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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.

7). Syed Inayat Ali Shah’s first marriage & departure for pilgrimage:

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.

6). Ruler of Dera Ismail Khan’s Hospitality and Gifting of Mansion and Well:

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.

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.