of SULTAN BAHU
SULTAN BAHU (RA) is from the progeny of HAZRAT ALI (RA)
and is a direct descended from Hazrat Ali (RA). Traditionally
according to the law of the land he is Hashimi and belongs
to the tribe of A'wan.
Sultan Bahu (RA) was born in the village of Shorkhote
in Punjab Province in the year 1039 Hijri, during the
reign of the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Already
as a child his Saintly qualities became apparent. He
too, like Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (RA), refuses to
drink his mothers milk from Sehri to Iftaar (before
sunrise to sunset). Despite showing inherent spiritual
qualities his training responsibility fell in the lap
of his pious, devout and saintly mother, Ma Rasti (RA).
In his childhood and early days, she was responsible
for both his inward and outward training, colouring
his personality in the Prophetic light.
Rasti (RA) saw a vision that soon she will be blessed
with a child with inherent spiritual qualities whose
light of Faqr will benefit many a seeker 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.
SAYYED AND THE GOLD.
is narrated that a poor but respectable Sayed was advised
by a dervish to seek Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) for his
material needs. Going from village to village the Sayed
finally found Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) working in one
of the fields under intense heat. It must be mentioned
here that this was the only time during which the Saint
had been occupied in any sort of worldly occupation
and this too he had discarded after some time. The Sayed
was disappointed that what can this Faqir give me when
he himself seems in want and dressed in tattered clothes.
Disappointed, the Sayed decided to return to his village.
As he was turning back, Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) called
out " Sayed Sahib, why are you turning back....
speak what do you seek ?" Taken aback by this sudden
forte and calling, the Sayed lamented his material needs
to the Saint. Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) asked the Sayed
to excuse him while he attended to the call of nature.
Returning from the call of nature, the Saint threw the
stone with which he dried himself in anger at the direction
of the Sayed. Wherever the stone made contact with the
clay ground where they were standing turned into gold
ingots. The Sayed was told to take the gold for his
needs and depart immediately so that nobody could be
aware of what had taken place. It is said that this
gold in the form of jewelry is still extent in the same
family for several generations.
CAVE AND THE DEER.
is narrated that on one of his travels which he so often
took, Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) was accompanied by his
attendant Sultan Naurang Khatran (RA), a dervish who
was blessed with spiritual light by the Saint himself.
His entire life had been spent in serving the Saint
and had accompanied him on many of his travels. When
they approached the vicinity of Kellar Kahar, the approach
of the month of Ramadan had been heralded in by the
drumbeat of a caller from a nearby village. Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) spend the entire month of Ramadan, meditating
in an isolated cave in the mountains nearby. Drowned
in the Ocean of Mercy and remembrance, the entire month
of Ramadan passed without the intake of food on the
part of the Saint. The dervish who accompanied the Saint
had received daily his food for `Sehri' and `Iftaar'
miraculously by a deer which use to appear with the
food tied on it's horns.
the approach of Eid a call was heard from the nearby
village announcing the end of Ramadan. Disturbed by
the sound of drumbeats from the village, Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) raised his head from meditation and enquired
from his attendant as to what all the noise was about.
Sultan Naurang Khatran (RA) replied " Hazrat the
Eid moon has been sited and you have been in a state
of intoxication and annihilation in the remembrance
of Allah for the entire month of Ramadan. The
Saint exclaimed: " What about my fast, salaat and
tarawee for the month of Ramadan". It is narrated
by his attendant that despite having being in a state
of intoxication in the remembrance of Allah, Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA) performed all his qaza fasts and salaats.
This is the state of the true friends of Allah that
they do not even for one moment leave aside the Sunna
of the Holy Prophet (Peace be on him) or any other obligatory
commands of the shari'a. It is said that this episode
of the cave is the only one time that Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) had been in a state of intoxication, otherwise
his entire life had been spend in a state of sobriety,
so much so, that he did not miss even a single mustahab
act of the shari'a.
is narrated that some dervishes accompanied Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) on one of his travels. During the course of
the journey one of the dervish companions asked : "
Hazrat, what is meant by `eyes of elixir' ? " At
that moment, at a distance not to far away a woodcutter
was about to pick up his wood. With one gaze, Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA) transmitted his spiritual attention
to the woodcutter, who became motionless, staring in
the sky. Turning to the dervish, The Saint said : "
Do you see that woodcutter over there ? He will answer
your question on our return journey".
It is said that on the return journey, they passed the
woodcutter who was still starring into the sky. Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA) once again gave his spiritual attention
to the woodcutter. With one gaze the woodcutter returned
to his normal original state. He fell at the feet of
the Saint, lamenting and imploring him to return him
to the state he was in. The Saint asked the woodcutter
to explain what he had experienced so that his companions
could understand what is meant by `eyes of elixir'.
The woodcutter said : " Sir, the other day you
were passing by when you looked towards me. As soon
as your gaze fell on me, I experienced a state of illumination,
peace and felicity. I felt myself being drowned in the
ocean of Allah's Light and Mercy, annihilated in a blissful
rapture. Please Sir, for the sake of Allah, return me
to that delightful and ecstatic state again".
Saint turned to his companion dervishes and said : "
You have received your answer to your question from
the woodcutter himself. This what you have witnessed
is but a small drop from the reality of what is meant
by `eyes of elixir. You cannot comprehend and
withstand the full force of it's reality. Turning
to the woodcutter he told him to carry on his work,
counseling him not to despair as his inner state was
now luminous and that intermittently he would be experiencing
the same state of ecstatic rapture. Bidding him farewell,
the Saint carried on his journey. By Allah, what an
eyesight! Such is the reality of the Faqir's of Allah.
With one gaze they turn a woodcutter into a Gnostic
of Allah. With one gaze they turn a `dead' heart into
a `living' heart, to remain always immersed in the remembrance
SAINT SHER SHAH (RA)
was during one of the travels of Hazrat Sultan Bahu
(RA) that he came to a village where a Sufi saint Hazrat
Sher Shah (RA) was well known. At the border area of
the village Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) retired to a little
hillock where he sat in a state of deep meditation.
Immersed in Divine light the saint became oblivious
of his surroundings. At that moment some disciples of
Hazrat Sher Shah (RA) were on their daily errands of
collecting firewood for the kitchen. One of them came
close to Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) and offered salaams.
Once again Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) demonstrates to us
the power of the gaze of a true Faqir of ALLAH. Returning
the greeting the saint's `eyes of elixir' irradiated
the inward of the disciple, whose heart became alive
with the zikr (remembrance) of ALLAH. Crying in ecstasy
he fell at the feet of the saint. Noticing this spectacle
the second disciple hurried to inquire the condition
of his friend. Seeing the saint he too fell into ecstasy.
The third disciple raced off to his master, Hazrat Sher
Shah (RA) to report on the incident. Sher Shah (RA),
together with some of his disciples and dervishes hastened
to confront the enchanter 'who had cast a spell over
his disciple. He confronted Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA)
:"Many a Spiritual court have I attended, including
the Holy Court of his Holiness Prophet Muhammed (peace
be on him). In none of these Courts have I seen you
present. You must be an illusionist or trickster and
have cast a spell over my disciple. Cease and desist
from such action and bring my disciples to their original
state or else I will complain about you in the court
of his Holiness (peace be on him)." Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) responded " Shah Sahib, you be present
in the court of his Holiness and I too will try to be
present in the august court of his Holiness (peace be
on him). Tomorrow we will meet at this same place and
decide on the outcome." Shah Sahib departed promising
to meet the next morning.
