Khanji Pheer Saheb: The Great Bohra Saint
Khanji Bhai Pheerji Bhai/ Khanji Pheer/khanjipeer was a spiritual and religious scholar and saint of Dawoodi Bohra Shia sect of Islam. He was born and brought up in Udaipur, though the date of his birth is not confirmed but it is believed to be in late 15th or early 16th century.
Dawoodi Bohras of Udaipur will remember their spiritual scholar and saint Khanji Pheer on 315th Urs (day of death) on 2nd Muharram 1432 Hijri which will fall on 8th December 2010. Because of the start of the month of Muharram which has its own religious significance as it is also the first month of Islamic Calendar, every year Urs is organized on 1st of Muharram. This year it is on 7th December 2010.
Khanji Bhai Pheerji Bhai/ Khanji Pheer/khanjipeer was a spiritual and religious scholar and saint of Dawoodi Bohra Shia sect of Islam. He was born and brought up in Udaipur, though the date of his birth is not confirmed but it is believed to be in late 15th or early 16th century. Family of Khanji Pheer settled in Udaipur, coming from Gujarat in somewhere soon after the historic date of Udaipur’s establishment by Maharana Uday Singh.
Khanji Pheer’s father’s name was Pheer ji Saheb and mother was Mana Gori Bai. Khanji Pheer had spent his early childhood in an area now named as Khanpura(choti Boharwadi) after the name of Khanji Pheer. It is located in the heart of Udaipur’s old city area. Khanji Pheer had a son named Ali Bhai whose early death made Khanji Pheer deeply touched and he kept himself detached from worldly affairs for rest of his life.
He was awarded with the title of Saheb-e-Hiqmatul-Marefat (master of religious philosophy and mysticism) because of his incredible knowledge in spirituality. He was religious teacher of 7 Bohra Dais( Spiritual Leaders). Khanji Pheer had stayed in Ahmedabad for 30 years to take higher education in Islamic philosophy, jurisprudence and history.
Khanji Pheer died on 2 of Muharram 1117 Hijri that is 1695 AD.
The beautiful Shrine (dargah) of Khanji Pheer is constructed in Bohra Cemetery; historical books says that the gold carved plate above his shrine is written by another great Bohra saint Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin of Burhanpur (M.P)
The day of his urs is remembered by community gathering, religious sermons followed by prayers.On the eve of Urs, large number of Bohras gathered to pay their honor to Khanji Pheer at his shrine. Udaipur has estimated 15000 Dawoodi Bohras.
information courtesy: Mulla Faiyaz Hussain Wafa