakistan, Lahore. This city is known for all the forts and grand mosques it houses along with all the prominent Sufi Saints. Although Bibi Pak Daman receives a lot of visitors, not very religious people also tend to visit this magnificently intriguing tomb. We rarely get to see a lot of people together from the family of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.). In short this shrine houses the remains of six women from the household of our Prophet. Legends have it that there came a time when a ruler ordered their arrest, because they were getting a lot of religious followers and the ruler of that time didn’t want that. When the soldiers came to arrest the noble ladies Bibi Ruqayyah binte Ali prayed to Allah and asked him to let the ground swallow them up, and it happened just before the soldiers entered their residence that the ladies vanished into the ground only a tiny portion of Bibi Ruqayyah’s scarf remained on the ground and when the soldiers tried to touch it also went into the ground, thus the name Bibi Pak Daman. The shrine is located at the end to a very busy and interesting street filled with shops selling devout literature, hypermedia and tasbeehs (prayer beads) among other things.

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