Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

 

There are some things that grow more beautiful with time. The shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan, Pakistan is one such example. Just FYI, the picture cannot do justice to the feeling of actually being there. Enjoy!

This post is in response to the DailyPost’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Blast From The Past – Bahauddin Zakaria, Multan

Hazrat Bahauddin Zakaria is perhaps the most famous saint in all of Multan. He is the grandfather of the famous Shah Rukn-e-Alam and they are both buried just a couple of hundred meters from each other. The shrine is designed as a perfect square, and holds around 50+ graves of the Hazrat’s descendants. Even though his shrine is not as spectacularly designed as his grandson’s, it is a sight to behold. The exquisite blue tile-work is mesmerizing and I couldn’t help myself from staring at it for a long time.

As with Shah Rukn-e-Alam’s shrine, people paying homage to the great Hazrat believe that he is capable of hearing and answering their prayers, even after death. Be it the tying of empty plastic bags on the shrine’s grills or the burning of diyas (small oil lanterns made of clay) and rubbing their oil on one’s face or feeding the pigeons, there are several ways (supposedly) to get the Hazrat’s attention. Then again, I do not believe in any of this, but Allah knows better. I was astonished to see brides and grooms visiting the shrine for the Hazrat’s blessing before embarking on their new journey together, as well as barefooted people walking to the Hazrat’s Darbar (another word for shrine) as a sign of their devotion and respect; seems like taking things a bit to far. I even heard one of my local colleagues claiming that people going for the holy pilgrimage to Makkah (hajj and umrah) come to the darbar before actually leaving on their journey; WOW!

Here are some glimpses of the mausoleum for your viewing pleasure.