Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sultan Baho-Alif Allah Chambay Di Booti

Sultan Bahu (Punjabi: سلطان باہو) (ca 1628 - 1691) was a Muslim Sufi and saint, who founded the Sarwari Qadiri Sufi order. Darbar Hazrat sultan Bahoo is located near Garh More city. Sultan Bahu belonged to Awan tribe and was born in Anga, Soon Valley Sakesar (Vadi-e-Soon Sakesar). Like many other sufi saints of South Asia, Sultan Bahu was also a prolific writer, with more than forty books on Sufism attributed to him. Most of His books are in Persian language. However, as the majority of his books deal with specialised 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. His poetry has been translated to many languages specially in Urdu, English etc. in todays post I have selected his most famous Qalam which has been sung by many singers as well.

الف اللہ چمبے دی بوٹی
ميرے من وچ مرشد لائی ہو
نفی اثبات دا پانی مليا
ہر رگے ہر جائی ہو

اندر بوٹی مشک مچايا
جاں پھلاں تے آئی ہو

جيوے مرشد کامل باھو
جيں اے بوٹی لائی ہو

Alif Allah chambay di booti
Mere man vich murshad laai… hoo…

Nafi asbat da pani milya
Har ragay har jaai… hoo…
Andar booti mushak machaya
Jaan phulaan te aai… hoo…
Jeevay murshad kamil bahu
Jain ae booti laai… hoo…


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