Who is Sultan Bahoo?
Sultan Bahoo was a Saint by birth. The splendour of Sultan Bahoo is beyond anyone’s speculation. He is blessed with the extremities of Faqr and also stationed at the status of Sultan-ul-Faqr V. He himself says the following:
The Holy Prophet has ordered me to guide everyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, fortunate or unfortunate, alive or even dead and he has titled me as Mustafa Sani (Mustafa the second) and Mujtaba Akhir Zamani (Mujtaba of the last era) with his pearl divulging tongue. (Risala Roohi Sharif)
Birth and genealogical chain
He was born on Thursday, 1st of Jumada ath-thani in 1039 H (17 January 1630 A.D). His family tree links back to Ali ibn Abi Talib razi Allah anhu. He belongs to the progeny of Hazrat Ali from wives other than Hazrat Fatimah tuz Zahra razi Allah anha.
Meaning of name
Bahoo means ‘The one who remains with Hoo’. Hoo (ھُو) is a pronoun for Allah, as used many times in the Holy Quran for Ism-e-Allah Zaat. For example, a Quranic verse states:
ہُوَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡ لَاۤ اِلٰہَ اِلَّا ھُو
Meaning: He (Hoo ھُو) is Allah, besides Whom there is no other God. (Al-Hashr 22)
Title of Sultan Bahoo
Sultan Bahoo is entitled as Sultan ul Arifeen which means ‘Sultan of Mystics’.
Spiritual bayat of Sultan ul Arifeen
Sultan ul Arifeen spiritually took oath of allegiance (bayat/al-bayah) on the sacred hands of Prophet Mohammad. The Holy Prophet then entrusted him to Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani for further spiritual guidance.
Physically he took oath of allegiance on the sacred hands of Sayyid Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi. Therefore, Sayyid Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi is Murshid of Sultan Bahoo.
Books of Sultan Bahoo
Sultan Bahoo poetry
While all books of Sultan ul Arifeen are in Persian language, his collection of most famous poetry is in Punjabi language which is known as Abyat-e-Bahoo. There are 201 Abyat-e-Bahoo. Undoubtedly one can say that Punjabi Abyat-e-Bahoo is the summary of all his teachings.
What is the essence of Sultan ul Arifeen’s teachings?
Sultan ul Arifeen named his teachings as Faqr. The beauty of his teachings is remarkable. He has touched upon each and every aspect of Sufism. He advices the seekers of Allah to adopt the path of Faqr and stresses that to be successful in this path finding a true perfect and accomplished spiritual guide is necessary. Moreover coming into the slavehood of such spiritual guide and hence following him whole heartedly leads the true seeker to Divine vision, closeness and gnosis of Allah.
Transference of Divine Trust (Amanat-e-Elahiya)
During his life Sultan Bahoo could not find a perfect and true seeker whom he could transfer Divine Trust. Therefore he left the world without transferring Amanat-e-Faqr. However, the spiritual order of Sultan Bahoo continued when he transferred Divine Trust to Sultan ul Tarikeen Sayyid Mohammad Abdullah Shah Madni Jilani 139 years after his death.
Present Imam of Sarwari Qadri order
The present imam of Sarwari Qadri Order and true spiritual heir of Sultan Bahoo is Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. He has laid the foundation of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. This organization is the true representative of teachings of Sultan ul Arifeen.
Death of Sultan ul Arifeen
He died at the age of 63 years on Thursday 1st Jumada ath-thani, 1102 H (1st March 1691 A.D) at the time of Asr prayer.
Where is the shrine of Sultan ul Arifeen?
The sacred shrine of Sultan Bahoo is located in district Jhang, Pakistan. Following is the exact address:
Village Sultan Bahoo via Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, Jhang District, Pakistan
Millions of seekers of Allah gain beneficence from the shrine of Sultan ul Arifeen. Seekers of the Divine Truth and Reality are never returned empty handed from this shrine. Moreover it is free from any kind of heretic practices.
Sultan Bahoo Urs
Sultan Bahoo’s urs (death anniversary) is celebrated every year under the supervision of Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman.