Hazrat Mian Mir is Lahore’s iconic figure.
Mian Mir, a leading saint of Lahore, was revered by the kings, queens, warriors and common people alike. His shrine is in the area named after him and is a peaceful place.
“Hazrat Mian Mir – whose real name was Mir Muhammad – was a sufi of the Qadri order. Born in Sehwan (Sind) in 1550 AD, he received his early education from local teachers. He was 25 years old when he came to Lahore in 1575.
… After completing his education Mir went to Sirhind. He then came back and lived in Mohalla Khafipura – now called Anarkali Bazaar. Emperors – Jahangir, (Noor Jehan) and Shah Jehan – used to regularly visit him. Prince Dara Shikhoh was also his devotee.
Mian Mir had a special taste for qawali. He abhorred the ‘ceremonial’ dress. He led a simple life. He is equally popular among Muslims and non-Muslims. He died in 1635 AD and was buried near the grave of his friend Mian Natha. The Mian Mir locality was earlier called Darapur or Hashmipur. His shrine was partly built by Dara Shikoh.”