Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Bahoo

Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) (CA 1628 – 1691) was a Muslim Sufi, who founded the Sarwari Qadiri Sufi order. Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) belonged to Awan Tribe. Awans are the descendants of Ali. Like many other Sufi saints of the Indian subcontinent, Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) was also a prolific writer, with more than forty books on Sufism attributed to him.

However, as the majority of his books deal with specialized subjects related to Islam and Islamic mysticism, it is his Punjabi poetry that has generated popular appeal and made him a household name in the region. His poetic verses are sung in many genres of Sufi music, including Qawaalis and Kaafis. Tradition has established a particular style of singing his couplets, which is not used in any other genre of Sufi music.

The Mausoleum of Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) is located in Garh Maharaja, Punjab, Pakistan. It is a popular and frequently-visited Sufi shrine, and the annual festival is celebrated with the usual fervour, which is now a distinguishing feature of what is being called a ‘shrine culture’ of the Indian subcontinent.

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

Spiritual Genealogy / Tareeqa

Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) belonged to the Qadiri sufi order, and later initiated his own offshoot, Sarwari Qadiri.

Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) 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 Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul). 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.

Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) education began at the feet of his mother, Mai Rasti (R.A), who was herself a saintly woman and has her own Mouselem in Shorkot, Pakistan. She told 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 Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) returned to his own, familiar surroundings.

Biography

Sultan ul Arifeen (King of Arifeen – the Highest grade of Sufism) Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) was born at Shorkot in 1039 A.H. Shorkot is the Tehsil headquarter of District Jhang of Punjab. His father Hadrat Muhammad Bazayd was a pious man, a jurist who learnt Quran by heart and he was the commandant of the Shor fort during the reign of Mughal emperor Shahjahan.

His mother Hadrat Bibi Raasti (R.A) was a saint of high caliber. He belonged to Awan caste and was the descendant of Hadrat Ali (R.A). His mother got the intuition that soon a saint par excellence would be born to her who would fill the face of the earth with his mental illumination and spirituality and she should name him “Bahoo”. There Mai Sahiba gave him the name “Bahoo” (Allah Bless His Soul).

He was a saint by birth and his spiritual guidance started from his early childhood. A Non-Muslim who happened to look at his illuminated face immediately converted to Islam by reciting the Shahada. Non-Muslims became so scared of this miracle of Hadrat Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) that a delegation consisted of their leading men met his father and requested him to make an announcement whenever this child was about to leave the house so that they should remain in their homes and could be saved from conversion.

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

Spiritually, he took an oath of allegiance at the sacred hands of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him). In his book, Ameer-ul-Qaunaian” he says that he wandered for about thirty years in search of spiritual guide but in vain. At last, Hadrat Ali (R.A) took him spiritually to the sacred presence of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him).

The Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) showed utter happiness on seeing him and asked him to hold his hand. That's how he took an oath of allegiance and then the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) instructed him and ordered him to spiritually help the creatures of God.

After this, the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) entrusted him to Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him) and said that Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) was his spiritual son and he should also spiritually instruct and guide him. Therefore, Hadrat Pir Dastagir enriched him with his spiritual wealth.

About that Haq Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) says that “I have covered the entire distance from the beginning to the extreme, when the King of “Faqr” cast on me the favorable glance”. After that, on the order of Ghaus-e-Pak Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him) he overtly took an oath of allegiance at the hand of Sheikh Pir Abdur Rehman Qadri of Delhi. (he was the descendant of Ghaus-a-Pak). The shrine of Pir Abdur Rehman (Allah Bless His Soul) is in Delhi.

The Status and splendor of Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) are beyond anybody’s speculation. He says in ”Risala Ruhi Sharif” that “I took an oath of allegiance at the sacred hand of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) and he considered me his “son”. He allowed me to guide the creatures of God”. He says. “Hadrat Fatima (R.A) has considered me her “son”, in this way I have been blessed with the extremities of Faqr”.

Hadrat Haq Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) didn’t receive a formal education as he was busy from the early life in gaining spiritual experiences and true achievements. He says, “though I haven’t received formal education after receiving spiritual/divine knowledge, I have become pure, that’s why the entire knowledge has been accumulated in my heart through reflection/inversion.

He didn’t get the opportunity to receive worldly knowledge because of being busy in intuition and witnessing the divine glory and he also didn’t get time to do meditation because he from the beginning to the end every moment remained drowned in the deep river of divine unity.

Despite being so indulgent he acted upon the traditions of the Shariah of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) with such determination that throughout his life he never missed an act endear to the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him). He says, “I have gained every status by acting upon Shariah and have made Shariah my guide.

