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He is the most eminent Saint of the Sub-continent. He spread the beneficence of the Qadri Order in Sub-continent and named it as “Sarwari Qadri Order”.
Sultan Bahoo belonged to the‘Awan’ tribe whose genealogical tree goes back to Ali ibn Abi Talib. Awans are Ali’s progeny from wives other than Hazrat Fatima Razi Allah Anha.
In the preface of all his books he introduces himself as ‘Awan’ In his book Noor-ul-Huda Kalan, he says: “The writer of this book, Sarwari Qadri Fakir Bahoo annihilated in Hoo, son of Bazayad Mohammad, commonly known as Awan, resident of Qilla Shor (Shorkot, may Allah save it from all troubles and chaos) always says the truth.”
Ancestors of Sultan Bahoo
His ancestors lived in Anga, village in the Valley of Soon Sakesar (Tehsil Naushehra, District Khushab, Punjab Pakistan). Their shrines and remains of their houses can still be found in Anga and its vicinity.
His father’s name was Bazayed Mohammad (ra). Sultan Bahoo usually introduces himself in the beginning of his books as meaning: “A book by Faqeer Bahoo, who is the son of Bazayed Mohammad and belongs to the Awan tribe.”
His mother’s name was Bibi Raasti (ra) who was a saintly woman and was known for her piety in the family.
Sultan Bahoo shows great devotion and love towards his mother in his books. He says, “Thousands of blessings of Allah upon Bibi Raasti for naming me Bahoo.”
Sacred Birth of Sultan Bahoo
He was born on Thursday, Ist Jamadi-us-Sani 1039 Hijri (17th January, 1630) at the time of Fajr prayer in Shorkot, Jhang Pakistan.
His Beneficence Started from Early Childhood
The Nur was luminous on the his face since his birth and showed its miracles. His mother remained engrossed in prayers and invocation as she was sure that her child would not disturb her. Sultan Bahoo did not take milk during the month of Ramadan just like Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani avoided taking milk during the holy month of fasting. His personality was so attractive and effective since his childhood that upon whomsoever he cast his eyes, he recited the Kalma without any persuasion and embraced Islam immediately.
Sultan Bahoo did not gain any bookish knowledge or conventional education. In his book Ain-ul-Faqr he says:
- I did not get formal education like the Holy Prophet but I acquired such spiritual and esoteric knowledge due to spiritual experiences that a number of books are required to express it.
Sultan Bahoo’s Bayat (Oath of Allegiance)
He was a born Saint. Moreover, his mother gave him sufficient spiritual education and guidance because she herself was the Saint of Allah. He writes in his books, “I searched for a Murshid for thirty years but in vain.”
Esoterically Sultan Bahoo swore bayat on the sacred hand of Prophet Mohammad. But exoterically he swore bayat on the hand of Shaikh Abdul Rehman Jilani on the Friday of 29 Ziqa’ad, 1078 Hijri (11th May, 1668). The Murshid of Sultan Bahoo took him in privacy and granted him the Trust he had been searching throughout his life. Hence, he received the greatest gift of Ism-e-Allah Zaat in only one meeting with his Murshid.
Sultan Bahoo meetings with Aurangzeb
It was the third meeting between Sultan Bahoo and Aurangzeb which took place in the grand mosque of Delhi immediately after the physical bayat in 1078 Hijri. According to the writer of “Tazkira-e-Auliya-e-Jhang” and “Tareekh-e-Jhang” Sultan Bahoo had met Aurangzeb twice earlier in Garh Maharaja. Their first encounter was in 1059 Hijri when Aurangzeb had returned from the war of Kandahar and Shah Jahan had made him the ruler of Multan, Sindh, Bhakar and Siwistan (now Sehwan Sharif, Sindh). In 1062 H, they met again when Aurangzeb went to conquer Qandhar and passed from the River Chenab on his return journey.
Throne of Divine Guidance and Persuasion
After his physical bayat, Sultan Bahoo returned from Delhi and started executing his duty of guiding and persuading people towards righteousness. From that day onward, Divine light became so obvious from his self that hundreds of people found closeness of Allah just by his single glance.
Sultan Bahoo is known by the title of “Sultan-ul-Arifeen” among all the Saints)and Arifeen (Knowers).
Sultan-ul-Arifeen literally means ‘The King of The Knowers of Allah’.
Spiritual Status “Sultan-Ul-Faqr”
He is stationed at the most elevated and highest status of “Sultan-ul-Faqr.”
Mustafa Sani and Mujtaba Akhir Zamani (Mustafa the second and Mujtaba of the last era)
Sultan Bahoo proclaimed:
Since the Eternal Benevolence has graced me with grandeur, Prophet Mohammad has ordered me to guide everyone, Muslim or Non-Muslim, fortunate or unfortunate, dead or alive and he has called me ‘Mustafa Sani and Mujtaba Aakhir Zamani’ with his pearl divulging tongue.
Sultan Bahoo Books
He did not get any kind of formal or academic education. Even then, there are at least 140 Sultan Bahoo books. All his books are in Persian except “Abyat-e-Bahoo” which is in Punjabi language and it is also known as Kalam e Bahoo.
He has chosen the term ‘Faqr’ for his teachings instead of the conventional terms like Tasawwuf or Tareeqat, Sufism or Spirituality.
Progeny of Sultan Bahoo
According to Manaqib-e-Sultani Hazrat Sakhi he had eight sons.
There are several extrinsic and intrinsic miracles.There are two types of miracles. First is esoteric miracle and second type is exoteric miracle.
Sultan Bahoo’s Death
He died at the age of sixty three years on Thursday 1st Jamadi-us-Sani, 1102 Hijri (1st March 1691 AD) at the time of Asr (afternoon) prayer.
Darbar Sultan Bahoo
Current address of the shrine: Village Sultan Bahoo, via Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, district Jhang, Pakistan.
Urs of Sultan Bahoo (Death Anniversary)
The sacred Urs of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo is celebrated every year on the first Thursday of Jamadi-us-Sani. People come from far off places to join the celebrations.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen – Present Imam of Sarwari Qadri Order
He is present Imam of Sarwai Qadri Order.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib ur Rehman
He is the 31st perfect spiritual guide of Sarwari Qadri order. Sultan ul Ashiqeen has taken revolutionary steps to spread teachings of Faqr among masses. Under supervision of Sultan ul Ashiqeen, devotees are translating, composing and compiling Sultan Bahoo books. Hence, to date many published for the seekers of Allah. Thus they deduce gems from these books. Sultan ul Ashiqeen establish Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr to spread the teaching of Faqr in an organised manner. Sultan ul Ashiqeen also laid foundation of Khanqah Sarwari Qadri for spiritual training of his disciples. By virtue of Sultan ul Ashiqeen kindness the monthly magazine Mahnama Sultan-ul-Faqr Lahore is published on monthly basis.
Sultan ul Ashiqeen has also established Sultan ul Faqr Publications. It plays an important role to spread the teaching of Faqr. Sultan ul Ashiqeen has also laid foundation of Sultan ul Faqr Digital Productions to spread the teachings of Sultan Bahoo by using advanced technology. Sultan ul Ashiqeen has also established department of invitation and preaching for inviting people towards Faqr.