20. The Sheikh of Bahawalpur

bahawalpur strada

 

We proceeded until Allahabad where is buried the Sufi sheikh who was our friend. When we were young he had much love for us mystic and new Muslim youngsters. It is a long time that I had the desire to pray for his soul on his grave.

 

bahawalpur strada2

 

After six hours travelling through arid landscapes of wildness and deserts, we arrived in a small perfumed oasis, the Mazar of our friend Captain Wahid Baksh Sial Rabbani, The Sheikh of Bahawalpur.

 

bahawalpur mazare

 

The trees that surround the Mazar are flowering and the perfume that impregnates the atmosphere is delightful.

 

bahawalpur fiori

 

There is so much vegetation and so much peace, the place is wonderful.

 

bahawalpur mazare2

 

We recited Surah Yasin for the Sheikh, as is customary to do for friends and relatives who have passed away.
Although I was not one of his disciples, I always felt that he loved me like his son and he has always treated me as such. Until now his love and his behaviour are often for me a fount of inspiration for doing the right thing.

 

Yasin

 

To the mazar people also come for their daily prayers in the contiguous mosque, and the children come for learning how to read the Quran in Arabic.

 

bahawalpur bimbo

 

The son of the Sheikh has brought us some food and on our way back we stopped by his sister to give her the rose perfumes that I had brought for her from Italy.

 

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