Sial Sharif, Tehsil Sahiwal,
District Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan.

Spiritual Genealogy (Shajarah) of the silsilah Chistiyah Nizamiayh Sialviyah

  1. Hazrat MUHAMMAD (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
  2. Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (karrama Allah wajhahu)
  3. Hazrat Khwaja Hasan al-Basri (Rahmatullah)
  4. Hazrat Khwaja Abdul Waahid Bin Zaid (Rahmatullah)
  5. Hazrat Khwaja Fuzeel Ibn-e-Ayaaz (Rahmatullah)
  6. Hazrat Khwaja Sultan Ibrahim Bin Adham (Rahmatullah)
  7. Hazrat Khwaja Sadeed-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  8. Hazrat Khwaja Ameen-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  9. Hazrat Khwaja Mumshaad (Rahmatullah)
  10. Hazrat Khwaja Abi Ishaq Shami Chishti (Rahmatullah)
  11. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Abi Ahmad Abdal Chishti (Rahmatullah)
  12. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Abi Muhammad Chishti (Rahmatullah)
  13. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nasir-ud-din Chishti (Rahmatullah)
  14. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Qutb-ud-din Maudud Chishti (Rahmatullah)
  15. Hazrat Khwaja Makhdum Haji Sharif (Rahmatullah)
  16. Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni (Rahmatullah)
  17. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Moin-ud-din Chishti of Ajmer Sharif (Rahmatullah)
  18. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki (Rahmatullah)
  19. Hazrat Khwaja Baba Fareed-ud-din Ganjshakar (Rahmatullah)
  20. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizaam-ud-din Awlia (Rahmatullah)
  21. Hazrat Khwaja Naseer-ud-din Charagh-e-Delhi (Rahmatullah)
  22. Hazrat Khwaja Kamaal-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  23. Hazrat Khwaja Siraaj-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  24. Hazrat Khwaja I'lm-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  25. Hazrat Khwaja Mehmood Rajan (Rahmatullah)
  26. Hazrat Khwaja Jamaal-ud-din Juman (Rahmatullah)
  27. Hazrat Khwaja Jamaal-ud-din Hasan Muhammad Nuri (Rahmatullah)
  28. Hazrat Khwaja Qutb Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Rahmatullah)
  29. Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad (Rahmatullah)
  30. Hazrat Khwaja Kaleem Ullah Jahanabadi (Rahmatullah)
  31. Hazrat Khwaja Nizaam-ud-din Aurongabadi (Rahmatullah)
  32. Hazrat Khwaja Fakhr-ud-din (Rahmatullah)
  33. Hazrat Khwaja Nur Muhammad Mahaarvi (Rahmatullah)
  34. Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Sulaiman Taunsvi (Rahmatullah)
  35. Hazrat Khwaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi - Rahmatullah (Pir Sial of Sial Sharif)

Hazrat Khawaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi (Rahmatullah)

This great waliullah (saint) of 19th centuary was born in 1799 AD (1214 AH); and he was born of a religious family in the Shahpur district of Punjab (now known as Sargodha distrcit). The parents selected the name Shams al-Din for their newborn son. Later on, he became famous as Shams al-'Arifin (the sun of the gnostics, i.e. those who possess true knowledge of Allah). This is an appellation by which the grand Shaykh of Sial, Khawaja Muhammad Shams al-Din Sialvi is known. He is Alwi by genealogy, being a descendant of the fourth Khalifah Ali Ibn Abi Talib (however, he is not a discendant of Hz Fatimah al-Zahra).

Long before Hz Sham-ud-din's birth, a great waliullah of Multan by the name of Ghaus Baha -ul-Haq Zakarya Multani, while traveling to Bhera, got down from his horse when he was right at the place where now the tomb of Khwaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi is situated, picked handful of soil and kissed it. His disciples were astonished by this gesture. Upon their insistence, he revealed to them that a Ghaus would be born there. He had become the haafiz-e-Quran (one who has learned Quran by heart) at the age of 7 years and went to some of the renowned institutions to get religious education. He went as far as Kabul where he was awarded Sand-e-Hadith (certification of hadith). The most important of his journeys was to Taunsa Sharif (Distt. Dera Ghazi Khan), where he became a devotees (Mureed, Devoted follower) of Khawja Shah Suleiman Taunsvi

He established an institute for religious education-he himself used to teach there. Some of his students went to become known Islamic scholars in the subcontinent. Miraat Ul Ashqeen is famous book based on his sayings and unique thoughts. After his death his son Khawja Allama Muhammad Ud Din Sialvi was granted "Khilafat" by Peer Pathan of Tonsa Sharif. As a "Sajada Nasheen" he fulfilled all his duties and did his best in serving Islam. He was a torch bearer of "Khandan e Chisht". Hazrat Khawja Shams-ud-din Sialvi died on 24th of Safar 1300 A.H (4 January 1883 AD).

He was buried in Sial Sharif, where his grave is visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year.

Great disciples

The most well known "Khulafa" (appointed successors) of Hazrat Khawja Shams Ud Din Sialvi were;

  1. Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad of Naushera (Rahmatullah)
  2. Khawja Per Mehr Ali Shah Sahb Golra Sharif (Rahmatullah)
  3. Qazi Mian Ahmed Sahb (Rahmatullah)
  4. Khawja Muazam-ud-din Sahb Muazamabadi (Rahmatullah)
  5. Ameer Shah Sahb Bhervi (Rahmatullah)
  6. Khawja Syed Ghulam Haider Shah Jalalpuri (Rahmatullah)
  7. Khawja Syed Muhammad Saeed Shah Zanjani Lahorvi (Rahmatullah)
  8. Khawja Syed Muhammad Hasan Shah Gilani (Rahmatullah)
  9. Khawja Syed Niaz Ali Sahb Gardezi (Rahmatullah)
  10. Mirza Nawab Baig Sahb Delhvi (Rahmatullah)
  11. Mulla Khushnud Yusafzai Sahb (Kabul) (Rahmatullah)
  12. Ghareeb Niwaz Aziz-ud-Din Chacharwi (Rahmatullah)

Great disciples

Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah and Khawaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi of Sial Sharif (Rahmatullah)

Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah Sahib (R.A) was exceedingly devoted to his Sheikh (spiritual guide), Khwaja Shams-ud-din (Rahmatullah) of Sial Sharif. Hazrat explain himself that:

"The generosity of our Khwaja Shams-ud-din was such that anyone coming to him with a loving heart for guidance was blessed by him beyond his deserts. Who ever saw him once longed to see him again and again. During my stay in Makkah in connection with Hajj in 1307 A.H, Hazrat Haji Imdad-ullah Muhajir of Makkah voluntarily wished to confer spiritual bounty on me as a gesture of grace. My inner feeling, however, was that none else could match the spiritual benefits that I had already received from my own Shaikh. On Haji Sahib's insistence I did concede to accept his kind offer, but made it clear to him that I would regard it as coming in fact from my own Shaikh. Appreciating this, Haji Sahib granted permission to me to enroll disciples on his behalf in the Chishtia Sabriya School, as and when someone approached me for this purpose".

Since Hazrat Khwaja (Rahmatullah) of Sial Sharif had passed away only a short time earlier, Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah Sahib (R.A) was found in a state of extreme grief and emotional disquiet, and frequently in tears. In this condition, Hazrat could not carry on the teaching and thus the job was taken temporarily by the senior students until Hazrat was ready to take charge once again. This state of affairs continued for sometime and was followed by a long period of travels by Hazrat outside Golra.

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