Who is Hazrat Sultan Bahu?
Hazrat Sultan Bahu is a famous Sufi Saint.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu is called Sultan-ul-Arifeen and Sultan-Ul-Faqr.
He says in his Persian book that Muhammad, the Prophet of ALLAH Sallalahoalhiwasalam (Peace be upon him) gave him heavenly guidance and told him.
“Oh Bahoo you are my son go and preach
The all human either they are Muslim or
Non Muslim either they are lucky or unlucky”
Hazrat Sultan Bahu wrote over 140 books. He says in his books that he wrote his books with the heavenly guidance and Noor (light) of ALLAH.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu (God bless him) was born in 1628 AD in Shore Koot which is a city of Pakistan. In his (God bless him) childhood there was a strange light on his face which made Hindu’s say kalima tayyiba and enter into Islam.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu was first taught Islam by his mother. Then everything Hazrat Sultan Bahu wrote was by his own religious revelations and knowledge. His mother taught him the most important Sufi exercises of Zikar (prayer of Allah and his names) and He probably needed no more guidance after that.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu’s was so spiritual that with so much knowledge He knew more Taswwuf (Sufism/spirituality) and Suluk (all about the Sufi way and its stations and its states) than all existing Sufi masters and Sufi poets.
In a book He says: Though we have little of proper learning, yet the spirit has been blessed with the holiness by esoteric (mysterious) knowledge. In fact He may be called a born saint.
Hazrat Sultan Bahu met many Sufis and visited many tombs of the Saints but He did not come across a Sufi teacher of his own level.
Through the spiritual support of Hazrat Ali (R.A) and Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, at the age of thirty Hazrat Sultan Bahu had an extra-ordinary vision in which He saw Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon Him).
The Prophet himself took Hazrat Sultan Bahu Bayat (Oath) and allowed him to pass on the Sufi teaching. Hazrat Sultan Bahu talked about his presence in the spiritual meetings presided by the prophet himself, in his books. However, in the treatise of the Spirit He called Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani his Murshid (Spiritual Director). Hazrat Sultan Bahu always praised Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and calls himself Qadir (After Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani).
In his eyes, the teaching of the Qadria order is most effective for the spiritual development of the seeker. But at the same time it is clear that by Qadria order He means the one that He himself represented. He names Sarwari Qadiri. During the same period when He was a young man of about thirty, the war of succession between Dara shikoh and Aurangzeb was fought. His later writing is enough proof of His moral and spiritual support for Aurangzab, who won and became the Emperor. He himself, however, never cared to have any concern with the court or courtiers.
All his life He kept travelling to the far-flung places beginning discipline and passing the spiritual knowledge and wisdom to the seeker of the truth. He might have written most of his books during such journeys He never made a permanent khaneqah (place to live for a Sufi) during his life-time. Some times He fell in to ecstasy and passed his days and nights in the state of absorption. Many places are still remembered and respected where He stayed for some long or short period to study/think on his own.
In Manaqiba Sultani (name of a book) a few of his journey have been mentioned. His travelling in Sariki region up to Sindh, His journey to Delhi where He met the Emperor Aurngzeb and His visits to the tombs of Multan and other cities have been indicated. He died in 1691 A.D.
At Shorkot where He was buried close the bank of the river His Body had, however, to be transferred twice to other nearby places due the flood. Now the place where He lays buried is under the beautiful tomb is call Darbar Hadrat Sultan Bahoo District Jhang, Punjab.
He wrote many books in the Persian .He was the greatest teacher and propagator of Faqr (spiritual poverty) which is the shining guiding star in his teaching He (God Bless Him) may be considered one of the great Revealers in the history of Sufism. His Dargah (tomb) has always been supervised by the Sajjadh Nashin of his own families. It is strange that his fame rose and spread world-wide after his death, only recently.