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) authored about one hundred and forty books and in all those books he repeatedly advised three things to the aspirant of truth:

  • Obscurity.
  • Desisting.
  • To act upon the Shariah (Religious Dogma) of the Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him).

He emphasized upon the following activities to attain all the spiritual grades:

  • Meditation about the essence of God.
  • Meditation about Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him).
  • Recitation of Kalima-e- Tayyiba.
  • Invitation of Spiritual contact with next world (or eternal world) through Quranic verses. He says that because of these acts two most lofty positions are opened for the aspirant of truth and is no highest position above these.
  • Witnessing the essence of God.
  • Eternal attendance of the sacred gathering of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him).

In his famous book “Noor-ul-Huda” he says “I have been blessed with the highest grades of sainthood (Sufism) by Allah the Almighty and the most Compassionate and thus prepared me to guide the people. If an aspirant of God is true and keen to witness Devine light, then there is no difficulty for Faqir Bahoo to enable him to meet Allah / witness divine glory. He says in “Risala Ruhi Sharif”,

“Anybody who is aspiring for God Almighty, he should come to me, I will enable him to reach from the bottom to the top in a moment. Oh! Aspirant of the Truth come over so that I enable you to reach God”. He says in his book named “Ameer-ul-Qaunain” that, “Oh dear! Let it be clear that truth leads to redemption and lie leads to destruction, that’s why whatever Faqir Bahoo says he says it on the commandment of God and the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him).

He doesn’t say anything out of his own caprice. The day when God Almighty created the spirits, he created me with His eternal power, the same day He blessed me with His Beatific vision, from that day till now every moment, every second, I am drowned in Divine vision. Although worldly I use to talk to the people but spiritually I use to be blessed with the beatific vision, I will be blessed with this in the grave, on the day of resurrection and in heaven also”.

The Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) says that “Sadaats are from my generation, scholars are from my chest and faqirs (highest level of saints) are from the Divine Light”.

“I am a scholar of Divine knowledge. I see the only divine light. I know nothing but Divine knowledge. Neither I know anything about a round of daily recital and meditation nor I use to do them or recite them because entire knowledge is for the Divine knowledge that I possess. Where there is Divine knowledge there is no morning, no evening, no destination and no station.

Divine essence can be witnessed in the form of the glory of the name of Allah (His personal name) in the stage of annihilation unto God (final stage of Sufism). In that Divine light, one can witness the Divine vision. These status belong to that faqir.

I know the Divine knowledge and recite it. I have attained this status due to the Holy / blessed company of the Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him), his Sahabas and Punjatun Pak (five pure).

Sultan Haq Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) is Sarwari Qadri's order of Sufism. The spirituality of this order is that the mentor – spiritual guide (murshid) makes sure the presence of an aspirant of truth in the Holy gathering of Holy Prophet (blessing and salutation be on Him) in just one glance and single attention and in the same way enables him to see beatific vision / divine light.

In this Holy order there are no intricacies like mystic exercises, forty days seclusions for mystic communion, withholding of breath, mystic initiation, meditation and the daily round of recital. This order is also free of obvious saintly dress and style and also weary of the style of Mashaikhs e.g. scepter, rosary and gown, and turban, etc.

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

Shrine of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul)

He (Allah Bless His Soul) dies at the age of 63 in 1102 A.H. His shrine is situated in a village on the western bank of river Chenab near the town of Garh Maharaja in Tehsil Shorkot. The Village is known on his name as “Mauza Sultan Haq Bahoo”. His death anniversary (URS) held on the first Thursday of Jamadi-us-Sani.

Sufi

Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah bless his soul) was born on Thursday February 1628 AD, 1039 AH in Shourkot. Hadrat Sultan’s mother's name was Hadrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless her soul). She was a pious lady. Once she had a dream, in which she was told that she will have a son and that she should name the child as Bahoo. This child will be very pious and will become a great Sufi master. He will be a Wali Allah (friend of Allah)by birth.

In his childhood there was a strange light on his face, if any none Muslims looked at his face he would recite Kalima Tayyiba. Hadrat Sultan Sahib (blessing of Allah be on him) has said in his books that I and Hadrat Mohammad blessing and salutation be on him were Umies (not had any formal education). Hadrat sultan sahib stated that Allah Almighty has rewarded him with Ilm a Laduni (inspired knowledge)and therefore there wasn’t any desire for formal education.

