INTRODUCTION TO SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
Sultan Bahoo life is an example for all seekers of Allah. He is the most renowned Sufi Saint, popular for his Sarwari Qadri Order. Many researchers have researched and written upon the life and works of Sultan Bahoo. However, his spiritual descendant Sultan ul Ashiqeen remains on top in terms of authenticity, quality and volume of work upon Sultan Bahoo. Here is a concise review of his life and special titles.
MIRACLES OF SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
Sultan Bahoo’s miracles are famous from childhood until his last day. Whoever saw him, recited shahada. This was a clear sign that indeed Allah had chosen him to spread His message. Sultan Bahoo was elevated at a special spiritual rank which was unseen by people before him.
ALLEGIANCE FACTOR LEARNT FROM SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
The fact that Sultan Bahoo pledged allegiance to a living spiritual guide, despite being born-Saint and spiritual pledge to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), proves that pledge of allegiance is a requirement for everyone. Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani is known to have done the same. Only a living spiritual guide can lead and train to the way of Allah and Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
SUNNA OF PROPHET MOHAMMAD AND AGE OF SULTAN BAHOO:
Sultan Mohammad Nawaz as well as number of other biographers confirm the fact that Sultan Bahoo was 63 years of age when he died just like Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
SULTAN BAHOO LIFE – BENEFICENCE FOR ALL:
Sultan Bahoo life is an inspiration for all who seek Allah. He is the medium of beneficence for people to gain Divine vision and entrance to the sacred Mohammadan Assembly. He is known to benefit a hundred thousand people in one moment with his spiritual beneficence.
SULTAN BAHOO LIFE IS THE WAY TO FIND PERFECT SPIRITUAL GUIDE OF THE ERA:
Both Prophet Mohammad and Sultan Bahoo did not acquire worldly education but their spiritual knowledge overflowed within them. Hence, Sultan Bahoo wrote more than 140 books. He proclaims:
- If someone is not able to find a perfect and accomplished Murshid, he should make any of my books his guide and medium. I will definitely guide him to a living perfect Murshid of the era.
This is the way to find a living spiritual guide to pledge oath of allegiance. So the beneficence does not end with Sultan Bahoo life but continues. Many people have found perfect spiritual guide through his books recorded in book Sultan ul Ashiqeen: https://www.sultan-ul-faqr-publications.com/shop/sultan-ul-ashiqeen-book/
However, even as the Quran’s meaning does not reveal upon those with blind inwards, similarly, he says:
- Those who are inwardly blind, they are deprived of gnosis of Allah since eternity; therefore they will never like my books.
SULTAN BAHOO’S BIOGRAPHY SHOWS HIS GENEOLOGY:
Sultan Bahoo’s biography shows that he was the progeny of Awan tribe that reaches Ali ibn Abi Talib. Awan tribe is progeny of Ali ibn Abi Tallib from wives other than Fatimah bint Mohammad.
BIOGRAPHY OF SULTAN BAHOO SHOWS HIS RANK:
According to biography of Sultan Bahoo, he is the beloved friend of Allah. He is the leader of Mystics and the Fakir stationed at the highest spiritual level of ‘the master of worlds’. Moreover, he is the perfect spiritual guide possessing the absolute light of guidance. He declares:
I am the perfect and accomplished spiritual guide possessing the absolute light of guidance. I am the Fakir who holds the rank of ‘the master of the worlds’. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)
SULTAN BAHOO LIFE IS REPRESENTATION OF UNIVERSAL DIVINE MAN:
Al-Insan al-Kamil or the Universal Divine Man is the highest spiritual level. He prevails the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion. They guide and train seekers of Allah to the path of Faqr which is heritage of Allah. Biography of Sultan Bahoo shows that he is the Fakir of highest rank and Murshid of absolute light of guidance.
REORGANIZATION OF QADRI ORDER IN SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
Biography of Sultan Bahoo shows that he gave shape and life to the Qadri order previously divided into parts. He renamed it as Sarwari Qadri. He spread it to most of South East Asia and his descendants later spread it to other areas. His descendant and present spiritual guide Sultan ul Ashiqeen has now spread it at international level and made is accessible through websites, social media and books.
BENEFIT TO PEOPLE FROM SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
Sultan Bahoo life benefitted hundreds of thousands of people. However, to know how he did so, one must first learn about khanqah and importance of Fakir. The Fakir reminds creation of Allah and his khanqah is a place of spiritual retreat and character transformation. Everyone is welcome without any bias.
KHANQAH THE PLATFORM OF PEACE AND INNER SUCCESS:
Those who remain busy in worldly life are blinded to the beauty of Faqr. They are deprived of Allah’s special blessings concealed from them. When the Fakir trains disciples at khanqah, he liberates them from worldly traps and moves their focus to Allah. Their souls are strengthened with the invocation of Allah and they becomes successful.
BIOGRAPHY OF SULTAN BAHOO IS AN INSPIRATION:
Sultan Bahoo’s life is an inspiration. Whoever is acquainted with biography of Sultan Bahoo realises his beneficence to seekers of Allah and unconditional love for Allah. Sultan Bahoo life is the ideal example of Divine love and gnosis. Wherever he went, he turned that place into an institution of spiritual education for people to come closer to Allah.
LEGACY OF SULTAN BAHOO LIFE:
The legacy of Sultan Bahoo life teaches us the way to devote oneself to Allah. Biography of Sultan Bahoo shows that his spiritual order has been guiding seekers to date. The spiritual beneficence did not restrict to Sultan Bahoo life but continued also after his death. When one reads biography of Sultan Bahoo, he benefits spiritually from him. Sultan Bahoo life is an example for everyone who yearns to get closer to Allah and His Beloved Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
Today, we are acquainted with Sultan Bahoo life only due to the struggle and immense hard work of his spiritual descendant and present Shaikh of Sarwari Qadri order Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. He spent years to bring Sultan Bahoo life and teachings to the masses. The most authentic biography of Sultan Bahoo is the one written by him.
Sultan Bahoo books
The translators of the books of Sultan Bahoo have often stated that they could not find any manuscript written by his own sacred hands. Only the manuscripts written by his khalifahs and dervishes could be found. Saad Ameer Khan Niazi, who was a translator of Sultan Bahoo‟s books in Urdu, writes in the foreword of the translation of his book Asrar-ul-Qadri:
- As a translator of Sultan Bahoo’s books, I faced the problem that the original manuscripts of his books were not available which could be consulted to translate the actual Persian text properly. If only I could have found a single manuscript written by Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s own sacred hands then there was no need of others for the translation but unfortunately not even one could be found. All of them were lost or wasted because the khalifahs kept them in their possession instead of spreading them.” (page 40)