Exactly 27 years after the first verification a few mischievous people started demanding the proof of this family being the direct descendents of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This time around the children of Syed Gul Zaman Shah i.e. Syed Noor Hussain Shah, Syed Jalal Hussain Shah, and Syed Murid Hussain Shah were assigned with this task. The proof was presented on Sunday August 19th, 1895 (27 safar 1313) at “Bilot Sharif” at the office of Makhdoom Syed Chan Charagh shah son of Makhdoom Noor Zaman shah, in regards to Makhdoom Muhammad Abdusattar shah son of Makhdoom Syed Faraz shah son of Makhdoom Muhammad Haider Charagh shah and in presence of Abdul Majeed shah son of Ghulam Muhammad shah (Zakir Ahl-e-bait). It was at that point that the family tree was verified for the second time at the office and by Makhdoom Syed Chan Charagh shah, after being verified before on Wednesday, 19 August 1868 (4 Rabiulawwal 1285).
In 1853 Syed Inayat Ali Shah and Syed Ameer Shah permanently moved to the new mansion in Dera Ismail Khan. At the time of settling in Dera Ismail Khan the political and religious landscape had considerably changed and the minds and hearts of Dera’s residents had changed accordingly. The Syed’s were despondent at the end of Sadozai rule and the women of the Sadozai family did not wield the same power that they once used to.
When the Syeds came back to Dera (after the events in Darya Khan as mentioned in 13) some troublemaker Sadozai’s challenged the ancestry of the Syeds and asked to be shown proof whether they truly belonged to Syed family. The discussion about the legitimacy of the Syed ancestry went on long enough to where Syed Ameer Shah passed away without the resolution of this issue. After his death and burial at “Tibba Fazil Shah”, the legitimacy issues were brought front and center. Things regressed to the point that one day, a Sadozai Khan publically and openly confronted and challenged Syed Inayat Ali Shah about the legitimacy of his connection to the Syed ancestry while walking about one day.
Syed Inayat Ali Shah was unhappy at this confrontation and asked for the Syed Naqvi-Bukhari-Jalali ancestry tree, for confirmation, from fellow Syed relatives – the offspring of their and Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s progenitor – Syed Mohammad Shah Meeran Shah Mauj Darya. To further prove the lineage at Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s written request via mail Syed Nad Ali Shah, Syed Asghar Ali Shah, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Syed Jewa Shah, Syed Khair Shah—all descendents of Syed Zinda Talha Noori—residents of Lahore came to Dera Ismail Khan in person to attest to the matter.
On Wednesday August 19, 1868 at the office of Makhdoom Chan Charagh son of Makhdoom Noor Zaman Shah after attestations, verifications, and testimonials the family tree presented was authenticated. A month later on 29 Rabi-us-Saani, 1285 Hijri i.e. Tuesday 13 October, 1868 at a luncheon was arranged at the residence of the Nazim of Dera Ismail Khan Abdullah Khan Sadozai son of Hafiz Ahmed Khan Sadozai through Ghulam Rasool son of Abdul Hakim belonging to the race Saahi and a resident of Moza Chehkaan. At the end of the luncheon the authenticated family tree of the Syeds was presented to the Sadozai Khan who raised the most ruckuses. Immediately, upon satisfaction the said Sadozai khan apologized for his allegations and The Syeds was recognized as the direct descendents of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). It was then that the Syed Inayat Ali Shah accepted this apologies and the matter was then ended.
After construction of the mansion, Syed Ameer Shah and his son went to “Tibba(mound/hill) Fazil Shah” in Tehseel Darya Khan to meet and catch up with Fatah Darya Shah after a long time. They updated him on everything that had happened during the long absence between Syed Ameer Shah and Fatah Darya Shah. After a few days, on Syed Ameer Shah’s insistence Syed Inayat Shah re-married amongst the relatives of “Tibba(mound/hill) Fazal Shah”. From this second marriage, Syed Inayat Ali Shah had two sons from this marriage; Syed Gul Zaman Shah and Ameer Hussain Shah. Later on Ameer Hussain Shah had two daughters and no sons. Syed Gul Zaman Shah had three sons and it is the offspring of these three sons that currently resides in Dera. After the marriage, Syed Inayat Ali Shah returned and settled in the newly constructed mansion in Dera along with his father and family.
