Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) (Allah bless his Soul) was born on Thursday February 1628 AD 1st Jamadi -us Sani 1039H in Shorkot. Hazrat Sultan sahib’s mother name was Hazrat 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 Bahu (RA). 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 non Muslims looked at his face he would recite kalima tayyiba. Hazrat Sultan sahib (blessing of Allah be on him) has said in his books that I and Hazrat Mohammad blessing and salutation be on him were umies (not had any formal education). Hazrat sultan sahib stated that Allah Almighty has rewarded him with Ilm a laduni (inspired knowledge) and there for there wasn’t any desire for formal education.
At the age of thirty years Sultan sahib saw a vision, in which he saw Hazrat Ali (Allah be pleased with him) on a horse, ordering him to the court of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him. Hazrat Sultan sahib accompanied him to the holy court. There he was ordered to take bait (oath of allegiance) on the hand of Rasool Allah blessing and salutation be on him (rasala roohi). Then the Holy prophet blessing and salutation be on him ordered Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani and said”here is my son and you guide him”. The Sheikh obeyed the order and accepted Sultan sahib as his Disciple. That is how Hazrat Sultan sahib and his followers are called Sarwari Qadri . Sarwari because he took 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 Disciple of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani(RA). If anyone wants to bypass Hadrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani(RA) and he is claiming to be a sufi, he is nothing more then an impostor.
Hazrat Sultan Sahib States inRisaala Roohi; that Hazrat Muhammad (blessing and salutation be on him) gave me divine guidance and said ” Oh Bahu (RA) 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 life style. The duty of a true Sufi is to help such person who has been a victim of Shaitan and nafs’s(inner urges) mischief.
Hazrat Sultan sahib was ordered by Hazrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless her 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. Hazrat Bibi Rasti (Allah bless he soul) said: I cannot be your Sheikh because Hazrat Bibi Fatima (Allah be pleased with her) never took anyone as a disciple, therefor I am unable to carry out this duty.
Hazrat Sultan Sahib visited various Sheikhs but finally took bait (oath) on the hand of Sayed Abdul Rahman Qadri (Allah bless his soul). This incident accord in the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. 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 desciple of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qader Jelani (RA) 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 the from him. That’s how Bibi Rasti Allah bless her told Sultan sahib to find a living Sheikh. Hazrat Sultan sahib said in his books that he had been in search for 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.
Hazrat Sultan sahib is well known as Sultan ul Arifeen. 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 Bahu (RA) 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 understood 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 book as a guide, then one will find it according to his perception. One will find Sultan sahibs spirituality is shinning from his books.
|(Saints) hearts are deeper than oceans. Their mystery is unknown to the common people. As the oceans hide storms, fleets and sailors, in the same way saints hid the mysteries of the whole universe. The fourteen domains/realms (which means 7 skies and 7 lands) are stretched out like a tent in their hearts. (Saints have such a wide and cosmic vision of life. They are open hearted and open minded people.) Only he can realise Allah, O Bahu, who knows the secret of the heart.|