Family tree and Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ)

A famous Muslim scholar, educator and an original writer of poetry, Merza Caliche Beige has performed a tremendous benefit to Sindhi research by compiling data relatively of the initial life of Shah Bhattai, from the discussions that he had regularly secured with numerous old kin still existing, who acknowledged these details from their parents and ancestors for they had viewed Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) personally and had even voiced with him.

His forefathers had come from (Herat) which is still the 2nd biggest city of Afghanistan to Sindh, after it was removed by “Timur” and his Mongol combatants. Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) was the grandson of Abdul Karim Bullree (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) who was a supernatural wordsmith of great honor, his poetry in Sindhi is living and his honoring is still guarded at Bullree in the formation of an Urs.

Syed Habib Shah (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) was his father who lived in “Hallah-Haveli” a small town 40 miles from “Mattiarri” and next to the village of “Bhitshah”. Afterwards he left the venue and migrated to “Kottri” where Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) spent some part of his immature life.

Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) obtained his greater scholarship in the Maaktab of Akhund Noor Muhammad in fundamental Persian and Sindhi. He is also recognized to have recollected great verses of the holy Qur’an. His communication in Persian with present-day scholar “Makhdoum Moin-uddin Thattavi” as included in the Risaalah-e-Owaisi which brings onlookers to his scholarly ability. In his poetry he addresses Sindh and its adjoining territory; he drafts the remote cities such as Samarqand and “Constantinople” which is now called “Istanbul” he also unfolded about (Saamuundi) Sindhi sailors and their shipping methods journeys as deep as the “Malaabar” shores “Ceylon” which is now called Srilanka and the island of Java. His poetry was early interpreted into German language in 1866 approximately 100 years after his demise by a German Islamic scholar and preacher who was captivated by Sindhi language and culture in around 1860’s. With the support of Sindhi philosophers he gathered a collection of the earliest verses and named it “Shah Jo Risaloh”.

The Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) is a great ceremony in Sindh, where nations from virtually every small town, districts and cities of Sindh and from various districts and cities of other regions of Pakistan. The Urs begins from 14th Safar every Islamic calendar and continues for three days in which prosperous, needy, immature, elderly, intellectual and farmers make a decisive attempt to show up. His followers, hermits and artists assemble around and narrate passages of his poetry. Intellectual contest and demonstration of his efforts and old Sindhi antiques are also publicized and promoted. In the final approximately 8 years of his momentous life, Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai (رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ) lived in Bhitshah. A few days earlier his demise he separated to his rock-shaped dwelling and squandered all his precious moments in invocation, fasting and consuming very little.

The tomb aloft his grave was constructed by (Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro) to celebrate his success over the Rao of Kuchh a Maratha ally in the Desert of “Thaar”.

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