Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Known as Imam Bari Sarkar (تذکرہ / سوانح)
Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Known as Imam Bari Sarkarرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ
HAZRAT IMAM BARIرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہwas one of the great and renowned Auliya-e-Kiram علیھم الرّحمہof his time and he belonged to Qadri order.Asceticism and absorption were very prominent in his life. His greatness and dignity had gained the fame far and wide.
His real name isShah Abdul Latif and well-known as Imam Bari (Imam of land). His respected father’s name wasSyed Sakhi Mehmood Kazmi(his Astana is located at the place of Aabpara in Islamabad the capital of Pakistan). His respected fatherlived at Karsal village,Jhelum district, Tehsil Chakwal at that time. He was born at the same village in 1026 AH/ 1617 AD. It was the reign of emperor Jahangir. His genealogy connects with Hazrat Imam Syed Musa Kazimرضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ .
His childhood was definitely different from ordinary children. Since childhood, he inclined towardsthe asceticism, piety, hermit and religion. He did not use to play together with the other children of village, rather he would carry the cattle away from the village and he would busy in the worshipby sitting in the isolation.The cattle would grazehere and there and then, he would carry back at home at evening by gathering them. He used to study from his respected father and he wouldneither tell a lie nor swear at others as well as he would not backbite to others and keep away from mischievous activities. The upshot of that inclination and true love with Almighty Allah became the cause of becoming the beloved of Allahجل جلالہ at the little age, and his language became effective.That is why,whatever he says, that would be complete.
Acquisition of Knowledge:
He was sent to Ghorghushti Campbellpur district,that was the Centre of Islam at that time,to get Islamic knowledge. He studied the exegesis of the Holy Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Logic and Mathematics from there. A part from that, he also acquiredthe medicine knowledge.After getting the current knowledge of that time, he went to the different places such as Kashmir, Badakhshan, Mashhad, Najaf Ashraf, Karbala, Baghdad, Egypt and Damascus, then he went to Makkah-tul-Mukarramah and Madina-tul-Munawwarah to perform Hajj.
Hetook an oath ofthe allegiance on the blessed hand of Hazrat Hayat-ul-Meerرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ whose mystic order belonged to Syed Abdul Qadir Jilaniرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ ,that way he got the beneficence from the Qadri order.
Three hundred and twenty years ago, he said that this region of Noorpur Potohar(current Islamabad)will become not only a Centre ofthe Islam but also the great magnificent and shining city, as well as it will achieve the fame around the world. The prediction of Imam Bari Sarkarرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ proved true. A city inhabitedhere by the name of Islamabad, that is not only the capital of Pakistan today but also the representative of more than one billion Muslims at the level of United Nations. In the last, we pray to Almighty Allah that May Allah make it such a city where the system of Mustafa صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلمcan be implemented and make it pure like its name. Ameen!
He passed away in 1117 AH and he was buried at Noorpur Shahan, later, his Shrine was strongly rebuilt there. His blessed Shrine is the resort of all at Nurpur Shahan, Islamabad.