Hazrat Sayyid Shah ʿAbd al-Laṭīf Kazmi Qadri, often referred to as Barī Imām or Barī Sarkār, or reverentially as Syed Shah ʿAbd al-Laṭīf was a 17th-century Sufi ascetic from Punjabwho was the most prominent Sufi of the Qadiriyya order and venerated as the patron saint of Islamabad , Pakistan.Born in Karsal in 1617 to a family descended from HOLY PROPHET HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (S.A.W.W)through the linage of Imam Musa Al Kazim, the life of Bari Imam is known "essentially through oral tradition and hagiographical booklets and celebrated in numerous songs" of Indian and PakistaniSufism.In the present day, Bari Imam is one of the most popular and widely venerated saints of Punjab.Bari Imam was eight years old when his family migrated to what is now Aabpara, Islamabad in Pakistan. According to some sources, he later married and had one daughter, though both women are said to have died prematurely.After their passing, Bari Imam began wandering the forests of the Hazara district in Northern Punjab, where he spent twenty-four years as an ascetic.Because Bari Imam Sarkar did not transmit any of his doctrines to writing as such, it may be rightly presumed that he bequeathed all of his teachings orally.Bari Imam went to Ghorghushti in Campbellpur (now known as Attock) where he stayed for two years to learning fiqh, hadith, logic, and other disciplines related to Islam, because at that time Ghorghushti was a great seat of Islamic learning. Bari Imam was renowned in his own life for being an ascetic who subjected himself to great self-humiliation in the public sphere, "living among the pariahs and consciously exposing himself to the disdain of the people."
A celebrated miracle worker, Bari Imam is also described in regional lore as one through whom ALLAH performed many marvels to convince the local people of the truth of Islam thus, some of the most popular miracles ascribed to him are his having caused water to gush forth from rocks and his having brought back to life the dead buffaloes of a peasant who had earlier provided the saint with milk during his ten years of spiritual seclusion.
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