That same evening, Shah Sahib was blessed to be present
in the spiritual court of his Holiness, Prophet Muhammed
(peace be on him). Respectfully he looked around the
assembly to see if he could see the `enchanter' dervish
who had cast a spell over his disciple. Not seeing him
in the assembly he thought to himself that tomorrow
in the morning we will deal with him. For the moment
let me be respectful in this august court.
from behind a spiritual curtain ( a place which is reserved
for the Prophets (peace be on him) household) a beautiful
child appeared. The child went straight to the Prophet
(peace be on him) and sat on his Holiness lap. The Prophet
(peace be on him) of Allah very lovingly and affectionately
embraced this beautiful child, stroking him with his
blessed hands. The child was similarly blessed by Hazrat
Abu Bakr Siddiq, Hazrat Omar, Hazrat Othman Gann, Hazrat
Ali, Imam Hassen and Hussein, various Prophets present
in the court, Hazrat Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani and other
believers (peace be on them all). Finally the child
came to rest in the lap of Sher Shah (RA) who also embraced
the child lovingly. Playfully the child pulled at the
beard of Sher Shah (RA) with his little hands pulling
out two pieces of hair. Thereafter the child of light
again returned to the blessed lap of the Prophet (peace
be on him) from whence he disappeared behind the curtain
from which he had entered.
next morning Hazrat Sher Shah (RA) accompanied by his
companion dervishes went to the agreed meeting place.
On meeting Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) he said angrily "
Oh dervish, I did not see you present in the blessed
court of the Prophet (peace be on him). I looked all
around but you could not be seen. So you must be an
enchanter and juggler. I once again warn you to give
up this trickery otherwise the end will be not good
Arifeen Sultan Bahu (RA) replied: " Oh Sher Shah.
How many witnesses do you need according to the Sharia
that I was present in the court of his Holiness."
Sher Shah retorted " two witnesses." Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA) took out the two pieces of hair which
belonged to Shar Shah (RA) saying: " here is my
proof of me being present in the august court of the
Prophet (peace be on him)." Recognising the hair
of his beard, Sher Shah (RA) immediately apologised
to the great saint. Thereafter they both retired into
seclusion to discuss the deeper secretes and meanings
of the spiritual path. On the request of Sher Shah (RA),
Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) blessed him with higher realms
of spiritual knowledge and some say that he was blessed
with khilafat also. Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) further
counselled him to carry on his work by bringing people
to the reality of the truth.
one of his travels with his mureeds, the company decided
to rest for an afternoon meal in a village. Some companions
approached a lady cook who was attending to her crying
baby, to bake some bread for them. She refused as her
baby girl was crying profusely due to pain in her eyes
caused by an infection. Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) requested
that the lady cook put her baby in a cradle for him
to look after while his companions assist her in sifting
the flour and preparing a fire to bake the bread.
the lady agreed to this request. No sooner had she left
the baby with the Saint, the child stopped crying. This
was due to the spiritual attention that Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA) had given to the child. Once again the Saint
exhibits his extraordinary powers of spiritual `baraka'
and gives the spiritual aspirant an insight into what
is called `eyes of elixir'. No sooner had the spiritual
energy reach and envelop the little heart of the baby,
it sprang into the commemoration and remembrance of
Allah. Every follicle on the baby became alive with
the remembrance of Allah. Becoming aware of the childs
silence ,she ran to enquire about her babys well-being.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) informed her that he had made
her child `alive' forever, in this world and the hereafter.
Not being satisfied, she removed the babys face
covering. At that moment the `little' heart was spiritually
energised and immersed in the remembrance of Allah.
On seeing her baby and witnessing this marvel , this
audible display of `zikr' of Allah emanating from her
child, the mother also went into ecstasy exclaiming
Allah! Allah! Blissfully she fell at the feet of the
Saint displaying her euphoria and delight.
duration of time transformed this `little' girl into
a majdhuba Saint. She became renowned as Ma Fatima Mastooien.
Mastooien indicating a state of majdubiyat ( majdhub
--- a person who is mad-in-the-Devine. A spiritual condition
which in itself has an elevated capacity to teach wisdom
and sometimes it also reflects as a spiritual condition
of complete absorption in divine light cutting off contact
from body function i.e. eating and sleeping). Even today
her tomb stands as a beacon of light and hope, illuminating
the hearts and minds of the people. Her tomb stands
as a reminder to seekers after truth `that where there
is hope, there is a way'.
is narrated in `Munaqabi Sultani' that Hazrat Muhammed
Siddiq (RA) and some of his companions had sojourned
for a while at the tomb of Hazrat Sultanul Arifeen Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA). In those days, at the entrance to
the tomb of the saint stood a large berry tree. One
day a blind man on his way to the tomb had injured himself
with a trunk from this tree.
his condition, the dervishes gathered at the precincts
of the tomb to consider what should be done to avoid
such an injury again. After due consultation it was
decided to cut the tree. But as all the dervishes who
were staying there at the time were live hearted saints,
they decided to seek `spiritual guidance' from Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA) on the matter.
very night `khalifa' Muhammed Siddiq (RA) was blessed
with a vision of Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA), who told him
not to cut the tree. He was informed that the tree would
relocate itself to the northern side of the tomb, an
area which was behind the head side of the tomb. That
very night Hazrat Muhammed Siddiq (RA) informed the
other dervishes of his vision and retired to his cell
again. The next morning to everyones surprise
the tree had relocated to the northern side of the tomb.
This tree still stands there today, its branches protruding
outwards towards the heavens, as a monument to demonstrate
to us the reality of the saints of Allah.....that these
are the men of knowledge.
his early years Hazrat Mohsin Sha (RA) lost his father.
His upbringing was left to his mother. They passed their
life in dire need and poverty. In those days their lived
in Gotki a potter who had received `spiritual baraka'
from Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA). His spiritual reputation
soon followed him wherever he went. After a while he
settled in his hometown Gotki again. People began to
flock to him.
day the mother of little Mohsin also approached him.
She appealed to his good nature that the next time he
went to see his Murshid (teacher) Hazrat Sultan Bahu
(RA), he should take her Mohsin with him and present
him to Hazrat Sultanul ARIFIN (RA) with a message that
the Saint should bless him with spiritual insight and
wisdom and that she has given Mohsin to him in the path
of Allah. So the next time the potter Faqir went to
visit his Murshid, he took Mohsin with him and presented
him to Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) with a message from the
mother. With love the Saint passed his blessed hands
over the head of the orphan boy, telling the potter
dervish to entreat his mother to enroll him in an institution
of religious learning and that once he had completed
his studies he should be brought back to him ( Hazrat
Sultan Bahu (RA)) to crown his inward with spiritual
illumination and to irradiate both his outward and inward.
The Saint sent a message to the mother that she should
not worry as her child was destined for greater heights.
potter Faqir went back to Gotki and delivered the message
of his teacher. Acting on the guidance of Hazrat Sultan
Bahu (RA), the mother entered her son in an institution
of learning. Completing his studies he was again sent
with the potter dervish to the Saint for further polish
as promised by the Saint himself. No sooner had he reached
the presence of the Sheikh, Mohsin went into ecstatic
rapture at the sight of the Saint. With one look the
Saint made him traverse one spiritual path after the
other, illuminating and transforming his personality.
Mohsin's inward and outward became replete with the
light of Allah. Very soon, through the blessings of
Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA), Mohsin Sha's fame spread far
and wide as a Sufi of great repute and his person became
an asylum to all and sundry.
to Gotki, Hazrat Mohsin Shah (RA) chain of activities
gained fame far and wide. Thousands of people repented
at his hands and trotted the path of righteousness under
his guidance. He sat up a free public kitchen or alms
house (`langarkhana') where countless of people satisfied
their hunger. The public kitchen was spacious and extensive
and free of wants. He had a magnanimous breath of vision
coupled with deep spiritual insight. It is narrated
that nobody in the vicinity of Gotki challenged his
decisions or acted contrary to the Islamic law.
has been mentioned earlier that whenever his sight fell
onto a non Muslim, they would involuntarily recite the
Kalima-the Islamic declaration of faith. This trait
in the Saints character use to cause mayhem and consternation
among the populace.
day the Saint fell ill, and the town physician (who
was a Brahman) was summoned to attend to the Saint.
