The shrine of Ali Hujwiri is one of Pakistan's most important Sufi shrines
|Architectural type||Mosque and Sufi mausoleum|
Data Darbar (also spelt Data Durbar; Urdu: داتا دربار), located in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan is one of the oldest Muslim shrines in South Asia. It houses the remains of a Sufi saint, Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery (commonly known as Daata Ganj Baksh), who is believed to have lived on the site in the 11th century CE.
On special occasions, the shrine is decorated with lights, dinner is prepared for hundreds of people and visitors dance while musicians play Sufi music for hours. At the boundary of the shrine, Muslim faithfuls recite the Qur'an, and pay tributes to the Prophet Muhammad.
There had been rising security fears after threats by the Pakistani Taliban, and a bombing campaign against shrines by the militants, who consider Sufi shrines to be heretical. The large size of the complex, and the fact that it is open at all hours to the public, made protecting it extremely difficult.
On 1 July 2010, two suicide bombers attacked the shrine. At least 50 people were killed, and 200 others were hurt in the blasts. It was the deadliest attack against a Sufi shrine in Pakistan since 2001, though it was superseded by the 2016 bombing at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar which killed 88 people.
The shrine remains open at all hours, and welcomes visitors who freely enter the complex. The shrine is served by the Data Darbar station of the Lahore Metrobus.
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