A Muslim man touches an ornament engraved with verses from the Qur’an at the shrine of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, a Sufi saint during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Mir Syed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani (1314–1384) was a Persian Sūfī of the Kubrāwī order, a poet and a prominent Shafi’i muslim scholar. He was born on Monday, 12th Rajab 714 AH (1314 A.C) in Hamadan and died in 786 AH/1384 in Kunar and was buried in Khatlan. He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and has had a huge influence on the culture of the Kashmir valley. He was also known as “Shāh Hamadhān” (“King of Hamadhān”, Iran) and as Amīr-i Kabīr (“the Great Commander”). He wrote several short works on spirituality and Sufism. He had a lot of influence on the works of his contemporary in Kashmir, the female Śaiva poet Lallēśvārī.