Hazrat Khawja Shams-ud-Din Sialvi was born in 1799 A.D.(1214 A.H). He was born of a very religious family. He descended from Hazrat Ali,the fourth caliph of Islam.
Long before his birth,a great saint of Multan ,Ghaus Baha -ul-Haq Zakarya Multani,while travelling to Bhera,got down from horse back when he was right at the place where now the great tomb of Hazrat Khwaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi is situated and picked handful of soil and kissed it. His deciples wre astonished by this gesture.Upon there insistence, he revealed to them, that a Ghaus would be born there.
He had become the hafiz of Quran(one who remembers Quran by heart) at the age of 7 years.He went to some of the renounced institutions to get religious education. He went as far as Kabul where he was awarded Sand-e-Hadith(certification of hadith). The most important of his journeys was to Taunsa Sharif (Distt. D.G Khan), where he becme a deciple of Hazrat Khawja Suleiman Taunsvi.
He went to Mecca twice to perform pilgrimage.He was a stanch follower of Quran and Sunnah. His teachings played an important role in reviving the spirit of Islam in Muslims in the wake of Missionary propaganda by christians and oppression by Sikhs.
He established an institute for religious education. He himself used to teach there. Some of his students went to become known Islamic scholars in the subcontinent.
The most well known his deciples were,
- Hazrat Khawja Muazam-ud-din Muazamabadi
- Hazrat Ameer Shah Bhervi
- Hazrat Khawja Mehr Ali Shah Goladvi
- Hazrat Khawja Syed Ghulam Haider Shah Jalalpuri
- Hazrat Khawja Syed Muhammad Saeed Shah Zanjani Lahorvi
- Hazrat Khawja Syed Muhammad Hasan Shah Gilani
- Hazrat Khawja Syed Niaz Ali Gardezi
- Hazrat Mirza Nawab Baig Delhvi
- Hazrat Mulla Khushnud Yusafzai(Kabul)
Hazrat Khawja Shams-ud-din Sialvi died on 24th of Safar 1300 A.H( 4th of january 1883 A.D). He was buried in Sialsharif about 48 kilometers from Sargodha on Sargodha-Jhang road