Realizing and knowing of this quality of Sultan Bahu
(RA), he refused to go and attend to him. The physician
asked instead that they bring a sample of the Saints
urine for diagnoses. The disciples brought the urine
in a bottle like container to the physician. On seeing
the bottle the physician immediately recited the Kalima
(declaration of Islamic faith).
POWERS OF INVISIBILITY.
Kaloo Shah (RA), the son of Hazrat Juneid Qureishi (RA)
was a mureed of Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA). One day, due
to the pangs of separation, love and desire he decided
to visit his Sheikh Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA). When he
arrived at the Saints house, he heard the sound of a
resounding `Hoo' coming from within the small chamber.
He went inside to meet his Sheikh but there was no sign
of Hazrat sultan Bahu (RA). Standing inside the chamber
in wonderment, he heard the sound of a resounding `Hoo'
coming from outside the chamber. Sheikh Kaloo went outside
again hoping to meet his Teacher but there was no sign
of him. Every time he heard the `Hoo' he went inside
or outside but still there was no sign of his Sheikh.
Hazrat Kaloo Shah stood outside perplexed and bewildered
by the happening. at that moment he recited the following;
is Hoo -- outside is Hoo
Where is Sheikh Bahoo
The love of Hoo, the desire for Hoo
Has kindled my yearning for Hoo.'
the condition of his mureeds (disciples) bewilderment
and shock, Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) once again demonstrates
the benevolent and compassionate trait of his character.
Reciting the following couplet ,the Saint unveils his
invisibility in a tractable manner and makes himself
visible to Kaloo Shah.
the Light of Hoo reflect
Runs darkness in despair
Oh Bahu! whosoever realizes Hoo
Both the worlds is his forever.'
removing the curtain of invisibility, the Saint blesses
Kaloo Shah aplenty with his bounty and favour. Hazrat
Kaloo Shah and his father Hazrat Juneid Qureishi (RA)
are both buried at a place called Sarwarpur. (Munaqabi-Sultani)
Therefore, we have with us today, as witnesses, two
of Hazrat Sultan Bahu's (RA) greatest miracles. His
tomb which is a beacon of light giving solace to the
broken hearted and seekers after truth. And secondly
his writings-his works which even today bear testimony
to his greatness. Whosoever listens or studies his works
is affected and transported into higher realms of spiritual
truths. This miracle of his will remain forever -Insha
'Say: Devotion to the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is my faith,
His love my way of life,
and obedience to Him (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) my goal'
Genealogy / Tareeqa
Bahu belonged to the Qadiri sufi order, and later initiated
his own offshoot, Sarwari Qadiri.
Bahu refers to Muhiyuddin Abdul Qadir Jilani as his
spiritual Master in a number of his books and poetry,
but it is obvious that this relationship must have existed
purely in the spiritual domain, as Abdul Qadir Jilani
passed away before the birth of Sultan Bahu. However,
a majority of Sufi orders and saints maintain that Abdul
Qadir Jilani has a special role in the mystic world
and thus all orders and saints are always indebted to
him directly or indirectly in some way.
Bahu's education began at the feet of his mother, Mai
Rasti, who was herself a saintly woman, and has her
own Mouselem in Shorkot, a village in the district of
Jhang, Pakistan. She directed him to seek spiritual
guidance from Sheikh Habibullah Qaderi. After some time,
Sheikh Habibullah sent him to Delhi for further 'polishing'
under the guidance of Sheikh Abdul Rehman al Qaderi.
