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Tourism: Seven Saints of Bukhara

Bukhara has historically been home to many outstanding thinkers, scientists, theologians, poets. The holy Bukhara province boasts seven saints. They are in demand today among lovers of pilgrimage tourism.

Normally, according to specialists of the travel agency ANUR TUR, the journey begins with the grave of Sheikh Abdul Abdukhalik Gijduvani, who founded the school of Central Asian Sufism. He always adhered to the rule that every imam must necessarily own some kind of craft. Not far from Dahma of Gijduvani is the Madrassah of Ulugbek, next to which there is a new mosque where pilgrims can pray.

Then tourists can visit the tomb of Muhammad Arif Ar Revgari, who very early took the path of Sufism, and at the age of 19 already taught philosophy. His manuscripts Nafahat ul-uns and Arifnoma are the only written testimonies about the life of the famous Sufi. Having read those sources it becomes clear that Khoja Arif Revgari was considered one of the most deserving successors of the traditions and practices of Hajjagan.

Khoja Mahmud Anjir Fagnawi specialized in gardening and was the most celebrated Sufi of his time. The theologian was the successor of the spiritual Sufi tradition. In perfect possession of the carpenter’s craft, he earned his living on this profession. Not far from the sepulcher of the saint a beautiful mausoleum was erected, and a mosque with a well with holy water was built nearby, where pilgrims often come to make a prayer.

The next premises pilgrims ought to visit is the resting place of one of the most distinguished spiritual guides - Khoja Azizon (Ali Romitani) - the performer of desires. Among the general public he is known as Azizon, the Venerable Sheikh. He was born in 1195 in Kurgan and worked as a weaver. It was thanks to him that the Mongolian khans accepted Islam, considering the preachers of this religion as miracle workers.

Further, the road leads to the vault of the great Sufi, Bobo as-Samosi, who predicted the birth of Bahauddin Naqshband. It was about him that Bobo as-Samosi said: “In a very short time his fragrance will spread all over the world, and he will become ‘mushkul gusha’, i.e., revealing difficulties.” Today, the tomb of the saint Bobo Samosi is a place of worship for hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over the planet.

The mausoleum Said Amir Al Kulol is in the village of Sukhor. The complex houses a mosque, a mausoleum and a garden with a flower patch. Kulol stands for potter, and it was this craft that he owned perfectly.

And the most interesting tour ends with a visit to the mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband, whose birth was predicted by Bobo Samosi. Naqshband was born in 1318 in the village of Hinduvan. As a spiritual teacher, he was a supporter of asceticism. In his opinion, the Sufi should to earn his living by his labor exclusively. Bahauddin himself owned several professions; he was a weaver, a potter and a metal carver. It was he who became a model for imitation for many who, following his suit, began to earn their living by crafts.

Today, there is a majestic mausoleum stands there. The burial site of the saint Sufi is visited by thousands of pilgrims. After all, according to legend, if you touch the memorial thrice, then visiting the sanctified rest is equated with Hajj to the holy Mecca.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)