Dr. Miraj ul Islam Zia/Zarawar Khan
Peshawar remained one of the most important trading and political center of activities throughout the history due to its strategic location. History says that the city became a capital town for different dynasties who ruled over the region and it is, in fact, this area that has been playing a vital role in making and unmaking the history of South Asia. The different archaeological and other remains of these early eras are the testimonies of the glorious past of Peshawar, particularly under the Mughals. The most significant evidences that speak about the splendid rule of the Mughal dynasty are their buildings in form of mosques, tombs and forts or numismatic and epigraphic evidence. The Persian inscription presented here is one of the most important findings which shed light on the religious beliefs and tradition of the people of the time. Although this inscription has been previously mentioned or published by different scholars, unfortunately, it is not only misread but also misinterpreted creating discrepancy in the related history. The present paper is, therefore, an attempt to give a correct reading, accurate translation of the inscription and also comments and draws a historical sketch of the Shyakh’ sect mentioned in the inscription.