DARGAH OF SAWAL PEER
Alhaj Syed Md. Saifullah, Retired I.A.A.S. (BULBUL DEDA)
Guwahati email:: saifullahsyedmd
SHORT LIFE HISTORY OF SAWAL PEER SAHIB[R]:
As per a Zikir, Azan Pir was in Assam around the year 1635. From this, Sawal Pir's arrival in Assam can also be determined.
Ahom king had witnessed the miraculous powers of Azan Pir. He, therefore, tried to ascertain the genuineness of Sawal Pir?s profession by knowing whether he possessed similar powers. He put Sawal Pir(R) to three tests(ref Nila Gohain). One, to cross the Dikhow river on foot, without a boat. Two, to withstand three poisoned arrows shot at his hands and feet. Three, to remain for a week buried underground without access to water or air. Sawal Pir (R) passed all three tests. The king was highly impressed and he donated a big piece of land, near the place where he was buried for a week, for his residence. A princess was also given in marriage to him and a pond was constructed nearby in honour of the princess. The name of the princess was Khenduri Konwari [or Henduri Konwari] and the pond is still called Khenduri Pukhuri(Henduri Pukhuri).
After his burial for a week when he was brought overground, SawalPir was alive and well but he kept his eyes shut. He told the kings men to move his head to face uninhabited areas. And when he opened his eyes, his anger (at being kept underground) burst forth from his eyes in the form of rays that burnt down a sugarcane plantation that stood in front of him. From that time onward the sugarcane that grew on that land appeared as half burnt. The descendants of the Pir have been called Kuhiarbarias(or sugarcane people) for commemorating this miraculous event.
The real name of Sawal Pir(R) was Ali Masum. Once, while he was a grown-up child, he turned himself to a baby for sometime, in order to teach a lesson to his mother. So he was popularly known as 'Sawal Pir' as Sawal means a baby in Assamese.
The grave of this saint with miraculous powers lies in Ramugaon near Simaluguri of Sibsagar district. For decades the grave has been well protected by neighbouring villagers, all Hindus. They respect itand get results. And other Muslims, who visit his Mazar get miraculous benefits. I know two definite instances. The conservation and improvement of the Mazar has recently been undertaken by a committee headed by Syed Imran Hussain of Borbheta, Jorhat. After great efforts land for the access road has been purchased. This is a big achievement. But the road has to be built on the land. A well has to be dug. A wall has to be erected. A regular Khadim has to be appointed with monthly salary. All this requires considerable funds. Recently Dr. Syed Iftikhar Ahmed has generously promised to finance the entire cost of building a small two-room RCC structure: one room for the Khadim and the other one for use by visitors. A big portion of the required fund has already been paid. Those, especially those who are residing outside Assam, who wish to donate funds may contact Mr Syed Imran Hussain on 9854022719.
I saw our silsila for the first time in the hands of my father. Its a hand written piece in Assamese. Than laal borboba took it from my father and laal borboba even went to the graves of our forefathers in Delhi. One such grave is situated next to the grave of Hazrat Amir Khusru (RA) at the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin aulia(RA) Delhi. Than this silsila is typed in English by Nasim keka (USA). I had the privilege of having one of nasim kaas english copies still with me.
SILSILA Contributed By Syed Sayeedur Rahman (SAYEED MAMA),Guwahati email: email@example.com. DATA FURTHER SUPPLIED BY SYED MANUAR ALI[JEWAL], GOLAGHAT]
KUHIARBARIA SILSILA(GENEALOGY): [RELATED TO SAWAL PEER SAHEB, SIMALUGURI,SIVSAGAR,ASSAM]
HAZRAT ALI KARAMULLAHI ANHU SAUDI ARAB
AMANULLAH(ALIM)-SON-SYED MUHEEYUDDIN ARSHEE.
MOHSIN-SON- SYED FAHEEM AHMAD ZAID