Shaykh Jalal, officially known as “Shaykh al-Mashāʾikh Makhdūm Shaykh Jalāl Mujarrad bin Muḥammad Kunyāī” and popularly known as “Shah Jalal”, was a Turkic-Persian-Arab Muslim leader renowned for his role in the Muslim victories during the conflicts between the Principality of Lakhnauti and Gour Kingdom as well as his role in the spreading of Islam into the Greater Middle Eastern region, Central Asian region and the South Asian region.

Shaykh Jalal was born in a village named Kaninah in Hadhramaut, Rasulid Kingdom (in modern-day Republic of Yemen) on the 25th day of May 1271 CE as a grandson of Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari*, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and, subsequently, the Arab tribe of Quraysh whom historically inhabited and exercised sovereignty in the Makkah region.

In the early 14th century, Shaykh Jalal with around three hundred and sixty companions migrated to the Sylhet region. During the later stages of his life, Shaykh Jalal was met by the 14th century Moroccon explorer, geographer and scholar Ibn Buttuta in a mountain located north-east of Sylhet.

Ibn Battuta reported that Shaykh Jalal died on the 20th day of Dhul Qa’dah 746 AH in Sylhet.

Some ancestors of the Tahir Buruj family are traced back to Central Asian, Persian and Arab roots as among the companions of Shaykh Jalal and have resided in the Sylhet region for generations. Although Shaykh Jalal had no biological descendants, his companions have honoured his legacy as a Muslim leader and benefactor of da’wah to Islam.

May Allah (s.w.t.) have mercy on us and all of his creations. Ameen.

*Not to be confused with Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari who was also born in the historical city of Bukhara (in present-day Republic of Uzbekistan). All calendar dates, unless specified otherwise (e.g. A.H. is on the Islamic Hijri calendar), are on the Catholic Christian Gregorian Common Era calendar.