"If I interpret love for all time, A hundred resurrections will pass; And yet my commentary will not end" - Sachal Sarmast

Abdul Wahab, fondly known by his disciples as Sachal Sarmast, (intoxicated man of god and truth) was born in 1739 in a village called Daraza in Khairpur. He spread the message of divine love through his poetry, which embodied the principles of mysticism and according to him was 'divine' inspiration.

He was fond of ‘sama’ (music) and would always be found absorbed in meditation. He wrote his poetry in seven languages, including Sindhi, Seraiki and Persian, and earned titles from his devotees like Haft-i-Zuban Shair (the poet of seven languages) and Sartaj-us-Shuara. There are nine compilations of his Persian poetry, notably the Diwan-i-Ashkar and Dard Nama, which consist of mainly philosophical verses. However, it is his Sindhi and Seraiki work that is celebrated the most.

He was an ascetic and lived to the age of 90 years. He passed away on Ramazan 1829 AD and his belongings were buried alongside the graves of his father, grandfather, uncle and cousins in the mausoleum later on built by Mir Rustam Khan Talpur, the ruler of Khairpur.

"Where crowds are, there I am not", said Sachal Sarmast. Each year in Ramazan, though, thousands of people gather at his shrine in Daraza for his Urs.

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Pak Rat
Aug 21, 2014 06:13pm

Thing of beauty is joy forever.

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vijay
Aug 21, 2014 06:48pm

The pictures and the detail contained therein are simply breathtaking. THANK YOU!

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Indian
Aug 21, 2014 07:51pm

Where is this Beautiful Monument?

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Indian
Aug 21, 2014 07:57pm

Ufff... What a beautiful shrine ... you made my morning ... Thank you.

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Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Aug 21, 2014 08:06pm

Long live the memory of Sufi Sachal Sarmast. Lovely pictures. Thanks.

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Ramesh krishnan
Aug 21, 2014 08:19pm

So beautiful..!!!!! it should be declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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saraz
Aug 21, 2014 08:53pm

There is no other Beloved, There is only what I see everyday! I was sitting by the roadside, When the path became clear to me; In the palace the Beloved I saw, a glimpse the Beauty gave; Through the window was the vision, a glimpse the Beauty saw; Take care of the ignorant; Our bond was made for a reason. I truly recognized the Lord, My companion He sure became;

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Shah
Aug 21, 2014 10:06pm

Fantastic Pakistani architecture enveloped in time!

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Pakistani
Aug 22, 2014 01:12am

@Indian It's in Sindh province.

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pakistani
Aug 22, 2014 03:22am

He was famous poet as well The poet of seven languages.

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surinder kade
Aug 22, 2014 05:27am

Let us bring Sufi preacher back and all the religious problem will be taken care off. Surinder Singh Kade

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Sare Jahan Se Achha
Aug 22, 2014 05:50am

"Magnificent" is the word...

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Tamilselvan
Aug 23, 2014 05:35am

@saraz thank you for the translation and the wordings seem to be from some prayers from Alwars of South India but human nature us one and this Sachal Sarmat must be a true devotee of his Lord

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Murtaza kalair
Aug 23, 2014 08:31am

Very Very Beautiful and nice Photogrphy

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Siva D
Aug 24, 2014 08:50pm

What a beauty, thank you DAWN!

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sam
Aug 25, 2014 02:18pm

Beautiful photos. Does Shameen Khan have a website? Would love for this collection to be on an Architecture forum wev created.

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Nasreen Jafar
Aug 25, 2014 08:30pm

Brilliant photography!

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Kabir
Aug 26, 2014 01:04pm

"Where crowds are, there I am not", said Sachal Sarmast. Each year in Ramazan, though, thousands of people gather at his shrine in Daraza for his Urs. Unfortunately you'll find lots of intoxicated(Sarmasts) and very few truthful (Sachals) there.........!!!! the real message of Sachal is lost somewhere!!!!!!

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Rehan
Aug 26, 2014 07:47pm

This is the Islam I know.

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Sudhir Navjot
Aug 26, 2014 10:07pm

Astonishing! Pakistan is a land to be discovered!! Love from Ludhiana :)

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Urooj Saifi
Aug 27, 2014 07:04am

The shrine is in Daraza Village, Ranipur, Khairpur District in Sindh Province. Khairpur can be a haven for tourists if Sindh Tourism department shows some interest - its full of history and culture and beautiful architecture.

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iqbal carrim
Aug 27, 2014 12:05pm

Many shrines attract musicians and money. Take a look at the 4th photo.

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