Shah Jalal (c.1271-1346 AD), patron saint of Sylhet, is said to have trained 360 companions whom he sent out to propagate Islam. Their shrines, or mazars, large and small, are spread throughout the region and some are important centers of devotion and pilgrimage. Like the ‘high places’ of ancient Israel, most mazars are built on hilltops and may have a sacred tree, well, or pool. As a nod to orthodox Islam, many have a mosque attached as well. Visitors bring an offering and make their prayers in the belief that there is an aura of spiritual power in the presence of the dead saint.

Pray that those who visit these shrines will be released from the demons that control such places and will encounter Jesus who alone can bind these powers.

Luke 11:20. …if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.