History of Zinda Shah Madar
Birth Place of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda
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 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
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
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
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
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...