His name is ‘BISHR’ son of Haris’ and his Kunyat is ‘Abu Nasr’. His title is ‘Hafi’ and his genealogy is as follows:
“Bishr son of Haris son of Abdur Rahman son of Ata son of Haman and son of Abdullah علیھم الرّحمہ”
Date of Birth:
He was born in Merv in 150 AH. Merv is the name of a big city of ancient Khorasan, which is now called ‘Turkmenistan’. It was a civilized city of the Islamic world in the epoch of Saljooq (from 431 to 682 AH). Many Muslim Scholars, Fazils and researchers were born in that city. Mongols demolished it.
Character and Peculiarities:
He was one of the ancients Mashaikh and he was a great miracles Saint. He used to live in Baghdad and he was the one of ‘Autad’ (a category of Saints علیھم الرّحمہ) of Iraq. He was a Mureed of his uncle Ali Khaizamرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and he listened to Hadiths from the renowned Imam of that time Hazrat Hammad son of Zaidرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ . He was the unique in ascetic and piety. All the Imams of Hadith said about him, that he is a trustworthy. When he passed away, all the Muhaddithin got highly grieved. By listening to the news of his demise, Imam Ahmed son of Hanbalرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ said, “He did not leave his example.” Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi and Fuzail son of Ayazعلیھم الرّحمہ used to admire him. He would sit in the blessed company of Imam Ahmed son of Hanbal and Fuzail son of Ayazرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیھما . It is narrated that, as long as he was alive, any cattle did not dung on the ways of Baghdad in respect of Hazrat Bishr Hafiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ because he used to walk barefooted onto those ways. One day, a quadruped of someone dunged on the way and a noise was heard that “Hazrat Bishr Hafiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ left the world.” When it was confirmed the fact, that was really true that he passed away. It is narrated that he saw the Holy Prophetصلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم in the dream. Rasool Allahجل جلالہ و صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم said, “O Bishr! Did you know that why Almighty Allah choose you? And gave you the most high status in all His close friendsجل جلالہ و علیھم الرّحمہ . He requested that I do not know. The Holy Prophetصلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم said, because you follow my Sunnahs, respect the righteous, advise your brothers and you love with me and my family (Ahle Baitعلیھم الرّضوان ).”
He passed away on Wednesday on 10th Muharram-ul-Haram, 227 AH and his blessed Shrine is in Baghdad. When he passed away, people heard the Jinns cry from his blessed home. After his demise, someone dreamt him and asked what happened with you? He said, “Almighty Allah forgave not only me but also all those people who participated in my funeral prayer and also those who will love me until the Day of Judgment.” (Safinat-ul-Auliya: 163)