Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Baba Alam Shah Bukhari, Karachi

This Mazar was something of an icon of that place: Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road, Karachi. It is still there but I am told - and sadly so - that this old building has now been demolished to make way for the new one. How sick is that. And why no authority stops such violation of historical structures is beyond my comprehension. It is understandable that the rise in Sufi version of Islam has caused jam-packed Mazars, but it makes no sense to me that you start pulling down structure after structure.

But this is not new. We have seen this happen across Pakistan. Recent examples include Red Mazar of Sehwan Sharif (Lal Shahbaz Qalandar). Now, a bland, blue Mazar stands in its place, a bad copy of that brilliant Mazar Sharif in Iraq. Why cannot we continue Sufi Islam with historical heritage? How many more Mazars will we allow to be demolished?

Answers?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ameer Hamza, kindly do your homework before posting something on the internet. People are not really into history and knowledge, so they usually read what they see on the internet. FYI, the tomb of Alam Shah Bukhari is not being demolished, infact it is being Renovated. The tomb is being renovated by one of the renowned Architect of Karachi, Mr. Kafeel Hussain Khan.

Ameer Hamza said...

Thank you for your comments. I will re-visit this important Tomb and will let you know whether it is being renovated or demolished. Although I am not an architect by profession, I understand the difference for I also work along with some of the leading architects and engineers of this country. (Tariq Hassan, Arif Kassam, Arshad Shahid Abdullah, etc).

Anonymous said...

Anonymous dude is right..mazar shariff is not being demolished at all..its being renovated and as of today a significant part has been renovated..The dome is now directly above the resting place..and the area for pilgrims around the resting place has also been widened.
You know bro there is a very thin line b/w Confidence and Overconfidence..and in my humble opinion..it sounds as if u just crossed that magical line :P

Anonymous said...

Woowww wonderfull shrine of Baba Alam shah bukhari.... bhtttt sukooon milta hy wahan rooh ko ....

mishal said...

beshak bht sukoon ha

Shani Mehmood said...

My mum was an Abdal,, she use to visit this shrine and talk with sahib e mazar. I'll visit this mazar soon after few decades.

M.Saleem Bakali said...

Can anyone share the history of Baba Alam Shah Bukhari (R.A)