Data Ganj Baksh Death Festival

Data Ganj Baksh Death Festival

Islamic month of Safar, days 18-19
This festival is an occasion for massive pilgrimages to the Mausoleum of Data Ganj Baksh in Lahore, Pakistan. Data Ganj Baksh, which means "He Who Gives Generously," was the name given to Syed Ali Abdul Hasan Bin Usman Hujwiri (also rendered Ali Hajweri or al-Hujwiri), a scholar and author who lived most of his life in Lahore and died in 1072. He wrote Kashful Mahjub (or Kashf al-mahjub ), the oldest Persian treatise on Sufism. It is a text on the fundamentals of Sufism and it reviews Islamic mysticism, linking each famous master to a particular doctrine. Ali Hujwiri is one of the most popular saints in Pakistan, and every day hundreds of pilgrims pray at his shrine and ask for blessings and favors. On his urs (death festival), thousands throng to the shrine for celebratory activities and prayers.
SOURCES:
DictWrldRel-1989, pp. 719, 720
UndIslam-2004, p. 390
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