Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah and Hazrat Shamsuddin of Sial Sharif (R.A)
As mentioned earlier, Hazrat (R.A) used to occasionally visit Sial Sharif in the company of his teacher Maulvi Sultan Mehmood, to pay his respects to the latter’s Murshid (spiritual guide), Hazrat Khwaja Shamsuddin used to treat Hazrat (R.A) with special affection during these short visits. Due to this Hazrat decided to become a Murid (Disciple) of Hazrat Khwaja Shamsuddin. Soon after his return from Aligarh and Saharanpur, having completed his education, he traveled to Sial Sharif and took the Bait (pledge of Discipleship) at the hands of Hazrat Khwaja in the Chishtia Nizamiyah in the school of Tasawwuf. Although Hazrat was already a disciple of Hazrat Fazal din in the Qadriyah School, but preferred Silsila-
Hazrat Khwaja Shamsuddin (R.A) was born at Sial Sharif in 1214 A.H (1795-
Hazrat Khwaja Shamsuddin (R.A) ranked among the leading Khulafa (Deputies) of Hazrat Muhammad Sulaiman (R.A), the renowned Chishti saint of Taunsa Sharif in Dera Ghazi Khan District of the Punjab.
Grant of Khilafat (deputyship) to Hazrat by his Murshid
Cognizant of Hazrat’s special scholarly and spiritual attributes, his Murshid, Hazrat Khwaja Shamsuddin, had granted him a blanket permission for the performance of all the prescribed spiritual exercises and recitations, and for the enrollment of others as his disciples.
Hazrat Khwaja Sahib (R.A) gave particular attention to his spiritual training and advancement, and accorded him a treatment distinct from the common of his disciples and pupils. As a token of his special affection for Hazrat, he once arranged for Hazrat to take the pledge (bait) from a dervish in Sial Sharif, even though it was against established tradition for a disciple of Sial Sharif Shrine (i.e. Hazrat) to adopt others as disciple of his own while staying in the native place of his Murshid.
Hazrat’s devotion to his Murshid (Shaikh)
Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah Sahib (R.A) was exceedingly devoted to his Sheikh (spiritual guide), Khwaja Shams-
“The generosity of our Khwaja Shams-
Impact of Shaikh’s demise on Hazrat
The passing away of Hazrat Khwaja (R.A) caused immense emotional distress and intense sorrow to him. This led him, inline with the established Sufi practice, to seek “new pastures” for spiritual growth. He therefore temporarily gave up the teaching of formal religious sciences, and resorted to travels and wanderings in deserted places and lengthy spells of self-
Translation: “Exercise of imagination while being all by oneself is an evidence of imperfect love; The true meaning of solitude is that thou shouldst feel alone in the company of others”.
Since Hazrat Khwaja (R.A) of Sial Sharif had passed away only a short time earlier, Hazrat Pir Meher Ali Shah Sahib (R.A) was found in a state of extreme grief and emotional disquiet, and frequently in tears. In this condition, Hazrat could not carry on the teaching and thus the job was taken temporarily by the senior students until Hazrat was ready to take charge once again. This state of affairs continued for sometime and was followed by a long period of travels by Hazrat outside Golra. During this period, Hazrat used to remain away from home for months on without anyone knowing about his whereabouts. He would then suddenly come back, but after a brief stay would leave again for some other unknown destination, sometimes alone and at other times with a companion. In the beginning, these travels were confined to Lahore and some other cities of the Punjab province. Later, however, Hazrat directed his attention to places outside Punjab, and his first visit was then made to the Holy shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moin-