At the age of thirty years Sultan Sahib saw a vision, in which he saw Hadrat Ali (Allah be pleased with him) on a horse, ordering him to the court of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him. Hadrat Sultan sahib accompanied him to the holy court. There he was ordered to take Biat (oath of allegiance) on the hand of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him(Rasala Roohi).

Then the Holy Prophet MUHAMMAD (blessing and salutation be on him) ordered Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him) and said: “Here is my son and you guide him”. The Sheikh obeyed the order and accepted Sultan Sahib as his Disciples. That is how Hadrat Sultan Sahib and his followers are called Sarwari Qadri. Sarwari because he took the oath of allegiance on the hand of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him.

Rasool Allah blessing and salutation is known as (Sarwar-a-Konane) the leader of this and the other world and Qadri due to being the Discipline of Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him). If anyone wants to bypass Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him) and he is claiming to be a Sufi, he is nothing more then an impostor.

Hadrat Sultan Sahib States in Rasala Roohi; that Hadrat Muhammad (blessing and salutation be on him) gave me divine guidance and said ” Oh Bahoo you are my son, go and persuade all human being for the sake of Allah Almighty whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim, lucky or unlucky, dead or alive. How can a dead be persuaded? They could be prayed for and Allah Almighty forgives their sins and blesses them.

The other interpretation is that the people who have destroyed or suffocated their spirituality with their sinful lifestyle. The duty of a true Sufi is to help such person who has been a victim of Shaitan and Nafs’s(inner urges) mischief.

Hadrat Sultan sahib was ordered by Hadrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless he soul) to go and search for a living Sheikh from whom you could receive your spiritual wealth. Sultan Sahib replied that I do not need a Sheikh because you are my Sheikh. Hadrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless he soul) said: I cannot be your Sheikh because Hadrat Bibi Fatima (Allah be pleased with her) never took anyone as a disciple, therefore I am unable to carry out this duty.

Hadrat Sultan Sahib visited various Sheikhs but finally took Biat (oath) on the hand of Syed Abdul Rahman Qadri (Allah bless his soul). This incident accord in the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb Aalamgeer. When Sultan Sahib visited his Sheikh and the Sheikh passed the trust to its righteous owner. One might get confused with the fact that Sultan Sahib became a disciple of Hadrat Shaikh Abd Ul Qadir Al Jilani (Allah be pleased with him) and why there was a need for a living Sheikh.

The answer to this is that physical Biat is equally important among Sufis and as for as a trust is concerned, if it is placed with a living Sheikh than one has to obtain them from him. That’s how Bibi Rasti Allah bless her told Sultan sahib to find a living Sheikh. Hadrat Sultan Sahib said in his books that he had been in search of a Sheikh for forty years and now he has been seeking a true seeker to whom he could pass spiritual knowledge in form of Zakat for the wealth of spiritual knowledge he had received. He said that he was unable to get such seeker of Allah in his lifetime.

Hadrat Sultan Sahib is well known as Sultan ul Arfeen. He far excelled his contemporary Sufi masters and Sufi poet in Marifat Elahi(recognition of Allah). Sultan Sahib has been the author of approximately one hundred and forty books. All of them were in Farsi beside one, Abiat a Bahoo which was in Suraki poetry and it has been translated and interpreted by Professor Sultan Altaf Ali sahib.

There have been other translations by people who didn’t understand the message, Sultan sahib was giving in his poetry. In his poetry, one will find essence of Sultan sahibs entire literature, which is unique among all the Sufi orders. Sultan sahib further says that he wrote these books with the permission of Rasool Allah (blessing and salutation be on him)and if one holds any of his books as a guide, then one will find it according to his perception. One will find Sultan sahibs spirituality is shinning from his books.

Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) lived for 63 years and passed away on 1st Jamade-us-Sani 1102 AH. His shrine is situated in a village, Mozah Sultan Bahoo, named after him, which is located on the western bank of river Chenab, near Garhh Maharaja Town in Tehsil ShourKot. His annual URS is held on first Thursday of Jamadde-us-Sani.

He married four times and had eight sons, one of whom passed way in childhood. Hadrat Sultan Bahoo (Allah Bless His Soul) wrote around 140 books to exhort and guide the seeker of Eternal Truth. He primarily focused on three things in his writings, viz.

