Abdullah Shah Ghazi

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Abdullah Shah Ghazi (Arabic: عبد الله شاه غازى‎‎) was an eighth century Muslim mystic.[1]


Inside the shrine of the Abdullah Shah Ghazi

According to a local historian Suhail Zaheer Lari, being the son of Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya Abdullah was of the Ahl al-Bayt (member of househould of Muhammad).[2] He was born in Medina in 720 and arrived in Sindh in 760 as a horse-trader/merchant and brought with him a large number of horses purchased from Kufa, Iraq[citation needed]. Abudullah Shah was called Ghazi for his bravery[citation needed]. He was buried on the seashore atop a hillock in Karachi along with his brother Misry Shah.[3]


The tomb is built on a very high platform with the grave being downstairs. It has a high, square chamber and a green-and-white striped dome, decorated with Sindhi tilework flags and buntings. The shrine attracts a steady stream of devotees who caress the silver railing around the burial place and drape it with garlands of flowers. Up till the early 1950s the shrine was a small hut on top of a sandy hill in Clifton. The shrine was built, expanded and beautified in the mid-1960s as it had begun to attract devotional attention. The shrine expansion and pilgrims attracted the festivities and music Qawwali. In 2005, Karachi municipal government started an extensive repair, cleaning up and renovation job on the shrine which was completed in 2007. Shah Ghazi shrine was attacked in 2010 by militants who detonated two suicide bombs at the shrine killing 10 and injuring 50.[4]

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  1. ^ Asim Butt (August 11, 2005). "Pakistan's mystical Islam thrives". BBC News. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lari, Suhail Zaheer. A History of Sindh. Oxford University Press, USA. 1995, np [and OUP Pakistan, 1996.]
  3. ^ Abdullah Shah Ghazi This doesnt seem to be a valid or reliable source/ref cite
  4. ^ Abdullah Shah Ghazi: The saviour saint