This did not take long, after which Sultan Bahu returned
to his own, familiar surroundings.
complete spiritual lineage (Silsila) of Sultan Bahu
is as follows:
May the Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ,Ali
ibn Abi Talib May Allah be pleased with him
Hassan Basri , Shah Habib Al Ajami , Daud Tai , Maruf
Karkhi , Sari As Saqäti , Shaykh Junayd Baghdadi
Shibli , Walid Abdul Wahid , Abul Farrah Yusuf , Sheikh
bu Hassan , Sheikh bu Saeed Al Mubarak ,
Abdul Qadir Jilani , Sayyid Abdur Razzaq , Sayyid Abdul
Jabbar , Sayyid Yahya Wali , Sheikh Najmuddin
Abdul Sattar , Sayyid Abdul Baqa , Sayyid Abdul Jalil
, Sayyid Abdûr-Rahman ,Sultan Bahu
Allah have mercy on all of them.
Bahu was of the progeny of Ali, cousin and son-in-law
of Muhammad. His family is thus Hashimi, and his tribe
Awan. The Awan tribe trace their ancestry to Ameer Shah,
son of Qutub Shah.
the incident of Karbala, the household of Muhammad had
to migrate to other lands. Many of his descendants who
lived in Egypt and nearby lands departed for Turkistan
and Iran due to persecution at the hands of Hujjaj bin
time went by, they resettled in places such as Bukhara
and Hamadhan in Turkistan, and Baghdad in Iraq. Some
migrated to Khurasan and others to Herat in the mountainous
regions of present day Afghanistan.
ancestors of Sultan Bahu migrated and settled in India,
and the father of Sultan Bahu, Bazid Muhammed, became
an important titleholder at the court of the Mughal
Emperors of India.
complete genealogy of Sultan Bahu is as follows:
Bahu, Bazid Muhammed, Fatah Muhammed, Alla-Radatta,
Muhammed Tameem, Muhammed Mannan, Mogila, Peera, Muhammed
Sughra, Muhammed Noor, Sulla, Muhammed Baharie, Muhammed
Jayoon, Muhammed Hargun, Noor Shah, Ameer Shah, Qutub
Shah, Emmaan Shah, Husein Shah, Firoze Shah, Mahmud
Shah, Fartak Shah, Nawaab Shah, Darrab Shah, Awhum Shah,
Abeeq Shah, Ahmed Shah, Ameer Zubeir, Caliph Ali, Abu
Talib, Abul Mutallib (Grandfather of Muhammad), *Hashim,
of Sultan Bahu :
1-Sultan Noor Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
2-Sultan Wali Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
3-Sultan Lateef Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
4-Sultan Shareef Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
5-Sultan Hayat Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
6-Sultan Saleh Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
7-Sultan Fateh Muhammad Al-Qadri (son)
8-Sultan Muhammad Ishaq Al-Qadri (son)
9- Mai Rehmat Khatoon (Daughter)
actual number of books written by Sultan Bahu is not
certain. According to tradition, he is supposed to have
authored over one hundred works and treatises. The following
is a list of the important works of Sultan Bahu that
still exist today, and can be traced back to him with
Huda, Risala-e-Roohi, Aql Baidaar, Mahq-ul-Fuqara, Qurb
Daidaar, Aurang-Shaahi, Jami-il-Asraar, Taufiq-Hedaayat,
Kaleed Tauheed, Ainul Faqr, Shamsul Arifeen, Magzane
Faiz, Ameerul Quonain, Asrare Qaderi, Kaleed Jannat,
Muhqamul Fuqara, Majaalis-tun Nabi, Muftahul Arifeen,
Hujjatul Asraar, Jannatul Firdaus, Kash-ful Asraar,
Risaala Ruhi Shareef, Abyaat Bahu (poetry), Muhabbatul
Asraar, Ganjul Asraar, Dewaan Bahu, Panj Ganj, Fazlul
Laqa, Jhook Sultany, Ameerul Mumineen
the above, Nurul Huda (Light of Guidance) and Risala-e-Roohi
(Book of Soul) are the most popular, along with the
poetry collection Abiyaate Bahu.
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