  • Anonymity and inconspicuousness
  • Denouncement of materialism
  • Strict adherence to Holy Prophet’s sharia.
Ism E Allah Zaat

Ism E Allah Zaat

He exhorted the pursuer of Truth four fundamentals and insisted that one should devote oneself to them to attain Truth. These practices involve:

  • Visualization of the image of Allah’s personal name (Ism-e-Allah Zaat)
  • Visualization of the image of the Holy Prophet’s name (Ism-e-Muhammad)
  • Zikar of Kalma Tayyaba
  • Remembrance of death and grave.

According to him these four practices ensure two exceptional blessings for the follower, viz.

  • Beholding of Allah’s light
  • Permanent presence in the Holy Prophet’s court.

He laid emphasis not only on physical cleanliness but also on spiritual purification and edification. Without accomplishing these two factors, one cannot acquire union or nearness with Allah. To convey these preachings to the pursuer of Truth, a descendant of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo, a saint of highest rank Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali (Allah Bless His Soul) founded an organization named “Islahee Jamaat” (Edifying Group).

Mi Fatima Mastoin (Intoxicated)

Once Sultan sahib was traveling through Dera Ghazi Khan with few dervishes and they came to a village near a town called Fatha Khan. The dervishes decided to have something to eat and have a little rest for a while. They went to a house of a di (wet mother) and asked her to cook them some chapatis on the tandoor (oven). She replied that my daughter is suffering from eye infection and she is in great pain as you can see she doesn’t stop crying.

Sultan sahib told her not to worry and that he will look after her. In the meantime, the faqeers went to fetch some woods for fire and the lady was making the dough. The little girl was in the cradle and Sultan Sahib was sitting by her and gave her one glance of Zakir Ism Allah and she was engaged in such a Ziker that her whole body was echoing with it. She was ceased crying .

When the mother didn’t hear her baby crying she came running to the cradle and said oh old man what have you done to my baby, you haven’t strangled her or killed her? Sultan sahib said! I haven’t killed her but I have given her such a new life that she will forever and she wouldn’t need her cradle rocked. When she lifted the sheet from the baby’s face what she saw was strange.

Her baby’s face was shining and her whole body was echoing Allah-Ho Hoo and she was in state of intoxication. The mother was shocked and felt the effect of the sight her heart to start chanting Ziker. She begged Sultan sahib for forgiveness for the remarks she made. The news got around the village and whoever looked at her their heart would be livened with the Ziker. She was known as Mi Fatima Mastoin (intoxicated). Her shrine is famous as a living grave (term used for the Mizars from where one gets instantaneous response and guidance of the true path of Allah). (Mokhzanal Israr)

Encounter with Sheer Shah Sahib

Sultan Sahib was on another journey and was engaged in Ziker in a forest. There were some disciples of Sheer Shah sahib collecting firewoods. One of them came near Sultan Sahib and gave his Asslam, Sultan Sahib looked at him and answered him back. That persons heart start performing the Ziker (the feeling is so sensational that one has to feel it themselves in order to find out) he fell on the feet of Sultan Sahib and started crying with joy of continues internal Ziker.

The other colleague observed him crying and went over to investigate. He also had a glance from Sultan Sahib and his heart start performing Zikar and he too started crying at the feet of Sultan sahib. The third discipline observed the state of his companion’s, he lifts the woods and ran back to report the matter to Sheer Shah sahib. When Shah sahib learned the fate of his two disciples he came to the spot where Sultan sahib was engaged in Ziker. In the meantime, Sultan sahib disguised his spirituality.

Sheer Shah Sahib said to Sultan sahib “I don’t know who you are, a magician or some fake, I will report you to the court of Rasool Allah (blessing and salutation be on him). Sultan Sahib replied that we will meet there and tomorrow we shall meet again. When Sheer Shah Sahib entered the court of Rasool Allah (blessing and salutation be on him) he was observing everyone there but he was unable to visualize Sultan Sahib.

While he was looking for Sultan sahib he saw a child emerging from sleeve of Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him) sleeve and Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him) kissed the child and passed over to ela a bait and companions (Allah be pleased with them) and further along to all those present in that meeting, eventually the child came to Sheer Shah Sahib and start playing with their beard and pulled two hairs from it.

Sheer Shah sahib didn’t react due to the respect and dignity of Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him). The child went back and disappeared in the sleeve of Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him). Next day Sheer Shah Sahib came up to Sultan Sahib and said; “I told you that you are some fraudulent impostor I didn’t see you at the court of Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him) last night”.

Sultan Sahib replied, “Shah sahib how many witnesses are acceptable in the Islamic divine law”. Shah Sahib said;”two”. Sultan sahib presented him with the two hair of Shah sahib’s beard and said to them that here are the witnesses. Shah sahib was embarrassed and apologized for his outburst.

