EARTHQUAKE IN GHAZNI IN 1974 BROUGHT DEVASTATION – STORY ABOUT THE OPENING OF GRAVE OF SULTAN MAHMUD

EARTHQUAKE IN GHAZNI IN 1974 BROUGHT DEVASTATION
STORY ABOUT THE OPENING OF GRAVE OF SULTAN MAHMUD

No documentation of Muslim’s spun stories

Earthquake Ghazni 1974
Earthquake Ghazni 1974

The Story of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi is a household one in this region. For one section of the people, the greatest hero of all times. For the other section, the greatest curse for their way of life. The truth really is hidden in massive stereotypes. But that is not the point of this blog.

Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi
Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi
Rebuilt Mazar Mahmood Ghaznavi
Rebuilt Mazar Mahmood Ghaznavi

In 1974 Ghazni was devastated by a massive Earthquake. Buildings went down , including a lot of monuments. A massive reconstruction plan was started, and there was massive American aid for all this. It is reputed that the Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi was damaged and the grave sprung open by itself. The internet delivers a video and a lecture by Maulana Tariq Jameel that the body of the great Sultan was found intact, and his hands were so soft, as like he was buried there and then. A thousand years had made no difference on the decomposition of the body. Fine, but then, the incident should have been recorded, photographs taken and the fact announced in massive campaign. Simple stories leave person in doubt.

Ghazni 1840
Ghazni 1840

We know of the body found in Austria in Snow after 5000 years. It was intact, but not really in the modern sense. Everything was there, but withered in its on way. Mummies of Pharaohs are of the same line, or the Aztecs or the Mayas. Even Chinese mummies have been discovered in liquid. But in in simple wooden coffin, or otherwise, it is not possible for any body not to suffer decomposition. If it an act of faith in people, to believe in the supernatural, scientific thought does not allow any speculation.

Reconstructed Ghazni after 1974
Reconstructed Ghazni after 1974

A more probable thing could be that for research purposes, the body of the Sultan was stolen by some foreign lobby., We can speculate on a certain lobby which hated the Sultan so massively. And the body replaced by a fresh one so that the original may not be missed by others. We are men and women of science. We do not believe in speculation. We would have loved an image of the great Sultan himself. We know what the Russians did with Amir Timur and reconstructed him. But only bones were there. Here is just another mythical story for religious consumption. No documentation, nothing!

7 thoughts on “EARTHQUAKE IN GHAZNI IN 1974 BROUGHT DEVASTATION – STORY ABOUT THE OPENING OF GRAVE OF SULTAN MAHMUD”

  1. My Dear Pasha Sahib
    السلام علیکم
    A few yards away on other side of Baghbanpura from Shalamar Garden, away from city, starts a Road from Grand Trunk Road, named Sultan Mahmood Road. From this about 3 Kilometer is situated a village ( I mean 50 years back) named Mahmoodbooti. This, then a village comprise a Mohalla named as Shah Mahmood.
    I was born in this village 6 years after independence, and lived there for next 25 years. I used to move and play in the streets of Mahmoodbooti.
    There were present a graveyard with Mohalla Shah Mahmood. People removed almost every large sized tile ( slim brik), the graves were built. Half a kilometer before the village There was a large Graveyard. this was named as Shah Gohar (peer) grave yard. Shah Gohar was a general of Sultan Shah Mahmood. There is an old Masoleum building very similar in design but much larger in dimentions of the picture of Mazar of Mahmood Ghaznavi you posted here, There were also present graves of sepoys in front of this mazar built with large sized tiles. i can’t understand the huge difference in dimentions of both.
    The residents of Village Mahmoodbooti appointed an old person to keep the buffaloes ,and donkeys away from the graveyard. His son was too clever,he added the word Peer to Shah Gohar and started a Peer Khana there. he sold the nearby acres of land. Later he was removed by the villagers due to his activites and handed over to Auqaf.

    Be happy and be busy. Thank you for such informative blog and your efforts.

  2. I searched for the photos of Sultan Mehmud’s grave damaged by this 1974 earthquake, hoping for a glimpse of the great king. Didn’t find any. Instead I came across your blog. I must say really good and objective analysis you’ve put there. However, I don’t agree with your theory at the end. It would be more credible if someone had put a skeleton in place of the king’s 1000 year old corpse not a fresh one.

  3. It is not very old story and it was witnessed by many of that time. However, War in 1979 tored the evidences.

  4. A Muslim does not need certificate of nincompoops. Outside the Quran itself, anything can be spun. Documentation is required in everything.

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