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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.

10). Shrine & Perimeter Walls’ repeated collapse:

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.