In addition to spreading Islam, Syed Ameer shah and Syed Inayat Ali Shah also had expertise is many other profession and areas especially medicine. This medical expertise resulted in an increased fortune while maintaining their primary goal of spreading the word of GOD. The Syeds’, akin to their ancestors, continued the tradition of maintain the ear of the rulers of their time and being part of the August halls of the government. Following in Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s footsteps, Syed Habib Ali Shah (s/o Syed Fazal Ali Shah, s/o Syed Ghulam Ali Shah, s/o Syed Sher Ali Shah, s/o Syed Noor Shah, s/o Syed Himmatullah Shah Mawali, s/o Syed Talha Zinda Noori) also settled in the “South Kachi Paind Khan” area of Dera. In 1870, some other elders including Syed Muhammad Ali Shah the real brother of Syed Fazal Ali Shah and Syed Wali Haider Shah also left “Tibba Fazil Shah” for Multan to find work. The offspring of these elders came to be known as “Multani branch”.
Fatah Darya Shah and some other Syeds remained on “Tibba Fazil Shah”
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.
- Saradar Abdullah Khan Sadozai has met his maker
- 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.
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.
A short time after the martyrdom of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah in 1844 AD an opulent Muslim took upon himself to construct a shrine for the great soul. After all the planning was done, this gentleman died before the construction ever actually started. Thereafter, his son decided to fulfill his father’s mission to start the construction and just like his father he died the night before the construction could commence. After a short while another local Muslim was able to construct the perimeter wall and the walls of the shrine; unfortunately, before he could complete the roof of the shrine he died as well following by the shrine walls as well as the perimeter walls plummeting by itself. Time passed and a fourth person decided to erect the shrine again and low and behold the second night after completing the construction this person dies as well following a repeat of the plummeting of the shrine as well as the perimeter wall.
It was after the fourth death that the natives of Hathala reported multiple dreams with Syed Wilayat Ali Shah stating
“Do not build the shrine perimeter or a roof over the shrine walls. This is the task assigned to my sons and they will be the one who will do so”.
Nobody had the courage to go against the will of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah and thus the people of Hathala gave up on the idea of building a perimeter wall or a roof over the shrine anymore. This state of open skies continued for a long 142 years.
After travelling for a day or so Syed Wilayat Ali Shah’s horse came to a stop and wouldn’t go any further. He understood the sign and decided to settle right there. This place was known as Hathala. Hathala is about 60 kilometers west from Dera Ismail Khan and is accessible through Tank road in Tehsil Kulachi. Although the names Batala and Hathala rhyme, they are not the taken as the same.
According to a folk lore when Syed Wilayat Ali Shah arrived at his destination he uttered the word “Batala”. The Saraiki speaking natives took that word and named that location Hathala. However, there is no written documentation to support this claim.
The place of residence of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah was towards the southwest outskirts of hathala city population. He started his preaching and started making acquaintances. Mostly people would come to him when they or someone they loved got sick so he could pray over them to get in Allah’s good graces. The word of his power of prayer and miraculous recoveries spread quickly and the heavily Hindu population started to convert to Islam. In a short period of five years all of hathala had accepted as their religion and most of the population became Syed Wilayat Ali Shah’s subjects.
Under the rapidly changing environment and religious landscape change, a few hardliner Hindus and Sikhs got together to plan the murder of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah. Disguised as robbers, they succeeded in martyring Syed Wilayat Ali Shah along with his horse in early 1844 AD ~ 1261 Hijri. The local natives, subjects, and disciples decided to bury him in Hathala. A shrine was built later in Syed Wilayat Ali Shah’s honor and to date people from nearby places come to visit the shrine for votive offerings and get blessed. It was due to this untimely death that there were no direct descendents of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah and neither did the natives know of any known family to send any news of his sad demise.
