Sultan Bahoo The Life and Teachings/Books

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Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh did not get any kind of outward education. Still, there are 140 books written by him. All his books are written in Persian except “Abiyat-e-Bahoo” (verses) which is in Punjabi language. The translators of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo’s books have often written 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 is a translator of Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s books in Urdu, writes in the foreword of the translation of his book Asrar-ul-Qadri that: “As a translator of Sultan Bahoo’s books, I faced the problem that original manuscripts of his books were not available which could be consulted to translate the actual Persian matter properly. If I could have found only a single manuscript written by Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s own sacred hands then the others would not be needed for the translation but unfortunately not even one could be found. All of them were lost and wasted because the khalifahs kept them in their boxes instead of spreading them.” (Page 40)

Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh writes in Ain-ul-Faqr that: "Mohammad Mustafa Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam and I were not apparently educated by anyone. Rather, we were given the Divine Knowledge. Its triumphs and experiences revealed such vast knowledge, intrinsically and extrinsically, that needs infinite number of books to be expressed."

Translations of Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s following books are available in the market:

(1) Abiyaat-e-Bahoo (Punjabi) (2) Deewan-e-Bahoo (Persian) (3) Ain-ul-Faqr (4) Majalisa-tul-Nabi (5) Kaleed-ul-Tauheed (Kalan) (6) Kaleed-ul-Tauheed (Khurd) (7) Shams-ul-Arifeen (8) Ameer-ul-Kaunain (9)Taigh-e-Barhana (10) Risala Roohi Sharif (11) Gunj-ul-Asrar (12) Mehek-ul-Faqr (Khurd) (13) Mehek-ul-Faqr (Kalan) (14) Asrar-e-Qadri (15) Aurang Shahi (16) Jamay-ul-Asrar (17) Aqal-e-Beydar (18) Fazalul-Laqa (Khurd) (19) Fazalul-Laqa (Kalan) (20) Miftah-ul-Arifeen (21) Noor-ul-Huda (Khurd) (22) Noor-ul-Huda (Kalan) (23) Taufeeq-ul-Hidayat (24) Qurb-e-Deedar (25) Ain-ul-Arifeen (26) Kaleed-e-Jannat (27) Muhkam-ul-Fuqara (28) Sultan-ul-Waham (Kalan) (29) Sultan-ul-Waham (Khurd) (30) Deedar Bakhsh (31) Kashaf-ul-Asrar (32) Mohabbat-ul-Asrar (33) Tarfa-tul-Ain.

The script of Sultan-ul-Waham (Kalan and Khurd) was found in 1977 from Syed Sultan Shah Library Jacobabad (Sindh).

Shams-ul-Arifeen is in fact a collection of some chosen topics of Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s books: Kaleed-ul-Tauheed, Qurb-e-Deedar, Majmua-tul-Fazal, Aqal-e-Beydar, Jamay-ul-Asrar, Noor-ul-Huda, Ain Numa and Fazalul-Laqa. It was compiled by Sultan Wali Mohammad, the second son of Sultan-ul-Arifeen. Now, this book is known as a book of Sultan-ul-Arifeen.

In ‘Manaqib-e-Sultani’ and ‘Shams-ul-Arifeen’ names of some books are mentioned which are still unavailable. These books are (1) Majmua-tul-Fazal (2) Ain Numa (3) Talmeez-ur-Rehman (4) Qutb-ul-Iqtab (5) Shams-ul-Aashiqeen (6) Deewan-e-Bahoo Saghir and Kabeer (Persian). Only one Deewan-e-Bahoo is available which is either Saghir or Kabeer.

Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s only Punjabi book which comprises of his Punjabi poetry is available and known by the name of “Abiyat-e-Bahoo.”