MULTAN

The centuries old shrine of Hazrat Sultan Ahmed Qattal needs immediate preservation otherwise the precious, ornate calligraphy at its exterior side would fade out completely.

The tomb, nearly 100 feet in height, is considered as the copy of Hazrat Shah Ruknuddin Alam’s shrine. The great saint died in 1041 Hijri (1671 AD). After four generations, in the year 1157 Hijri, during the reign of Sultan Ahmad II, Governor of Multan built his shrine with Rs200,000 in Jalalpur Pirwala city, some 90 Kilometers from Multan.

The shrine is a marvel in its construction and calligraphy. It was completed in almost 50 years. Physical construction of this shrine was done by Muhammad Murad, a resident of Seetpur, Muzaffargarh. The shrine area has 550 acres agri-land annexed to it and its income goes to Auqaf Department.

When contacted, Auqaf Department official Manzoor Leghari said that he had sent May last a proposal worth Rs30 million for conservation of the tomb. He conceded that this great monument was fast deteriorating and stressed that it must be conserved or the cost for same work would increase manifold. The shrine had unique blue kashi tiles and “munawati” tiles which enhanced its beauty.