The three days celebrations of 457th Urs of Sufi Saint Hazrat Mehboob Alam known as Hazrat Peer Shah Jewna will be observed with great respect and honor at his shrine, located some 30 kilometres north of Jhang from Sunday 9today).

A large number of followers and devotees throng the shrine every year to pay homage to the great mystic saint to seek blessings. Former Federal Minister Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat is the Sajjada Nasheen (caretaker) of the shrine.

Hazrat Shah Jewna was descendant of Hazrat Jaffar Tuwaab Bin Imam Ali Naqi. Hazrat Qutbuddin Bukhtiar Kaki and Khawaja Nizamuddin Aolia Dehlwi were also part of this pedigree which shows that Shah Jewna belongs to the same lineage of the mentioned great scholars of the Subcontinent.

Hazrat Shah Jewna’s grandfather Makhdoom Syed Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari migrated to the Subcontinent from Bukhara in the reign of slave dynasty. The great saint also moved to Subcontinent to preach and promote Islam in this region. The great saints of his era were Hazrat Ghous Bahawal Haq Zakariya Multani, Hazrat Khawaja Fareeduddin Ganj Shakar and Shahbaz Qalandar.

Likewise, Hazrat Shah Jewna’s another ancestor Makhdoom Jahanian Jahan Ghasht’s caliph Hazrat Madad Alaf Sani’s grandfather was Rafiuddin which shows the holy shrine of Hazrat Shah Jewna was among the great shrines of Subcontinent.

Makhdoom Jahanian Jahan Ghasht breathed his last in Uch Sharif (Bahawalpur). After his death, the forefathers of Hazrat Shah Jewna moved from Uch Sharif to Kannuaj (India) where Peer Shah Jewna was born in 1493 in the reign of King Sikandar Lodhi. His father Syed Sadaruddin Shah Kabeer was a Polyhistor and also among the advisors of King Sikandar Lodhi.

Hazrat Shah Jewna learnt the religious knowledge from his father and spent a large part (around 66 years) of his life in Kannauj. He got education in Arabic, Persian, Quran, Tafsir, Hadith and Islamic jurisprudence from his teacher Qazi Bahauddin and thus became a prominent scholar. The fame of his piety and simple lifestyle spread to far-flung areas and many great scholars and saints of his era used to pay visits to him.

He had witnessed the regime of Sultans Sikandar Lodhi, Ibrahim Lodhi, Zaheeruddin Babar, Naseeruddin Babar and Jalaluddin Akbar. He started preaching Islam from Kannauj where he strived day and night to accomplish his noble task. There is a town ‘Jewn’ associated with his name in the Tehsil Jalalabad of district Kannauj. Tehsil Jalalabad too linked with the name of his ancestor Makhdoom Jalaluddin Jahanian Jahan Ghasht while in district Kannauj, Sadaat Shah Jewna’s colonized towns -Siray- e-Miraan, Uch, Bibiyaan Jalalpur, Makhdoom Pur, Laal Pur (associated with the name of Saint Laal Bukhari) are still populated areas of the city. Siray-e-Miraan is the town where Shah Jewna used to impart religious knowledge to the students who used to come from other areas.

The miracles of Hazrat Shah Jewna were very popular in Kannauj and surroundings. Once, when he was in Kannauj, the son of Raja was killed with a knife while playing with his friends. On the request of Raja, he prayed to Allah Almighty and recited some holy verses from Quran and put his hand on the place of wound. By grace of Allah, the boy opened his eyes. This marvellous miracle of Shah Jewna impressed Raja so much that he, along with thousands of other Hindus, embraced Islam.

Hazrat Shah Jewna inherited spiritual power from his forefathers. In a book ‘Hadeeqatul Aolia’ Page No 50, it is mentioned about the miracle of his grandfather Makhdoom Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari that when in his teenage, he was playing with his friends, a funeral was brought but he stopped the people there to bury the dead body. He pronounced Allah is great and addressing the dead body, he asked to be alive on the orders of Allah, in a few seconds, the person was alive and lived for 40 years after that. Likewise, it was also written in book’ Anwaarul Aolia’ about his ancestor Makhdoom Jalaluddin Jahanian Jahan Ghasht that once he went to perform Hajj, and when he staying at Jeddah for some time, a funeral of Shaikh Badaruddin Yamni was brought in a mosque. He recited a holy verse from Quran and Sh Badaruddin opened “ his eyes and later, everyone present there offered their Zuhr prayer in his Imamat.

Peer Shah Jewna left Kannauj in 1558 and migrated to Pail Padhrar to preach Islam there. Pail Padhrar was an acid area without any vegetation at that time but his arrival made the deserted place populated and fertile. He impressed the people there who started embracing Islam in a great numbers. He prayed for blessings of Allah for this area which was granted and a proof of Shah Jewna’s blessings also exists even today in that area. This well is known as “Peers” well and people used the water of this to cure their physical and spiritual ailments.

From Pail Padhrar, he went to a town ‘Shah Jewna’ near Jhang which was also deserted but as soon as he reached the area, it was also filled with blessings of Allah. Hazrat Shah Jewna was a simple but pious and generous saint who always remained busy in helping the mankind and teaching and preaching Islam and ways of Quran and Sunnah to people.

He had firm belief in the injunctions of Holy Quran and was emotionally attached to Holy Prophet (SAWW). His love for Holy Prophet (PBUH) can easily be gauged from the fact that he made Surah Muzammil the centre of his life. Due to reciting Sur’ah- Muzammil millions times in the bela of Chenab River, he was also known as ‘Peer Croreia.

Many years rather centuries have passed since his death, but even today, a large number of people not only from Jhang but also from far-flung areas still remember the services of this great saint and feel honour in paying homage to him and earn inner peace in return. In this modem era when everyone is anxious and looking for peace, the message of Hazrat Shah Jewna is still one of piety, modesty and honesty.