Uch Sharif


Uch, 75 km from Bahawalpur, is a very old town. It is believed that it existed even in 500 B.C. Some historians believe that Uch was there even before the advent of Bikramajit when Jains and Buddhists ruled over the sub-continent. At the time of the invasion by Alexander the Great, Uch was under Hindu rule. Some historians say that Alexander came to Uch after conquering northern parts of India and spent over a fortnight in the city and renamed it Alexandria. Some have mentioned Uch by the name of Sikandara or Iskalanda. They have described it as the most flourishing and beautiful town perched upon the plateau near the confluence of the Chenab and Ravi rivers. Famous shrines existing at Uch include those of Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari, Makhdoom Jahanian Jehangasht, Bibi Jawandi and Shaikh Saifuddin Ghazrooni etc.

Uch is small town today and divided into three different quarters known as (i) Uch Bukhari, after Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin Bukhari Surkhposh, (ii) Uch Jilani, after the name of Hazrat Shaikh Mohammed Ghaus Qadri Jilani (Bandagi), who came from Halab in 887 A.H., and (iii) Uch Mughlan after the Mughal rulers.

Makhdoom Sahib of Uch Bukhari has some rare Islamic relics in his possession e.g., (i) turban of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.), (ii) a mantle of Prophet (p.b.u.h.), (iii) 'Samsan' (Sword) of Hazrat Imam Hasan, (iv) a cap and turban of Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad and (v) mantle of Hazrat Salman Farsi.

Makhdoom Sahib Uch Jilani is the custodian of (i)  Holy Prophet's footprints (ii) a few chapters of the Holy Quran written by Hazrat Imam Hussain and (iii) a tooth of Hazrat Awais Qarni.