Shawal 16/17 is the urs of Hazrat Sufi Ghoush Mohammed Sattari alais Sufi Irshad Abbas father of current Sujjada Nashin Sufi Attaullah Sattari.
Sufi Irshad Abbas were born on 27th of Jamadulsani, on the urs of Sufi Fazalullah Shah alais Shah Qalander Data Pir. Therefore Sufi Maqdoum Ali Akbar Shah named them ‘Qalander Baksh’. They were born premature therefore were very weak. Hazrat Sufi Abdul Sattar Shah Sani their father were not present at dargah that day , when they returned, gave a second name Shahabudin alais Irshad Abbas.
They were born premature . Therefore were very weak , could not talk until age of three even then their speech was impaired until the age of 13, and did not start to walk until age of 6. Many doctors were consulted. In Hyderabad there was a German doctor, Sufi Abdul Sattar took their son to him for treatment. The doctor said “ this child is not going to improve, he will not be able to take care of family , he will not be able to feed, he will not be able to have kids”. This report was very heartbreaking to Sufi Abdul Sattar . They consulted Hakim Ajmal Khan and Sayed Muharam Kamil Shah Sayedpuri. Sufi Irshad Abbas had reached age of10 years. Hakim Sahib said “Allah is almighty , everything will be better and this child will improve”. The treatment started , even Sufi Makhdoum Ali Akhbar Shah were talented hakim , they also did the treatment. At the age of 12 they were walking, and took admission in primary school at dargah at the age of 13. Till 5th grade studied at dargah and took admission at Mirpur Batoro School in A.V classes, and studied there for 5 years. Because of some physical weakness which still existed, could not continue . For 1 1/2 year just stayed at home and then their father arranged for a private tutor.
Tutor was Bachumal from Kanghora district Digri. He was dargah mureed but a strict Hindu. He was very tough, had no tolerance and would physically abuse at small mistakes. This tutor is now residing in India and living in hardship. There was a servant namely Gulam Hussein Wasan, once he saw tutor beating up on Sufi Irshad Abbas and complained to Sufi Abdul Sattar and urged them to give this duty to him. This servant was very humorous , would tell jokes and made Sufi Irshad Abbas laugh. Sufi Irshad Abbas were very talented in art and writing kalaams. They colored their father's picture and many other which are posted on this website. A very Interesting incident was told by an elderly relative. During the war of 1971 December between Pakistan and India , many families took refuge at dargah Sharif. Her family was also one of them. One day she enters the room where Sahib Karim Sufi Irshad Abbas were trying to paint the windows black for the ‘blackout’ ordinance during war. The paint was so thin that it was running down to floor. She quoted “I was thinking what do ‘fakirs’ know about paint and brushes”. Sahib Karim called her ,though she had not uttered a word, and showed her their artwork. She felt ashamed and regretful at her thoughts.
Sahib Karim have written many beautiful kalaams, some of which have been sung by Shafi of Umerkot.
Dil Ahey Ari Tu saan Yaar Sanam
December 2nd 1961,24th of Jamadulsani their father Sufi Sufi Abdul Sattar Shah Sani departed this mortal world. On 5th December 1961 in their room in the presence of Haji Ali Qutub and other brothern community from Tajaal Sharif , Sufi Irshad Abbas were crowned to the ‘Turban’ as Sujjada Nashin. The formal ceremony for the ‘Fukra’(mureeds) was performed in the next annual urs of Shah Shaheed.
In many kacharis current Sujjada Nashin Sahib Karim Sufi Attaullah Sattari have briefed on life incidents of their father. Once an old lady was sick but she was not dying as she was very emotionally attached to money. She was suffering but her soul would not depart, her family members came to Hazrat Sufi Irshad Abbas and asked for advise and prayer. Sahib Karim Sufi Attaullah said they were present at that time . Sahib Karim’s father advised take a empty tin canister and put broken porcelain pieces in it, shake it at the bedside of lady. Sahib Karim said “ I also went along with the family members, and sure enough when the canister was shaked , at the rattling sound, the soul of the woman departed and she died”. The sound of broken porcelain pieces was same as money rattling. One must never have attachment to any worldly substances or relations.
Sahib Karim mentioned , their father advised, there will be times that if a mureed walking on other side of street wishes salams, consider it a honor. As the recognization of ‘murshid’ is diminishing.
Sahib Karim Sufi Attaullah Sattari were very close to their father . They had not missed one single briefing of their father. Hazrat Sahib Sufi Irshad Abbas were diabetic, on 15th of Shawal 1394H , November 1st 1974 ,they fell ill and were taken to Karachi. Sahib Karim wanted to accompany them but as being the monthly urs of ‘satreen’ (17th) they had to stay back , their father consoled them “don't worry insha Allah in any condition I will be back tomorrow”. Sahib Karim said in a very heavy hearted voice “Yes! They returned the next day in a condition that left us in no condition”.
Hazrat Sufi Ghoush Mohammed Sattari alais Sufi Irshad Abbas left this mortal world on November 2, 1974AD– 16th of Shawal 1394H. They are buried on an enclosed private ground alongside with their father Hazrat Sufi Abdul Sattar Shah Sani and their mother Jiji Ama.