He further requested Sultan Sahib to take him as a disciple and elevate him to further spiritual levels. Sultan sahib granted him his wish and further told him that there are some high level in the court of Rasool Allah’s (blessing and salutation on him) that all friends of Allah Almighty could not see them, that was the reason you was unable to see me.(Mokhzanal Israr)

Ahu Bahoo (Bahoo and his Deer)

In a journey towards Wadi of Soon Skaser Sultan Sahib saw a young shepherd aged about twelve years. Sultan Sahib looked at the boy and his heartfelt the rhythm and vibrations of Ziker that the boy left his flock and start following Sultan sahib. When they reached Kalar Khar in Chakwal and Sultan Sahib entered the cave for Ziker and the young boy and another dervish stayed outside.

The same evening month of Ramadan’s moon was sighted and Ramadan started. The young shepherd saw a deer coming towards him with a handkerchief with two chapattis in it hanging on its horn. He took the handkerchief and eat one chapatti then and left the other for Sahari. This routine continued throughout the month of Ramadan. On the last day of the Ramadan, the new moon was sighted and people start beating the drum in the happiness of Eid.

Sultan Sahib remained in the cave throughout the month of Ramadan and with the noise of drum beats, he came out and asked about the noise he was told that it is the end of Ramadan. Sultan sahib said; “I have been in the cave and didn’t realize and a month of Ramadan has passed. Sultan Sahib asked the young shepherd boy about his food. He told him that a deer was coming from the jungle with two chapattis in a cloth hanging on his horn, he explained his routine.

Sultan sahib glanced at the jungle and the deer came out and said that I would like to be with Allah Almighty. Sultan sahib Allah Almighty’s Ism’s concentration to the deer and the heart of dear couldn’t sustain it and died on the spot. Than Sultan Sahib turned to The boy and asked him his name he forgot his own name. Sultan sahib said that your name is Bahoo. He asked him what would you like he said the same as the deer.

Sultan Sahib asked him three times and he answered the same. When the boy received the Ism Allah Almighty’s concentration and his hair on his body start chanting the Ziker of Allah Almighty. His heart could not sustain the powerful concentration and passed away after a short while. There were couple of pigeons on a branch overlooking the incidents they start chanting Haq Bahoo. Sultan sahib was burring the deer and young Bahoo and the people recognized Sultan Sahib.

The saying is that some time prior to Sultan sahib Baba Fareed Ud Deen Gangshakar passed by that way and there is a huge reservoir and some ladies were getting water from it. Baba sahib asked one of them for some water she replied that the water is bitter at which Baba Sahib replied so it will be bitter. When someone wanted to drink the water and it was bitter. They found out what happened they went in search of Baba sahib but without any luck.

The people of the area were told by some wise man the person of such description will be able to get you the drinking water. The people requested Sultan sahib to turn the bitter water into sweet water. Sultan sahib said that no one is able to make it sweet the person who had turned it into bitter is the one who can turn it back. He further said that I can get you a new source of water.

He pointed a spot and asked them to dig and the water starts gushing through. The source of water is so big that few yards from it is a water mill. The water is the same ever since. (By Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Moazam Ali)

The beautiful Mizar of Ahu Bahoo at the hilltop of Kalar Kahar is visited by people from all over the country. It is not merely just a visit but the seekers of closeness of Allah Almighty get their fulfillment from there.

The Haq Bahoo chanting pair of pigeons followed Sultan sahib back to Shoorkote and for few weeks stayed on the trees and then they were housed in a room. The descendants of those birds are still at the Durbar of Sultan Sahib, Sultan Sahibs parents Durbar, Sultan Peer Sayeed Bahadur Shah Sahib, Durbar of Sultan Abdul Aziz (Allah bless their souls. There might be other places where they are kept.

At the Durbar of Hadrat Sultan Abdul Aziz (Allah bless his Soul) by the room next to Head office of Islahee Jamaat one could hear them all at once in a form of chorus at about 3am but also during the day as well, but not like the early morning experience.

Descendants

Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (Allah bless his soul) mentions himself in his poetry as:

Abiding by the rules of Shariat he espoused four times.

