A brief history of Karbala Gamay Shah
By: Nasir Shah
Courtesy: Daily Times
Every one has heard of Karbala Gamay Shah, the famous
imambargah in Lahore – heart of Pakistan -, but very few people know
why it is called Karbala Gamay Shah.
Although ‘Karbala’ is the name of the plain where Grandson of Holy
Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SW), Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) was martyred,
here the word signifies a place of mourning where people assemble in
‘Gamay Shah’ is the epithet of Hazrat Baba Syed Ghulam Ali Shah.
According to a leaflet distributed at Karbala Gamay Shah during
Muharram, Hazrat Baba Syed Ghulam Ali Shah was buried at the place
presently known as Karbala Gamay Shah. The Qazalbash family purchased
the land where Hazrat Baba Gamay Shah was buried and built an
Baba Gamay Shah was a Sufi who lived during the reign of Maharaja
Ranjit Singh at the beginning of the 18th century. He remained
celibate all his life.
Baba Gamay Shah selected the place presently known as Karbala Gamay
Shah for his spiritual practices. Always attired in black, Baba Gamay
Shah was known for his incessant mourning for the Ahle Bait (AS),
descendants of Prophet Muhammad (SW). A zarih of Hazrat Imam Hussain
(AS) has also been fixed next to the grave place of Baba Gamay Shah.
During Muharram, one of the country’s largest processions, the Nisar
Haveli procession of Mochi Gate, which begins on the midnight of
Muharram 8, makes its way to Gamay Shah, along with all other such
processions from the city, on the eve of Muharram 10.
On Safar 20, a chehlum procession - forty days after Hazrat Imam
Hussain (AS)’s martyrdom, makes its way from Haveli Alif Shaheeyan in
Mochi Gate, ending at Karbala Gamay Shah.
Husseini mourning end on Rabiul Awal 8 with a procession that
originates from an imambargah in Islampura, concluding at Karbala
Processions have been held here since the colonial period, when Gamay
Shah began walking around the Walled City, holding a taziah in his
hands and mourning for the martyrs of Karbala.
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