Biography of Hazrat Sultan Bahu

(پیرآف اوگالی شریف, Khushab)

Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) (Allah bless his Soul) was born on Thursday February 1628 AD 1st Jamadi -us Sani 1102H in Shorkot. Hazrat Sultan sahib's mother name was Hazrat Bibi Rasti Allah bless her soul. She was a pious lady. Once she had a dream, in which she was told that she will have a son and that she should name the child as Bahu (RA). This child will be very pious and will become a great sufi master. He will be a wali Allah (friend of Allah) by birth. In his childhood there was a strange light on his face, if any none Muslims looked at his face he would recite kalima tayyiba.

Hazrat Sultan sahib (blessing of Allah be on him) has said in his books that I and Hazrat Mohammad blessing and salutation be on him were umies (not had any formal education). Hazrat sultan sahib stated that Allah Almighty has rewarded him with Ilm a laduni (inspired knowledge) and there for there wasn't any desire for formal education. At the age of thirty years Sultan sahib saw a vision, in which he saw Hazrat Ali (Allah be pleased with him) on a horse, ordering him to the court of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him. Hazrat Sultan sahib accompanied him to the holy court. There he was ordered to take biat (oath of allegiance) on the hand of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him (rasala roohi). Then the Holy prophet blessing and salutation be on him ordered Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani and said"here is my son and you guide him". The Sheikh obeyed the order and accepted Sultan sahib as his Disciple. That is how Hazrat Sultan sahib and his followers are called Sarwari Qadri . Sarwari because he took oath of allegiance on the hand of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him. Rasool Allah blessing and salutation is known as (sarwar-a-konane) the leader of this and the other world and Qadri due to being the Disciple of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani(RA).

If anyone wants to bypass Hadrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani(RA) and he is claiming to be a sufi, he is nothing more then an impostor. Hazrat Sultan Sahib States in Rasala Roohi; that Hazrat Muhammad (blessing and salutation be on him) gave me divine guidance and said " Oh Bahu (RA) you are my son, go and persuade all human being for the sake of Allah Almighty whether they are Muslim or non Muslim, lucky or unlucky, dead or alive. How can a dead be persuaded? They could be prayed for and Allah Almighty forgives their sins and blesses them. The other interpretation is that the people who have destroyed or suffocated their spirituality with their sinful life style. The duty of a true Sufi is to help such person who has been a victim of Shaitan and nafs's(inner urges) mischief.

Hazrat Sultan sahib was ordered by Hazrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless her soul) to go and search for a living Sheikh from whom you could receive your spiritual wealth. Sultan Sahib replied that I do not need a Sheikh because you are my Sheikh. Hazrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless he soul) said: I cannot be your Sheikh because Hazrat Bibi Fatima (Allah be pleased with her) never took anyone as a disciple, therefore I am unable to carry out this duty. Hazrat Sultan Sahib visited various Sheikhs but finally took bait (oath) on the hand of Sayed Abdul Rahman Qadri (Allah bless his soul). This incident accord in the reign of Emperor Orangzeb Alamgir. When Sultan Sahib visited his Sheikh and the Sheikh passed the trust to its righteous owner. One might get confused with the fact that Sultan Sahib became disciple of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani (RA) and why there was a need for a living Sheikh. The answer to this is that physical biat is equally important among Sufis and as for as a trust is concerned, if it is placed with a living Sheikh than one has to obtain the from him. That's how Bibi Rasti Allah bless her told Sultan sahib to find a living Sheikh. Hazrat Sultan sahib said in his books that he had been in search for a Sheikh for forty years and now he has been seeking a true seeker to whom he could pass spiritual knowledge in form of Zakat for the wealth of spiritual knowledge he had received. He said that he was unable to get such seeker of Allah in his lifetime.

Hazrat Sultan sahib is well known as Sultan ul Arfeen. He far excelled his contemporary Sufi masters and Sufi poet in Marifat elahi (recognition of Allah). Sultan sahib has been the author of approximately one hundred and forty books. All of them were in Farsi beside one, Abiat a Bahu (RA) which was in Suraki poetry and it has been translated and interpreted by Professor Sultan Altaf Ali sahib. There have been other translations by people who didn't understood the message, Sultan sahib was giving in his poetry. In his poetry one will find essence of Sultan sahibs entire literature, which is unique among all the sufi orders.

Sultan sahib further says that, he wrote these books with the permission of Rasool Allah (blessing and salutation be on him) and if one holds any of his book as a guide, then one will find it according to his perception. One will find Sultan sahibs spirituality is shinning from his books. (Saints) hearts are deeper than oceans. Their mystery is unknown to the common people. As the oceans hide storms, fleets and sailors, in the same way saints hid the mysteries of the whole universe. The fourteen domains/realms (which means 7 skies and 7 lands) are stretched out like a tent in their hearts. (Saints have such a wide and cosmic vision of life. They are open hearted and open minded people.) Only he can realise Allah, O Bahu, who knows the secret of the heart.
 

