Sultan Bahoo The Life and Teachings/Shariat
Those who plot propaganda against Faqr and Fuqara in the name of “Tauheed” often blame Sufi Saints for avoiding Shariat and some even call them abstainers of Shariat. The life of all the true Auliya is an evident proof that all their mystic hard work and struggle in the path of Faqr is completely based upon Taqwa (fear of displeasing Allah). They always believed and preached that Taqwa is the real soul of the religion. Maybe the accusers have observed the lawlessness of the fake and deceptive so called Faqeers who boast of their marvels just to fool people, misunderstood them as real Fuqara and have given their verdict against the true Faqeers on that basis. The fact is that all of the Perfect Fuqara have always acted upon the pure form of Shariat. However, if someone is overcome by the state of majzoobiyat , qalandriyat , sukar , etc. then he may lose his senses but its punishment has been set by Shariat like that of Mansoor Hallaj Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh who was hung to death. Sultan-ul-Faqr sixth Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh says:
"Shariat means the combination of Zahiri (outward) and Batini (inward) knowledge (about the way to please and reach Allah). The one who has just one form of knowledge and acts upon it only, should not claim of being a man of Shariat."
"We got every spiritual status and rank just by following the path of Shariat."
"Without commitment, devotion and obedience to pure Shariat, no station or destination of Faqr can be attained. All the levels of Faqr are achieved by the Beneficence of Shariat." (Mujtaba Aakhir Zamani)
Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh spent his entire life in compliance with the Sunnah of Nabi Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam and his Shariat, to such an extent that not even a single mustahib was left by him. “I followed Shariat and attained all the ranks which I have, through it. I made Shariat as my leader and guide.”
Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh has laid stress on following the purified path of Shariat in a lot of his books and has instructed that without truly following the path of Shariat no one can ever reach any station or destination of Sulook (mystic initiation) and Marifat (Gnosis). All the levels of Faqr are attained by the blessings of Shariat.
"The beginning of a Faqeer is that he wears the dress of Shariat on his body and dives into the ocean of Marifat by becoming familiar with the spiritual states and levels of (closeness to) The Divine Reality." (Aqal-e-Beydar)