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EEO. 2020; 19(4): 3765-3773


RELIGIO-CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SUFI SAINTS ON THE SOCIETY OF SHEIKHUPURA

Dr. Qurat ul Ain Bashir, Dr. Ramzan Shahid, Saima Anwar, Ruqia Bibi.

Abstract
Sufis played a significant role in the spread of Islam and promoting Islamic culture in Sheikhupura. By giving the example of their own life they spread Islam and changed the belief system and way of life of the local population. Due to their efforts for society, and miracles, they are still alive in the hearts of the people. This study is comprised of the two major Sufi Saints i.e., Syed Waris Shah and Mian Sher Muhammad Sharaqpuri. The shrine of Syed Waris Shah is located a little outside of the city in a village Jindiyala Sher Khan. The Shrine of Main Sher Muhammad is situated in Sharaqpur Sharif also little outside of Sheikhupura. This paper aims to find out the role and impact of these saints in preaching Islam and their impact on the theological and cultural conditions of the people of Sheikhupura. To search the influence of Sufism on theological and societal conditions, data is gathered with the help of questionnaires, and interviews apropos to the belief system and activities performed by the devotees at these two shrines. Outcomes have been drawn from the data via using SPSS. The shrines of these Sufi Saints are the center of visitation. People have a strong belief in the Sufi blessing. They believe that the Sufi Saints can respond to their wishes or vows after death too. People or devotees visit Shrines for spiritual comforts or attaining wishes etc., and perform many rituals or practices after the attainment of these spiritual blessings.

Key words: Islam, Shrine, Sufism, Sheikhupura



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