Back in Dera Ismail Khan, Syed Ameer Shah received the news of his son’s martyrdom through oneiromancy. After receiving the dream for third consecutive night Syed Ameer Shah understood that his beloved son has met his maker. He shared this news with his younger son Syed Inayat Ali Shah but neither of them knew the exact whereabouts of Syed Wilayat Ali Shah except that he travelled westwards of Dera Ismail Khan. In the later part of 1844 the demise of Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s wife struck the last straw and with a heavy heart both the father and son set out for the pilgrimage after selling the mansion and the garden.
Since the early years Syed Wilayat Ali Shah was into spirituality and had a religious inclination. He was a Hafiz-e-Quran and was skilled and knowledgeable on several fronts. He was mostly found lost in the brown study and loved being by himself. Later in 1839 Syed Wilayat Ali Shah received an annunciation to travel west of Dera Ismail Khan to spread the word of Allah and Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This annunciation was the primary reason for Syed Wilayat Ali Shah to turn down the marriage proposal of the niece of Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai. Soon after Syed Wilayat Ali Shah received the annunciation, he told his father seeking permission to leave Dera Ismail Khan and travel westwards to serve Islam. Syed Ameer Shah swiftly gave permission to Syed Wilayat Ali Shah. Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai gifted his personal horse to Syed Wilayat Ali Shah for his travels ahead.
As time passed Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai became quite enamored by the Syeds. Impressed from their ancestry, miracles, truthfulness of their promises and actions, and virtues Sardar Abdullah Khan showed interest in giving his brother’s daughter (niece) hand in marriage to the eldest son Syed Wilayat Ali Shah. Syed Wilayat Ali Shah was made aware of this proposal; however, due to his dervish lifestyle he respectfully turned this proposal down. The Sadozai Sardar kept insisting on converting this friendship into a consanguineous relationship (aside from the fact that his did not have a daughter). After several repeated advancements and rejections from Syed Wilayat Ali Shah, the Sadozai Sardar proposed that the next in line Syed Inayat Ali Shah be offered the same marriage proposal.
Eventually, under the instructions of Syed Ameer Shah, Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s wedding took place in the year 1843 AD ~ 1260 Hijri. Unfortunately, the Sadozai Lady passed away within a year in 1844 AD and Syed Inayat Ali Shah did not have any issue with her. Immediately after the passing away of his daughter-in-law, Syed Ameer Shah sold the mansion and the garden and started their journey to the pilgrimage towards Saudi Arabia on foot. At that time there were a lot of Sadozai suitors for the lady. When the Sadozai Sardar married her off outside of the Sadozai family many of the local Sadozai family members started to dislike the Syeds but kept quiet due to their leader i.e. Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai.
The next morning when the Sardar looked upon the luminescent faces of the Syeds in the court, he felt as if he had not given a deserving welcome to the graceful Syeds. To make up for the opportunity lost Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai offered the Syeds an extended stay at the royal guesthouse that lasted for almost a year.
During that stay the Sardar saw the piousness as well as the miracles performed by the Syeds and become deeply impressed by their personality and virtue. Furthermore, the ruler of Dera Ismail Khan Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai granted Syed Ameer Shah and his sons a garden with a water well which was approximately 20 kanals (5445 square foot) area in 1839 AD ~ 1256 Hijri. There was also a small house on the said property that was part of the grant. This house still exists just inside the “Kanairyan Gate” but there is no reminiscence of the garden any longer. Houses were constructed over time all around the Syeds house that ended up being the cause of the garden vanishing. In 1839 AD when Sardar Abdullah Khan Sadozai showed his generosity and hospitality towards the Syed household there were many within the Sadozai family who did not like this action and started to count the Syeds as their foe.