Sayyad Nasr-ud-Din (also spelled Syed Naseer ud Din or Syed Nasr-ud Din) is a descendant of the the eighth Imam in Twelver Shia Islam, Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha. Sayyad Nasr-ud-Din came to Kashmir via the the Shia-invasion (see the Shah-Mir Dynasty) happened roughly in 1381-1561 (see the court case of 1770 as translated by Fida Hassnain). Nevertheless, during the Shah-Mir Dynasty, it seems that Syed Nasir ud Din came to Kasmir and died therein, he was also a Shia-sufi. The Shah Durrani empire took over next and ruled from roughly 1561 until 1751 the Mughal empire took over Kashmir and had a hardline policy towards the Shia’s. This was followed by the Shah Durrani empire. They wrote about the tomb of Syed Nasir ud Din and claimed it was also called “Yuz Asaf”. The Sikh’s took over in 1820 and didn’t give up Kashmir until 1947.

It seems that all the stories about Sayyad Nasr-ud-Din were total fabrications by Shia’s as they were trying to get their tombs saved from demolition during the reign of the Mughal empire. By claiming that this tomb was from the Hindu-Buddhist era, they were able to save it. Thus, the descendants of Sayyad Nasr-ud-Din were able to keep this housing complex in their control.

Read Reverend H.U. Weitbrecht letters on this topic, i.e., “The Truth About The Tomb of Yus Asaf known as Rauza Sahib Srinagar” and “The Srinagar tomb of Sayyad Nasr-ud-Din”.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________Court case 1770
(translation by Fida Hassnain 1988)
This is an unverified reference

A court case was brought mentioning the shrine in 1184AH/1770AD:

“”””The Seal of The Justice of Islam Mullah Fazil 1184-A.H. Verdict: Now this Court, after obtaining evidence, concludes that during the reign of Raja Gopadatta, who built and repaired many temples, especially the Throne of Solomon, Yuz Asaph came to the Valley. Prince by descent, he was pious and saintly and had given up earthly pursuits. He spent all his time in prayers and meditation. The people of Kashmir, having become idolators, after the great flood of Noah, the God Almighty, sent Yuz Asaph as a prophet to the people of Kashmir. He proclaimed oneness of God till he passed away. Yuz‐Asaph was buried at Khanyar on the banks of the lake and his shrine is known as Roza Bal. In the year 871 A.H. Syed Nasir-ud-Din, a descendant of Imam Musa-Raza, was also buried besides the grave of Yuz Asaph. Orders – Since the shrine is visited by devotees, both high and common, and since the applicant, Rehman Khan, is the hereditary custodian of the shrine, it is ordered that he be entitled to receive the offerings made at the shrine as before, and no one else shall have any right to such offerings. Given under our hand, 11th Jamad-ud-sani, 1184 A.H””””

Links and Related Essay’s

“The Truth About The Tomb of Yus Asaf known as Rauza Sahib Srinagar” (1903) by Reverend H.U. Weitbrecht


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