Friday, January 23, 2015

Shaikh Mechan Niazi مچن بابا

Ziarat of Mechan baba (مچن بابا) , Wana, South Waziristan.


Shaikh Mechan Niazi was a medieval Afghan saint . His real name was Muhsin and he is generally said to have been 6th in descent from Khako, son of Niazi. According to Makhzan-i-Afghani (composed in 1612 AD) ;

"Shaikh Mechan, is related, in the prime of youth, to have been addicted to hunting and sporting. One day, while hunting, the divine attraction entered him, and the breeze of the Almighty's grace breathed into him, so that he became affected with with ecstasy and contrition , and, by excessive love , was subjected to periodical rotation. In consequence of which , they called him Mechan , which in the Afghan language, signifies a 'mill' ; that is to say , he turned around like a mill. His descendants, among the Mati tribe, enjoy great authority ; and his threshold is a place of pilgrimage to high and low." [B.Dorn translation]

The descendants of Mechan Baba are reputed to posses charms against Snake bites, they are known to catch living snakes with no fear or danger.