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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.

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5). Syeds Arrival to Dera and the Ruler’s Dream:

In those times the journey to Dera Ismail Khan was very tiring as there was no bridge over the Indus River parting Dera Ismail Khan from Derajat. Therefore, it was late into the night when the Syed family arrived near Dera Ismail Khan.

Sardar Abdullah Sadozai was the Ruler of Dera Ismail khan at that time and it was under his order that the city gates were closed upon after dusk. The northern gate “Nizam Gate” was the last to be closed each day. The Mansions for the ladies of the Sadozai tribe were also located near the Nizam Gate of Dera Ismail Khan. By the time the Syeds arrived near Dera Ismail Khan all of the city gates were already closed. The Syeds pleaded with the guards appointed at the gates that as there was danger for them to stay outside the city gates to let them inside; however, the guards were under strict orders to not let anybody inside the city after dusk and the Syed family had to stay outside the city walls for the night.

That night the Sadozai Sardar saw a dignified masked horseman riding a superb horse and addressed the Sardar in a commanding voice:

“O Abdullah whilst you sleep on the bed of comfort, the Sons of Prophet (SAW) wander the wilder outskirts of the city and are wide awake”.

Sardar Abdullah awoke anxiously and was unable to go back to sleep. He eventually got out of the mansion and went to the city gate to have it opened and have a look outside. Once the Syeds were found he inquired about them and asked who they were? Upon knowing that these are the Syeds—about whom he had just received the message in the dream—Sardar opened up the red carpet for the Syeds and humbly requested them to stay at the royal guesthouse.

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4). Migration from Derajat (Tiba Fazil Shah) to Dera Ismail Khan:

Syed Ameer Shah S/O (Son of) Hazrat Syed Fazil Shah—a monkish and dervish natured person—was at the pinnacle of knowledge and blessings. Syed Ameer shah had immense comprehension of the religious matters and was a Hafiz-e-Quran (a person who has memorized the Holy Quran). He spent most of his time worshiping Allah. He was blessed with five sons.

  1. Syed Wilayat Ali Shah was the eldest
  2. Syed Fateh Darya Shah was the second eldest
  3. Syed Qutab Ali Shah was the third eldest
  4. Syed Abbas Shah was the fourth eldest
  5. Syed Inayat Ali Shah was the youngest

Unfortunately, Syed Inayat Ali Shah did not live long and died at an early age.

It was revealed unto Syed Ameer Shah (Rematullah Aliha) to migrate to the city of Dera Ismail Khan in the Service of the Allah and serve Allah’s purpose though the preaching of Islam. Upon receiving the imperative Syed Ameer Shah sent his eldest son Syed Wilayat Ali Shah—an erudite scholar of the religion and a stable personality—along with his youngest son Syed Inayat Ali Shah to embark on a journey towards Dera Ismail Khan. Whereas,  Syed Fateh Darya Shah—a scholar, a hafiz-e-Quran, and an expert in the life history of the prophet Muhammad (SAW), and a pious man—was told to serve the community by spreading the word of Allah and helping the people have a better understanding of Islam while staying put at Tibba Fazil Shah. All of the descendents of Syed Fateh Darya Shah live within the vicinity of Tibba Fazil Shah to date. However, Syed Ameer Shah along with his two sons- Syed Wilayat Ali Shah and Syed Inayat Ali Shah- migrated to Dera Ismail Khan in 1838 AD ~ 1255 Hijri.

