Alif Allah – XI

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Alif Allah – XI

Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA)

Bahu is nowhere;
Only He is there within
and without
__O Hu!

One practices austerities
and goes through deep afflictions
__O Hu!

One studies millions of books
and becomes a renowned scholar,
a sage,
__O Hu!

But the title of Faqir is granted only
to him, says Bahu,
whose grave becomes a living symbol
__O Hu!

|Abyat -e- Bahu Says Bahu|Translation with an Introduction & notes by Prof. Syed Ahmed Saeed Hamadani.

Notes:
“…..grave becomes a living symbol”: The Sufis believe that the Faqirs live in their grave and in Sultan Bahu’s words “their grave is alive”. They listen and respond. Their tombs are epitomes of their spiritual faculties as realized during their lives.

Sultan Bahu (RA)-Short Biography

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Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) |Sultan-al-Faqr, Sultan-al-Arifin| (1628_ 1691)

Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) is one of the most renowned Sufi saints of the later Mughal period in the history of Indo-Pakistan sub-continent. He is often called Sultan al-Arifin (the Sultan of gnostics) in the Sufi circles. His ancestors belonging to …a tribe of Alvids called Awan and coming from Arabia via Hirat (Afghanistan) had settled in the Soon Sakesar Valley of Khushab District in Punjab. His father, Hazrat Sultan Bazid Muhammad, had served in the army of the Emperor Shah Jahan as a high ranking officer and so in recognition to his services had been awarded a jagir in the Shorkot area. The family migrated to the place and settled at Qalai Shorkot, a settlement at the bank of River Chenab (now in District Jhang, Punjab) Hazrat Sultan Bahu was born there, probably in the 1628 A.D. His mother Mai Rasti (RA) saw a vision of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) that soon she will be blessed with a child with inherent spiritual qualities whose light of Faqr will benefit many seekers till the end of time. She was instructed to name the child `Ba Hu’ – meaning – `With Allah’. This name, most certainly suited this holy personality, for he was always drowned in the Love of Allah. Hazrat Sultan Bahu’s (RA) name is incomparable and has no parallel. His very name reflects his lofty spiritual station, pure qualities and attributes. Thus was given the name Hazrat Sultan Muhammad Bahu (RA). Continue reading “Sultan Bahu (RA)-Short Biography”