Monthly Archives: March 2014

12). Return from Pilgrimage and New Mansion in Dera Ismail Khan

After leaving Dera Ismail Khan in 1844 Syed Ameer Shah and his son Syed Inayat Ali Shah spent the next nine years on a pilgrimage routine traveling between Makkah, Saudi Arabia and Karbala, Iraq. During the days of Hajj they would travel to Saudi Arabia; whereas, for the rest of the year they would stay in karbala, Iraq and indulge in deep meditation and prayers. These visits allowed them to meet several learned and knowledgeable people and allowed them to further expand on their knowledge and spiritual powers.

During the ninth year of travelling Syed Ameer Shah and his son met a group of people travelling for Hajj from Dera Ismail Khan. People in the caravan updated them on the news from Dera Ismail Khan.

  1. Saradar Abdullah Khan Sadozai has met his maker
  2. The English government continues to gain a foothold into the local government replacing the Sikh and Sadozai leaders

Acknowledging that the political landscape of Dera had completely changed, the Syeds decided to return to Dera in 1853 (1270 Hijri) after a nine year hiatus. Upon their return, they decided to purchase land near the Imamia Gate and started construction of a mansion which started and completed in 1853. Even today, the progeny of Syed Inayat Ali can be found living in the same mansion. At the time of construction, the mansion was surrounded by farmland and a hay market would always spring up near the mansion frequently.

Owing to the existence of new mansion, the area surrounding the mansion came to be known as “Jalali Mohalla” around 1854 time period. During 1910 the name changed to “Mohalla Dr. Jalal Husain Shah” and was registered as such in the English Government records as well as the local post office.

11). Completion of the shrine of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah after 142 years:

Syed Inayat Ali Shah tried to search the tombstone for his martyred brother for the remainder of his life but to no avail. When Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s eldest son Syed Gul Zaman Shah came of age he told him about the martyrdom of Syed Wilayat Ali shah and how he was unable to find the burial place of his brother. Gradually and systematically Syed Gul Zaman Shah was able to trace the burial place and grave of his uncle Syed Wilayat Ali Shah in Hathala. Syed Gul Zaman Shah was unable to finish the construction on the shrine. The descendants of Syed Gul Zaman Shah kept visiting the grave of their ancestors; however, through time the shrine remained open to the skies and without a perimeter wall.

At last, Syed Jahangir Abbas Shah son of Syed Abbas Ali Shah son of Syed Jalal Hussain Shah son of Syed Gul Zaman Shah son of Syed Inayat Ali Shah son of Syed Ameer Shah a retiree of the Air force of Pakistan settled back in Dera Ismail Khan in 1982-83. Soon after he was appointed the Airport Manager for the Dera Ismail Khan airport where an employee from Hathala also worked and one day he shared the story of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah’s shrine and how through time no one has ever been able to finish the job started almost a century and a half ago.

Immediately, Syed Jahangir Abbas Shah decided to visit the shrine of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah. Most of the elders of the Jalalia family then settled in Dera Ismail Khan in Mohallah Jalal Hussain Shah decided that they all should visit their ancestor in Hathala. Finally, in 1985-86 Syed Jahangir Abbas finished the construction of the shrine as well as the perimeter wall on his own expense and nothing tragic happened afterwards or during this construction. That is how after waiting 142 years Syed Wilayat Ali Shah’s son built him his shrine.