Pakistan is a place where Islam and peace spread by the help of holy saints. One of those saint was Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya.
Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya, whose full name was Sheikh Kabir Sheikh ul salam Baha ud Din Zakaria Al-Asadi Al Hashmi, was born at Kot Kehror, a village of Layyah District near Multan, Punjab, Pakistan, around 1170 Hijri. After his father’s death, he went to Khorasan the place known for learners to be learned and there he engaged in obtaining the outward information and in attaining the inward graces for a time span of seven years. He then went to Bukhara, a center point of Islamic learning at that time to complete his learning. There he was nicknamed “Bahauddin Firishta” (angel) for his pleasant nature and obedience.
His Shrine is situated in Multan on an area of 15.77 square meters. The mausoleum was constructed in 1268 after the death of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya. Although, the area outside the primary shrine locality is expanded to hundreds of meters. The shrine is a square formed mausoleum with an octagon overhead the square. The octagon covers half the area of square. Overhead the octagon is the religious hemisphere of Muslims. People from all around the world visit this shrine every year and it became essential for many to visit the shrine on their tour to Pakistan. During the British rule in the 18th century in sub-continent, the shrine of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya was distorted to stifle Muslims of the town of Sufi Saints. However, it made counter effects not only on Muslims but Sikh, Buddhist and Christian community additionally, since they too are the powerful believers of this shrine’s treasures. The shrine was soon reconstructed.
The Urs or annual festival of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya is celebrated with passion and enthusiasm every year. The 773rd Urs was celebrated with harmony from 19 December to 22 December 2012. There is a public vacation in the three days of Urs. Persons visit the religious ceremony and gatherings, pray in the title of Allah and recite the Holy phrases of Allah. Muslim, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and even the Hindu community take part and visit the saintly location, whereas they plead in the title of their Gods. The government of Pakistan arranges serious security measures in the building of the shrine in the days of Urs. It is said that the shrine is one of the Holy locations in Pakistan, which have laddered Pakistan’s struggle and war against terrorism.