Shaikh Ali Hajweri – Data Saheb of Lahore

The shrine of Shaikh Ali Hajweri, Data Ganj Bakhsh, or Data Sahib is a landmark of sorts in the subcontinent. It has been a centre of inspiration since the eleventh century. He was both a scholar and a saint and author of the first treatise on Sufism in Persian language – Kashf al Mahjub (or “Unveiling the Veiled”). Originally from Ghazni, Afghanistan, Data Saheb spent a considerable portion of his life in Lahore. He loved it so much that settled here permanently.

After his reunion with the Creator in 1077 A.D, his shrine has attracted millions of people. It is still the busiest of places even after nearly ten centuries. Even the leader of Chistiya school of Sufism, Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti sought spiritual guidance at his shrine.

I was at Data Darbar recently and in the middle of a chilly night took these pictures…
Wish I could have frequented this place more often during my stay in Lahore. It is truly peaceful and inspiring.

And here is borrowed image with a daytime view

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  1. nice there is calmness in the pictures

  2. […] to yesterday’s post on Data Saheb,  Shirazi Saheb from Lahore has sent this story related to Data Ganj Baksh. The […]

  3. Thanks Manzoor.

  4. Assalam-o-Alaikum. Dears can anyone guide me about the site, where urdu translation of KASHF-AL-MAHJUB can be read and benefited? I have tried a lot but am still unable to find the one. JAZA KUMINALLAH. ALLAH HAFIZ

  5. Beautiful pictures. Please let me know is there a english translation of KASHF-AL MUHAJUB
    thank you

    • it can be brought on http ://

  6. Dear Khaja Saheb

    The best way would be to order it from Sang-i-Meel Publications in Lahore. I am pasting this link that will be useful to make an order. They are quite efficient with online orders.

    Dear Ansar Saheb: I haven’t seen any Urdu version of Kashf ul Mahjub. Please also order it from Sangi Meel. They will get it for you.

  7. Now Data Darbar Has Its Full Urdu and English Web Site on Which Complete Darbar Details and Kashaf Al Mahjoob Is Available In Urdu and English Language

  8. A wonderful architecture tomb picture. I hope that I can visited it in a several times.

  9. Ganj baksh faiz alam mazhar e noor khuda,

    Naksan ra piir kamil kamillan ra rehn-uman.


  11. Dear Brothers,

    You can read Kashf-UL-Mahjoob in urdu from below link. Please click


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  14. […] to yesterday's post on Data Saheb,  Shirazi Saheb from Lahore has sent this story related to Data Ganj Baksh. The […]

  15. Dear All Visitors,

    as per the experiences gain from sufiisim, the best translated kashful mahjoob is by Abul hasaanat.

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