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  The tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai
by Faiza-Ifrah
 
 

Our introduction to Pakistan at the top of this page says that it has been a meeting place of 3 empires - the Mughal, the British and of Spirituality.

In order to experience Spirituality, one must visit a shrine of sufi saint where thousands of devotees come and pay homage to the mystics, who spread the message of Islam in a most peaceful way. It is said that its because of these sufi saints that the rural population of those areas which now constitute Pakistan converted to Islam from Hinduism between 11th to 19th centuries.

Most of the shrines are located in the two eastern provinces of Pakistan - Sindh and Punjab.

During our brief visit to Karach this summer, we traveled to Bhit Shah, about 200 kms (120 miles) from Karachi pass Hyderabad. There is a beautiful tomb of one of the most well known sufi saints of Pakistan - Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.

Our visit was more from an exploration point of view rather than religiously motivated. We were over-awed by the peoples' devotion to the late Sufi, the architecture of the tomb, of the building and of the adjacent mosque and the graveyard.

People wept at the tomb praying for healing of their near and dear ones and for other blessings. Surely, a number of people were fully convinced through their experience that prayers did not go unanswered.

The tomb is located in a complex that has a rest house, a library, conference hall and a museum.

Bhit Shah also has an ancient Buddhist stupa.

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  • Updated Jan 31, 2009
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