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Sultan Bahu was a prolific writer, he wrote more than forty books on Sufism. Various Sufi singers of current era also sing his many Kalam in which I personally like Alif Allah Chambe DI Booti.
By: sadia, khi on Nov, 19 2017
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This subcontinent is full of the Sufism where many saints preaches for the Islam. Sultan Bahu is one of the famous name who wrote many books for the purpose of preaches in which Abyat e Bahu and Kaleed e Jannat is very famous.
By: absar, khi on Nov, 15 2017
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Due to the services of Sultan Bahu for Islam, he is known as King of Arifeen. He was the writer of many books in which his most famous book is 'Noor ul Huda' where he wrote himself about the Sufism that it is only the Blessing of Allah to him.
By: manahil, khi on Nov, 14 2017
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Hazrat Sultan Bahu was the true Sufi Saint, with his inspirational poetry and preaches he made an important role to spread the Islam. I am very thankful to you to get some information about him.
By: saqib, khi on Nov, 10 2017
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I love the literature and the poetry of Sultan Bahu even I don’t understand the language but it is the quality of Sultan Bahu's poetry that you can feel the message that he preached.
By: yasir, khi on Nov, 09 2017
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Sultan Bahu was the Sufi saint of Islam, his name for the Sufism is always remain because he was the man who spread Islam with his preaches in those areas where no body knew about the religion of Islam.
By: abrar, khi on Nov, 08 2017
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The name of Hazrat Sultan Bahu is extremely high in the list of Sufi saints in Subcontinent. He belonged to a religious family, His father, Bayazeed Mohammed, served emperor Shah Jahan as officer-in-charge of Kohistan.
By: mujahid, khi on Nov, 01 2017
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Hazrat Sultan Bahu was the famous Sufi poet who wrote more than forty books on Sufism, he also had a prominent authority in Persian language. Due to the power of Sufism poetry he did great services to Islam.
By: asif, khi on Oct, 31 2017
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In a regional language, the role of Sufism is great to spread the religion of Islam. The poetry of Hazrat Sultan Bahu is also did an inspiring role, he was one of the great Scholar and poet in Punjab province.
By: majid, khi on Oct, 30 2017
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The role of Sufism is also good to spread the Islam, many of the Sufi poets wrotes some inspirational poetry to motivate the peoples towards the Islam. The person like Hazrat Sultan Bahu is also famous in the role of Sufism who serced Islam.
By: muqeed, khi on Oct, 27 2017
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The quality of Sufi poetry and the Sufism is that there is no need to understand the language, just feel the message of the poet with heart. This is the quality which I also feel in the Sufi Poetry of Sultan Bahu, he wrote various beautiful Kalam.
By: nusrat, khi on Oct, 25 2017
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Like Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai, the name of Hazrat Sultan Bahu is also in the Sufi poet. I didn’t knew about his life but many times I read his sufi poetries. This article is the source where I get some information about his life.
By: minhaj, khi on Oct, 24 2017
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i love Hazrat Sultan Bahu for his incredible achievements , He was amazing man that has wonderful spritual powers, he is a true sufi saint, thanks for sharing amazing information
By: Adil, Karachi on Oct, 16 2017
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Biography of Hazrat Sultan Bahu is there to astonish you! I have read it completely and is spell bound to find about his life. I recommend all of you to read about him in detail from here.
By: Uzma, Peshawar on Sep, 28 2017
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Biography of Sultan Bahu is to be considered to be the most amazing thing to talk about. This article I just read is all so informative and amazing that makes me know who exactly Sultan Bahu was! Mystic poetry and sufism need to be portrayed to the world.
By: Farah, Kuwait on Sep, 26 2017
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Hazrat Sultan Bahu is someone most of us dont know at all. I think it is the fault of our parents that has not educated us about him. He is a true Sufi saint and his message need to be conveyed to the new generation. This article is truly helpful in this regard.
By: Enaya, Lahore on Sep, 24 2017
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Biography of Hazrat Sultan Bahu is incredibly amazing article that is based on the life and history of this great legend. This article is certainly good in giving you legit information.
By: Emran , Karachi on Sep, 23 2017
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Note! This article does not contain authentic information. Hazrat Sultan Bahoo took zahiri oath at the hands of Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi. Also, Hazrat Sultan Bahoo was in search of Murshid for 30 years not 40 and another 30 to find an heir to his spiritual treasure. http://www.hamariweb.com/articles/article.aspx?id=56949
By: Abdur Rehman, Lahore on Oct, 19 2015
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Your article is very informative, but there are two mistakes:
1= Sultan Bahu was taken to the court of Hazrat Ali9 (R.A) only at the age of seven
2= He did not take oath on the hands of Hazrat Syed Abdul Rehman Qadri as He always took oath on the hands of Hazrat Muhammad (P.BU.H). Moreover, Sultan Bahu is one of the seven SULTAN UL FUQRA ( KING OF FAQEERS). So he already had greatest spirituality than syed abdul rehman before his birth. But this is true he met syed abdul rehman once in his life...

For more information log on to www.contactquran.com and download the book ''BAHU AIN YAHOO''.
Jazakallah...
By: Waseem Akram, Lahore on Sep, 01 2012
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