Shah Arafat Siddiqui
Situated in the Khan Sahib block of district Budgam, the shrine is associated with a famous sufi-
Hazrat Syed Sauleh Khan
[ علیہ رحمہ]
He gave Khansahib its name and fame
Our esteemed readers might be familiar with a place known as “Khansahib”, a sub division in central
Kashmir’s Budgam district, and an assembly constituency as well.
Khansahib village has been named after a great Islamic scholar, preacher and calligrapher Hazrat Sauleh
Khan (رحمہ علیہ (who made this area as his place of worship during the mid 17th century.
There was no human population in this area, as it consisted only of huge Karewas spread over hundreds
of acres of land. After the death of Hazrat Sauleh Khan (رحمہ علیہ (the place where this great scholar and
revered religious figure was buried came to be known as Khansahib.
Hazrat Sauleh رحمہ علیہ is also known as “KHANMOUL” among the locals. Hazrat Sauleh’s exact date of
birth is not known, but it is believed that he lived in Khansahib area of Budgam during the time of
Mughal emperor Jehangir. Hazrat Sauleh Khansahib رحمہ علیہ was born in Pakhla village located in
Manshera district of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province, presently located in Pakistan. His father’s name
was Ismail Khan sahib.
It is believed that at 5 Sauleh’s uncle, an influential man of Pakhla, wanted to adopt him as the little boy
was an extra ordinary child. Ismail Khansahib didn’t agree to his brother’s demands. When the former
exerted pressure on Ismail Khansahib, he left his village along with his son and travelled all the way to
Kashmir. After reaching Kashmir Ismail Khansahib took his son, Sauleh Khansahib to Baba Naseeb ud Din
Gazi ( رحمہ علیہ ,(a well- known scholar and preacher of Kashmir.
Both father and son stayed in the company of Naseeb ud Din Gazi for a year or so. Baba Naseeb granted
Ismail Khansahib permission to leave back to his village Pakhla, now in Pakistan. Ismail Khansahib kept
his son Sauleh in the company of Baba Naseeb, where, alongside spiritual guidance, he took lessons in
religion, and calligraphy for almost 13 years. It is believed that Hazrat Sauleh Khansahib meditated and
preached for many years in different parts of Kashmir.
The majority of his religious and spiritual work was undertaken in present Khansahib area of Budgam
and for some years Hazrat Sauleh Khansahib also gave his lessons on Islamic philosophy in Watal Kadal area of Srinagar’s old city. It is believed that Hazrat used to meditate in a cave located in Khansahib
village’ it is here that this great spiritual leader is laid to rest.
His stay at Katreshi wodder:
Hazrat Sauleh Khansahib رحمہ علیہ made a place in Katreshi Karewa (wodder) now known as Khansahib
his centre of worship and religious preaching. During his stay in this area, people began to visit him and
soon he became famous, and was widely known for his in-depth religious knowledge and wisdom.
Hazrat Sauleh Khansahib was a great calligrapher, and penned down a copy of Quran that is still present
with the local Auqaf Committee of Khansahib.
According to some locals of Khansahib area, Mughal emperor Jehangir is said to have visited Hazrat
Sauleh Khansahib when his wife was suffering from some skin ailment. She fully recovered after being
given spiritual and medical treatment by Hazrat Khansahib. “When Jehangir asked, what is it that
Khansahib wanted in return, he is said to have told Jehangir to abolish forced labour (Begaar).
“Begaar was abolished in Kashmir for many year during the reign of Jehangir”, It is believed that when
emperor Jehangir visited Khansahib it happened to be Friday, and from that particular day Friday
prayers began to be held in this village. Khansahib later-on became a central place of around 40 villages
located within its vicinity.
Ghulaman e Siddiqui Akbar International
Note: The opinion expressed in this publication is of the author, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Fast Kashmir.