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  The History of Zinda Shah Madar

Birth Place of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar

Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Kutubul Madar was born in the Halab city of Shaam (now known as Syria).

The Halab city is famous and holy in Syria. It is said that once there was a hill where now exists a fort. It is on this hill that Hazrat Ibrahim (peace be upon him) had milked his goats and this process of milking in arabic is known as Halab, so the name Halab was given to this city. Syria is the neighbour of the Arab countries, which is known as the Gulf region these days. The Gulf region is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the red sea and the deserts. The region that lies from the seashores of Syria to the deserts of Yemen is called as "Hijaaj". The holy cities of Makkah, Taif yasraf and Madina are parts of this region, which is related to the life of the Prophet

This is the same Makkah city from where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave the peace messages and enlightened the lamps of mercy in the darkness of humanity. This is the same Taif, where people stoned the prophet, but instead He prayed and showered love upon them. May it be the sacrifice of Ansar, or the dedication of the Mujahireen, or the merciful personalities of the Momin with kindness, or the holy natures of the Panjatans; this treasure of Islam has eliminated in this world through Madina itself.

It is the precious gift to this Hijaaj region that in that era when there was lack of resources water in this region, Hazrat Ibrahim (R.A) had settled his son Hazrat Ismail in the city of Makkah. In the same way it is a prestige for Shaam (Syria) that Hazrat Ismail resided his son Hazrat Is'haq.

The first ever military attack on Shaam was in protest against the khaleefa Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiqui. The day when Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiqui expired, the Islamic forces entered Damishk but Shaam was completely conquered in the governance of Hazrat Umar Farooq. In Hijri 17 according to the Islamic calendar the Muslims were victorious in Shaam. Impressed with the teachings of Islam, its specialities and the kind characters of the Muslims, many of the dwellers accepted Islam and this resulted in the spreading of Islam. So it can be said that Islam reached this region in the existing life of the Prophet itself.

It is this country Shaam, where Hazrat Bilal (R.A) had spent days of his life when he found hard to live his life after getting separated from the Prophet.

  The Dargah Shareef

The dargah Shareef of the great saint Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar is situated in Makanpur, near Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in INDIA. Pilgrims Travel to Makanpur by bus services and jeeps from the Kanpur City railway station. Other way to reach by airlines is from Lucknow.

Makanpur was originally known as Khairabad in 818 Hijri according to the Islamic calender. The province was florished with the arrival of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar and got fame and developed as years passed. It is said that this province was named as Khairabad after Hazrat Khairuddin (R.A) by Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar.

This name was changed to Makanpur, when Hazrat Khairuddin (R.A) was crowned with the title of 'Makkan Sarbaaz' by the great saint Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar.

The Tomb of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar was built by the Emperor Ibrahim Sharki Jaunpuri and some of the work was carried out by the Emperor Humayun too. He gave most of his wealth in charity after conquering Kannauj. Monuments made by Emperor Akbar and Emperor Shahjahaan still stand in the dargah compound.

Most of the constructions were done by Emperor Alamgeer (R.A) which attract the attentions of the pilgrims today, in which are Alamgeeri Mosque, Alamgeeri well, Alamgeeri Sarai, the Bridge over the Isan river and the Road to Makanpur from Kannauj.

There are two Deg (vessels) in the compound of the dargah premises. The bigger one is known as the Shahjahaani Deg which is made of copper, and the smaller one was placed by the king Datya of Madhya Pradesh.

'Only some prominent members of the dargah shareef are allowed to enter the tomb which was constructed by Emperor Ibrahim Sharki and no women can enter the Haram-e-Saani nor anyone is allowed to take the Chirag or cooked food in this area. If any female attempts to enter the Haram-e-Saani, she get annoyed and irritated as if she has caught fire. This type of miraculous activities are still seen in this present era.

  Chillah Mubarak

Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar had spent most of his life in travelling throughout the world as his mission was spreading the teachings of Islam and making people aware of its goodness.

Wherever he went he used to camp at intervals and stay there for some days. The places where he stayed during his journeys are known as Chillah. Here people met him with their problems and asking him to pray for them. Many amongst them converted to Islam.

Here are some of the Chillahs where people go with faith even today. More...


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