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3). Re-Marriage of Syed Talha Zinda Noori:

Syed Talha was a down to earth and highly spiritual man. He had extensive knowledge in the areas of mathematics, oneiromancy, health and fitness, and Fiqh. (religious); therefore, as a result people from near and far soon came to know Syed Talha’s personality. Meanwhile, a local Hindu chief who was also a large farmer visited Syed Talha for some spiritual guidance and prayers that were fulfilled very soon; thus impressing the chief immensely. The chief became a true follower of Syed Talha; accepted Islam along with his whole tribe and started to be in Syed Talha’s service most of the time. This service got the chief great respect from Syed Talha over time. Upon consistent display of willingness and request Syed Talha married his daughter. Syed Talha and this kind hearted woman bore two children; the elder son Syed Muhammad Aalam Shah died without any children and the younger son named Syed Himmat Ullah Shah lived out his natural life in this area with his family. Due to the relentless and persistant efforts of Syed Talha, Islam got properly introduced in this area and spread near and far. This chain continued to Syed Talha’s grandson Syed Inayat Ali Shah and his furthermore to Syed Inayat’s grandson Syed Fazil Shah. With the passage of time each new generation leader choose his own area apart from the central home base of Syed Talha to help branch out more, thus the original area where Syed Talha came and settled got named after him as “Tibba Talha Zinda Noori” where the area where Syed Fazil Shah anchored got named “Tibba Fazil Shah”.

After his arrival in Derajat Syed Talha kept in touch with his family in Batala as well and did even visit them from time to time. Even though these visits were rare but did prove to facilitate the update of the family trees on each end. These visits, marriages, and exchange of gifts are the primary reasons that the Syeds of Derajat were close to the Syeds of Bilot, Batala, and Uch Sharif for many many generations from Syed Talha to Syed Fazil till the later part of 1977.

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2). Reasons for Migration and Short History:

  1. Hazrat Syed Talha Zinda Noori Shah–a thorough Syed–got an excellent upbringing from the very beginning and went on to become a master and expert in religious as well as worldly school of thought.
  2. He first got married in Batala with a Syedda within the family and God bestowed two Sons upon him from this marriage. Billu Shah, the older son died at the age of seven whereas the younger son–Imam Shah–came of age and his family continued to live in Batala. At the time of migration Syed Talha Shah left behind his son Imam Shah with some respected women of the family in Batala.
  3. There are many reasons listed for Syed Talha’s migration; however, only the following two gained more credibility amongst the others.
    1. There was a Sikh in Batala who used to continuously insult Imam Ali. Syed Talha warned him multiple time overtime but to no avail so he killed the sikh and left Batala to come to “Derajat” which was a nomad land and a wilderness.
    2. The second credible reason for Syed Talha’s migration to Derajat is listed that when Goradhpour became a stronghold for Sikhs and they started to interfere with every walk of life. Batala was no different and the Muslims of the area felt the Sikh influence intensely. To make things worse one influential Sikh formed a group of eleven like-minded Sikh calligraphers for the sole purpose of damaging Islam. This group started to have regular sitting where these calligraphers intentionally prepared new copies of the Holy Quran with intentional and deliberate mistakes. Furthermore, after the preparation of these new Quranic volumes with merged boundaries of Halal and Haram and missing Quranic Ayas this group sold it in the market under value to gain circulation.
    3. Hazrat Syed Talha got instructed by God in his dream to take care of this situation. Syed Talha tried to make this group and its leader stop spreading such propaganda but the head sikh was blinded by his current status and power and therefore did not stop. Instead he went on insulting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and also cursed Syed Talha for trying to stopping him.
      Upon receiving God’s confirmation Syed Talha got rid of the head sikh and all of his eleven member group for good by killing them. After the beheading Syed Talha immediately got out of Batala on a horseback. The journey ended after several days when the horse stopped in a sandy and desert like area. Syed Talha took that as a sign from God and made that place his new home.

 

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1). The Arrival from Tehsil Batala, Zilla Goradhpour To Derajat Area:

 Hazrat Syed Talha Zinda Noori Naqvi Jalali-Al-Bukhari

Hazrat Syed Talha Zinda Noori Naqvi Jalali-Al-Bukhari initially settled in a desert like wilderness on the Panjgirain — Kaloorkot road located 3 1/2 kilometers north of Darya Khan. At the time this area was known as “Derajat”. Derajat was a desert wilderness consisting of high sand hills and was part of Dera Ismail Khan.