Urs of Daata Ganj Bakhsh in Woodland
Woodand Mosque celebrated 968th URS Sharif of Daata Ganj Bakhsh on Thursday January 12, 2012.
Imam of Woodland mosque Hafiz Qari Aamir Hussain hosted the program and also gave a talk about life and time of Data Sahib.
Qari Bashir Sialvi began the program with the recitation of the holy Quran.
After Zikar and dua, Langar (free food) was served at the end of the program.
Abul Hassan Ali Ibn Usman al-Jullabi al-Hajvery al-Ghaznawi or Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery also known as Daata Ganj Bakhsh (which means the master who bestows treasures) or Daata Sahib, was a Sufi and scholar during the 11th century. He significantly contributed to the spreading of Islam in South Asia.
He was born around 990 CE near Ghazni, Afghanistan during the Ghaznavid Empire and died in Lahore (in present day Punjab, Pakistan) in 1077 CE. His most famous work is Revelation of the Veiled (Kashf Al Mahjub), written in the Persian language.
The work, which is one of the earliest and most respected treatises of Sufism, debates Sufi doctrines of the past.
Ali Hajvery is also famous for his mausoleum in Lahore, which is surrounded by a large marble courtyard, a mosque and other buildings.
It is the most frequented of all the shrines in that city, and one of the most famous in Pakistan and nearby countries. His name is a household word, and his mausoleum the object of pilgrimage from distant places.