Darbar-i-Alia Naqshbandia Ghamkol Sharif, is a Sufi centre (Darbar) located in a valley outside the town of Kohat, in the North West Frontier of Pakistan.
The Darbar was founded in 1952 by Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib (ra), who was a Naqshbandi Sufi Saint. Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib (ra) was the last and most important Khalifa (spiritual representative) of Hazrat Khwaja Mohammed Qasim Sahib (ra) of Darbar-i-Alia Naqshbandia Mohra Sharif, Pakistan.
As a guidance to humanity, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) sent Prophets to many peoples, during different time periods, finally revealing the Holy Qur’an to His Final Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was sent also as a practical example of His guidance. The Sahaba (the Companions of the Holy Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them)) followed the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and spread the message within their era. Then the Auliya (Saints) were given the responsibility of guiding the Muslim community, through the spiritual path of Sufism. Sufism and its Saints have primarily been responsible for the spread of Islam across the world, through the way of love, piousness, generosity and tolerance.
The Naqshbandia is a major Sufi Tariqa (order) of Islam, which traces its spiritual silsilah (lineage) to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the first Caliph Hazrat Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). The name Naqshbandi is taken from the founder of the Tariqa, Hazrat Khwaja Baha-uddin Naqshband (ra), a Sufi saint of the 14th century from Bukhara, in modern day Uzbekistan.
Under the spiritual guidance of Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib (ra), many Khulafa (spiritual representatives) of the Naqshbandi-Ghamkolvi Tariqa have been appointed to spread its mission nationally and internationally, extending the Tariqa into the Middle-east, Southern Africa, Europe and the Americas. Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib’s (ra) first and most senior Khalifa is Hazrat Sufi Mohammed Abdullah Khan Sahib. Since his settling in the UK in the early 1960’s, Sufi Sahib has established the largest centre of the Tariqa outside its headquarters in Kohat.
Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib (ra) passed from this world in 1999, and his spiritual successor in Ghamkol Sharif is his only son, Hazrat Khwaja Pir Badshah Sahib. Hazrat Khwaja Zindapir Sahib (ra) has two grandsons Hazrat Pir Abaid-Ullah Shah Sahib and Hazrat Pir Habib-Ullah Shah Sahib.