Abstract

The Muslims of the Indian subcontinent opposed the colonial rule and endeavoured to liberate their homeland in the second half of nineteenth and the first half of twentieth century. The British tried to bribe the ‘ulama and sajjadanashins of the mystic shrines but they did not succeed in winning over the favours of the whole community. A shrine at Sial Sharif in the Punjab established by Khwaja Shams al-Din Sialwi played an important role in the liberation movement. The four generations of the sufis of Sial Sharif opposed the foreign rule tooth and nail, expressed their hatred for the British openly and participated in different anti-colonial movements.This paper discusses the contribution of Khwaja Sialwi and his three successors for the independence of their country.