Wives of Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo:

  • One of his wives belonged to the house of Hadrat Makhdoom Burhan Langar Makhdoom. Hadrat Makhdoom was the son of Hadrat Sheikh Baha Ud Din Baha ul Haq and a close companion of Hadrat Ghaus ul Mulk, Sheikh ul Islam, Sheikh Baha Ud Din Zakaria. (Manaqib e Sultani)
  • His second wife was from the Awan tribe (Monaqib Sultani 29)
  • His third wife was from a tribe closely related to Awan.
  • His fourth wife belonged to a Hindu accountant’s family whose proposal was given to Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo after an invitation to the shrine of Ghaus Baha ul Haq. She embraced Islam before entering in the bond of marriage.

Children of Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo:
Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo had eight sons. He also had one daughter names Mai Rehmat Khatoon. The family tree of Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo is as follows:

  • Hadrat Sultan Noor Muhammad (had children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Wali Muhammad (had children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Lateef Muhammad (had children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Saleh Muhammad (no children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Ishaq Muhammad (no children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Fateh Muhammad (no children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Shareef Muhammad (no children)
  • Hadrat Sultan Hayat Muhammad (no children)

It has been three centuries since Hadrat Sultan ul Arifeen passed away. In this time his family has spread substantially. According to an approximation, the family count has reached about two hundred and fifty which includes men and women.

  • Hadrat Sultan Noor Muhammad, his eldest son’s posterity is inhabited in the village of Qazi near Layyah. They are agriculturists and herbalists by profession.
  • From Hadrat Sultan ul Arifeen’s second child, Sultan Wali Muhammad there shoot two sub-branches:
  • From the sons of Sultan Azmat, son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain, Sultan Haji Sharif Ahmed, and Muhammad Yar.; and their sons Ghaus Baksh and Rab Nawaz whose following is set in Ahmedpur Sharkia near Rahim Yar Khan. They are heir to the following of Hadrat Sultan Azmat (son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain, son of Sultan Wali Muhammad). Their daily needs are fulfilled by the aid received from the following and agricultural income.
  • The sons of Sultan Noor Muhammad (son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain, son of Sultan Wli Muhammad) are inhabited in Chah Samandari near the old tomb of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo. Most of the descendants are agriculturists and followers of Tareeqat whereas some even joined government service.
  • Sultan Hafiz Muhammad (son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain, son of Wali Muhammad) is the third son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain. His descendants are inhabited at the present tomb of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo and are heirs of the following of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo. They own vast agricultural land and are also employed in government services.

Some of the descendants of Yar Muhammad, second son of Sultan Azmat, are also inhabited at the tomb of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo

  • Sultan Noor Muhammad, Village Qazi near city Layyah
  • Sultan Wali Muhammad, Rahim Yar Khan, Hadrat Sultan Bahoo and Chah Samandari
  • Sultan Lateef Muhammad, Sabzal Kot, Bahawalpur

The descendants of Sultan Lateef Muhammad, son of Sultan Bahoo, are scarcely populated in Sabzal Kot near Bahawalpur. Their following faced financial hardships and anonymity and finally the following stopped functioning. It must be reiterated that the descendants of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo spread through his three sons only and presently only two of these sons have continuing descendants i.e. Sultan Noor Muhammad and Sultan Wali Muhammad.

It must also be kept in mind that the heir of Faqr, passed on by Hadrat Sultan ul Arifeen, is Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Muhammad Abdul Aziz whose tomb is located just half a kilometer East of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo’s tomb.

Sultan Muhammad Abdul Aziz (son of Sultan Fateh Muhammad, son of Sultan Ghulam Rasool, son of Sultan Ghulam Meeran, son of Sultan Wali Muhammad, son of Sultan Noor Muhammad, son of Sultan Muhammad Hussain, son of Sultan Wali Muhammad, son of Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo.) migrated from Chah Samandari to the present tomb of Hadrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo, where his sons: Sultan Muhammad Safdar Ali, the sixth Sultan ul Faqr Sultan Asghar Ali, Sultan Muhammad Farooq Ali spread the realization of Ism e Allah. His fourth son Sultan Muazzam Ali is still living.

The eldest son of Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Asghar Ali, Sultan Muhammad Ali is heir to the throne of Faqr and heads the following of Hadrat Sultan Muhammad Abdul Aziz. Sultan Muhammad Ali is the Patron in Chief of Islahee Jamaat and Tanzeem ul Arifeen and the successor of Faqr e Muhammadi.

He has the charge of distributing Ism e Allah to the seekers of truth. This following holds the annual Jashn e Milad e Mustafa on every 12 and 13 of April. It also has the renowned “Jamia Ghausia Azizia Anwar Bahoo” where religious education is being imparted. Muhammadia Haideria Sultania Awan club is also a member group of this following.

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