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A three-day long festival marking the 973rd Urs [religious/sufi gathering] of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, began on Saturday in Lahore.

Federal Minister for Finance and Chairman Data Darbar Religious Affairs Committee Ishaq Dar inaugurated the Urs by laying a chaddar [Shawl] at the shrine.

During the festival the shrine is lit with candles and lights, donated food is prepared for the people, sufis perform dhamal [ritual dance] and musicians play music for hours.

Hundreds of mashaikh, religious scholars and sufis are participating in the Urs. The distribution of 'sabeel' started at 11:30 am.

Data Ganj Bakhsh was a Persian sufi and scholar during the 11th century. He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan (990 AD) during the Ghaznavid Empire and settled and died in Lahore spreading Islam in South Asia.

Sufis dance outside the Data Darbar during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
Sufis dance outside the Data Darbar during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
Sufi followers light incense and candles at shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
Sufi followers light incense and candles at shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
A sufi dances outside the Data Darbar complex which contains the shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.— AFP
A sufi dances outside the Data Darbar complex which contains the shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.— AFP
Sufi followers light incense and candles at shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
Sufi followers light incense and candles at shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, during the three-day annual 'Urs'.─AFP
Sufis blow horns outside the Data Darbar. — AFP
Sufis blow horns outside the Data Darbar. — AFP
Sufi followers gather at the Data Darbar complex which contains the shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.─AFP
Sufi followers gather at the Data Darbar complex which contains the shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.─AFP
Sufis blow horns outside the Data Darbar to pay homage to Data Ganj Bakhsh.─AFP
Sufis blow horns outside the Data Darbar to pay homage to Data Ganj Bakhsh.─AFP

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Adil Jadoon Nov 20, 2016 02:06am

Self serving druggies and addicts, not sufis!

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Haider Nov 20, 2016 06:50am

and all of this was not what the sufi buzurg preached.

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majid Nov 20, 2016 07:38am

Beautiful / colourful,,, Data hajveri is one of the greatest saints of sub continent

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Sachin Nov 20, 2016 08:25am

Beautiful... My heart is there.

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Ali Nov 20, 2016 10:39am

Adil Jadoon, who are you to judge how far these people are in their spiritual paths?

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bipin Nov 20, 2016 11:22am

@Adil Jadoon arent they better than suciding terrorists

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Vague Buster Nov 20, 2016 11:55am

@Ali everybody can see the cigarettes and noorani face of these sufis

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Nasir Nov 20, 2016 03:49pm

@bipin: No they are not better than suicide bombers. Watching them following them feeding them give birth to suicide bombers. Ignorance, ill education, fanatisism is what follows attending this kind of Urs and visiting and praying at shrines for wealth and health brings more misery to ordinary life. Three days wasted in loss of earnings to feed the family.

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Nasir Nov 20, 2016 04:12pm

@maji: Beautiful / colourful it may be but the dead and living saints will not approve of such drug taking smoking celebrations that lead to more drug addicts and crimes of thugery and theft, misery and desruction pf family life.

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Nasir Nov 20, 2016 04:27pm

@Ali: So you know the spiritual path Ali. Can you please explain what is that spiritual path and do you follow it, sir?

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sohail Nov 21, 2016 09:29am

I think it is easier to point fingers at others. The difference of opinion is good as long as it does not step in to the realm of attacking on the belief of another one. My take on these pictures is that there is much more happening on this URS than shown here in these pictures, even though its a good effort.

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Farouq Omaro Nov 21, 2016 12:08pm

Nice

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HXKHALID Nov 21, 2016 05:11pm

@Ali see its complicated either you are practicing sharia or you are staying neutral in your supreme Ishq, can't explain it here.

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khanm Nov 21, 2016 05:15pm

Sufism has nothing to do with religion... Folks our prophet lived a life of a normal human being... he raised his family, he worked as a merchant, he worked as commander, as a ruler, fulfilled his obligation as a husband as a father... he never kept himself aloof from the wordily duties... please dont dont get me wrong i am by no means against Sufism.... what ever makes you happy.... who am i to say anything or judge....

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Ijaz Nov 21, 2016 06:32pm

@Nasir Wooaah! You are one angry dude!

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indian muslim Nov 21, 2016 08:57pm

@khanm Well said.

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Imtiaz ali khan Nov 21, 2016 11:08pm

@khanm Nice.

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Khwarezmi Nov 22, 2016 07:03am

My forefather Syed Abdullah bin Muhammad Khwarezmi came to Multan just before Data Sahib one thousand years ago, 27 generations ago. Data Sahib wrote about Syed Abdullah bin Muhammad Khwarezmi's grandfather Syed Ali Mastana Khuda in one of his books.

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Dr.Cajetan Coelho Nov 22, 2016 12:38pm

Sufi spirituality promotes simple living and high thinking.

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