There have been several saints who have traveled from far
and wide to India, spreading the word of Islam like Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz (R.A.) and many other saints who migrated to India from the Arab
countries and Persia. They came as and when informed by their own intuition or will or as per the instructions of Prophet Mohamed (S.A.W.S.
- Peace Be Upon Him) as envisioned in their dreams or by Ilm (Wisdom of Faith) i.e. as pointed out by spiritual power given to them by
The spread of Islam as a whole in India is a story of the gradual
growth of the Islamic religion essentially through various itinerant Sufi Saints and traders who settled amongst the local indigenous
A magnificent example of such spread
of Islam by an Iranian Saint is that of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.). It is a belief of the Muslims that the holy saints
who sacrifice and devote their lives in the way of Allah (S.W.T) are immortal. Their stature is equivalent to that of the
Martyrs (Shaheed) as they have renounced their worldly lives for Allah (S.W.T.) and are called Shahadat-e-Huqmi.
There are many miracles that have
happened during the life of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and after his death. Whatever is known about Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari
(R. A.) is learnt from the caretakers and trustees from generation to generation as
the Saint never married and has no descendents. Some people tried to portray themselves as his descendants or heirs and have destroyed
the exact history of the Saint, his Tomb and the Dargah.
It is learnt from "Rivayat" (Legends)
that Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) was sitting at some lonely place
in his hometown and was busy in his prayers when a lady passed-by from there crying and
screaming. When the Saint enquired about her crying, she pointed to an empty vessel
in her hand and said that she had dropped some oil. And if she goes home without the oil
her husband would beat her. She was crying in need of help. The Saint asked her to be calm and went with
her to the place where the oil had been dropped. He then took the
vessel from the wailing lady and pushed the earth with his thumb. The oil came
out like a fountain and the vessel was full. The Saint gave her the
vessel with oil and she went away happily.