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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.

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.