Waris Ali Shah

Waris Ali Shah (1817–1905) was a Sufi saint from Dewa, Barabanki, India, and the founder of the Warsi Sufi order. He traveled to many places specially Europe and the west and admitted people to his spiritual order. He belongs to the 26th generation of Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s [2] His shrine is at Dewa, India.[3][4]

Waris Ali Shah
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Dargah of Haji Waris Ali Shah in Dewa, Barabanki, India.
TitleImam-ul-Aulia, Ashraful Alameen, Waris-e-Panjtan, Aalam Panaah Waris
Mitthan Miya.[1]

16 July 1817 AD / 1 Ramzan ul Mubarak, 1232 Hijri
Died7 April 1905 AD /1 safar , 1323 Hijri
Dewa, Barabanki, India
Resting placeDewa, Barabanki, India
EraEarly 19th century
DenominationIshq, (Sufi)


In the book "Islamic Review and Muslim India", (Kraus Reprint, 1971) it was mentioned that Waris Ali Shah had lived his life as the Christ lived.[5]


His father was Qurban Ali Shah, whose tomb is in Dewa.[6]

At an early age Shah showed an inclination for a religious life.[7]

Social engagementsEdit

He went to Mecca for pilgrimage many times.[8] During his travels in Europe, he visited the Sultan of Turkey[clarification needed] and Otto von Bismarck in Berlin.[2] He also traveled to England and had an audience with Queen Victoria.[8]

He was a friend of Abdul Bari.[9]


He died on 5 April 1905 (29 Muharram 1323 AH).[10]

Sufi orderEdit

Waris Ali Shah belonged to the Qadiriyya order of Sufism.[11] He had a liberal view and permitted his followers to follow Sufism and names may not be changed in case of one has accepted Islam.[2]

As a boy, Shah attached himself to Khadim Ali Shah, a Dervish of Golaganj, Lucknow, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, and remained with the latter until his death in 1832–33 when Shah was 16 years old.[12]

His disciplesEdit

He had followers from several faiths.[13]

  • Bedam Shah Warsi (Khusron)[14]
  • Ghulam Muhammad (governor general of Pakistan)[15]
  • Sultan Abdul Majed[16]
  • Hakeem Safdar Ali Warisi (Mahajan Title given by Haji Saheb) writer of Jalwaye Waris[17] (Migrate from Gadia to Bahraich on Haji Saheb's order. His Grand Son Izhar Warsi is prominent poet of Urdu.[18])
  • Thakur Pancham Singh.[19]
  • Zamindar Dt. Mainpuri.
  • Raja Udyat Narayan Sing (Suratgunj, Oudh).[20]
  • Baboo Moti Misser (Bhagalpur).
  • Thakur Grur Mohan Singh, Zamindar (Bhagalpur).
  • Baba Sufi Syed Diwana Shah Warsi [21] first khalifa (roohani) and nephew(Jagatdal,West Bengal).
  • Sadaf Jabbar Fazihat.
  • Shah Abdul Ad Shah.
  • Maulana Mohammad Shah.
  • Mustaqim Shah.[13]
  • Faizu Shah
  • Rahim Shah
  • Hafiz Pyaari
  • Shakir Shah
  • Avghat Shah[22]
  • Maroof Shah
  • Noorkarim Shah
  • Siddiq Shah (Amethi Sultanpur U.P India
  • Sai Baba of Shirdi
  • Bangali Shah(Kolkata India)
  • Sandal Shah (Kolkata India)
  • Mushir Husain Qidwai of Gadia, a zamindar, barrister and pan-Islamist politician from Barabanki.[9]
  • Badnam Shah
  • Khuda Bakhsh Sheikh was a follower of Waris Ali Shah. He collected the sayings of his spiritual guide Malfūzāt-i-Hāji Wāris 'Ali Shāh.[3] His book, Tohmat-ul-Asfiya, is the biography of Waris Ali Shah.[23]
  • Haseen Shah warsi
  • Bekarar Shah Warsi[24]
  • Warsi Ghulam Mohammad Mallah[citation needed]

Death anniversaryEdit

Shah’s father's death anniversary, locally known as Dewa Mela, is observed in October–November and is attended by nearly a million Muslims and Hindus.[8][25][26][27]

Shah reportedly started this event in memory of his own father, Qurban Ali Shah. Another annual fair is held in Shah’s tomb on 1 Safar.[28][29]

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b c Hasan, Masoodul (2007). Sufism and English literature : Chaucer to the present age : echoes and images. New Delhi, India: Adam Publishers & Distributors. pp. 5, 183. ISBN 9788174355232.
  3. ^ a b Hadi, Nabi (1994). Dictionary of Indo-Persian literature. Janpath, New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. p. 554. ISBN 9788170173113.
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  5. ^ Islamic Review and Muslim India. Kraus Reprint. 1971.
  6. ^ All India Reporter, Volume 4, Part 5. D.V. Chitaley. 1917. pp. 81, 85, 87.
  7. ^ All India Reporter, Volume 4, Part 5. D.V. Chitaley. 1917. p. 81.
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  11. ^ Mountain Path, Volume 19. Sri Ramanasramam. 1982. pp. 20, 21.
  12. ^ S. D., Chaudhri (1917). Indian Cases: Containing Full Reports of Decisions of the Privy Council, the High Courts of Allahabad, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Patna, the Chief Courts of Lower Burma and the Punjab, the Courts of the Judicial Commissioners of Central Provinces, Oudh, Sind and Upper Burma, Reported in ... 25 Legal Periodicals ... with a Large Number of Extra Rulings Not Reported Elsewhere, Volume 40. Great Britain Privy Council Judicial Committee, India Courts: The manager, at the "Law publishing press". p. 102.
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  21. ^ Sufinama
  22. ^ Rekhta
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