The life and teachings of Pir Shams Sabzwari Multani:
The province of Sindh, Pakistan has deep cultural roots and a rich history. It has the honor of being the first one to receive the light of Islam and used to be the hub of a lot of renowned Sufi saints, poets and literary figures who spread the knowledge of Islam to every nook and corner of the world. Pir Shams Sabzwari Multani was a famous Sindhi Sufi Saint who came to Multan in thirteenth century and stayed there for all his life.
Although he extended out his religious preaching and activities all over the sub-continent, he finally settled down in Multan, hence given the name of Pir Shams Sabzwari Multani. He invoked in his followers the idea of living their lives according to the sayings of Quran and convinced many non-Muslims to enter Islam.
Pir Shams Sabzwari Multani was born in Sabzwar, a place in Iran where he spent his childhood and early adolescent years. When he was in his twenties, he started working with his father, Pir Salahuddin, and in his early thirties, he took over his father’s business and was assigned the task of spreading Islamic knowledge and teachings to Badakshan and Northern India. He carried out his missionary work with great zeal and devotion and earned many followers ranging from Badakshan to Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir, Gujrat and finally decided to stay in Multan for the rest of his life.
Pir Shamz Sabzwari made tremendous contribution towards spreading the light of Islam in the entire Indian sub-continent through his poetry and writings. His religious poetry also known as ‘Ginans’ has been translated into many languages. Those who are not familiar with the history often confuse him with Hazrat Shams Tubrezi to the extent of mixing up their individual poetic ramblings and work. He has composed various short and long poems and had a strong grip on the various dialects and languages spoken during that time. Many of his writings and work are being preserved in famous museums of Iran and India and are still recited with much respect by Ismailis all over the world.
He died in 1276 and was laid to rest in Multan. Lots of miracles are being referred to his personality and tons of devotees visit his shrine in Multan every year to pay their tributes and homage to this great Muslim Saint. He was considered a legend and a scholar of immense knowledge about Islam, Quran and Hadiths.