It was the 967th Urs Daata Saab of Hazart Data Gunj Bakhsh (Hazart Syed Ali bin Usman Hajvery (RA)) in historic city of Lahore.
The event started by inauguration from Punjab Chief Minister along with Chairman Religious Affairs Committee, Minister for Auqaf and other ministers with tightened security arrangements (to tackle any adverse situation).
Thousands of devotees were there who already reached Lahore days ago to pay homage to great Sufi saint of 11th century Hazart Data Gunj Bakhsh (RA) whose teachings led thousands of people to embrace Islam in subcontinent.
Born in Ghazni (Afghanistan) Hazart Data Gunj Bakhsh (RA) was not only a great Sufi saint by himself but also a symbolic figure for other Sufi saints of later period. This can be denounced from the fact that the renowned Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (RA) first arrived in Lahore to pay respect to Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) before going to Ajmer (India). Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (RA) also paid homage to Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) through his famous words which are
Ganj Bakhsh-e Faiz-e Aalam, Mazhar-e Noor-i-Khuda
Naqisaan ra Pir-e Kamil, Kamilaan ra Rahnuma
which means Hazart Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) is a revelation of the Light of ALMIGHTY for people who lay among both imperfect and perfect ones. During Urs milk sabeels and free meals were prepared for thousands of devotees. Langars (communal food) were prepared in massive cauldrons (Degs) and distributed freely as tabarruk (blessed food). Wealthy devotees distributed the food to the poor to get blessings at maximum. Recitations of Holy Quran committed throughout the days and nights. Mehfil-e-Naat, Mehfil-e-Samaa and other religious sessions took place to highlight the contributions of Hazart Data Sahib (RA). A large number of prominent Qawals, Naat Khawans etc from all over country participated to add more to the grace of Islamic spirit. The malangs/jogis recited Allah hoo, Allah hoo. The scholars, Ulema gave lecture on Sufism and the significant role performed by Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh (RA) to spread Islam through his pious deeds.
The rich gave nazranas (Arabic for an offering, gift or present) inside shrine. There was a fragrance of rose, jasmine, sandalwood paste, attar while chadars (decorative shawls) were placed as tribute on the tomb of the saint. There was hustle and bustle all-around.
During night the Shrine of Hazart Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) gave a glimpse of day as it was lit with multiplexed lights. The Urs can be marked the best experience of anyone’s life who participated there.