Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Miracle of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Among the many marvels of Sultan Bahoo and his shrine, some are quite amazing and interesting than others. One of these outstanding incidents is related to the jujube tree. This tree once stood tall at the entrance of the shrine of Sultan Bahoo. In a way, it was partially covering the path to the shrine.
Where was the coffin hidden?
However, amongst all the retrieved coffins, the dervishes couldn’t identify the coffin of Sultan Bahoo. This stirred up a lot of fear and debate amongst them. Some of them started crying in disappointment. Amongst all of this, Sultan ul Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo made contact with some of the dervishes spiritually and told them about the whereabouts of his coffin. He told them:
“My coffin will surely be found. A man who is worthy enough to touch my body will come tomorrow at dawn. He will locate my coffin and dig it out, until then, rest assured river water will not reach my grave.”
After receiving the inspiration and reassurance from Sultan Bahoo, the dervishes felt relieved. They now eagerly awaited the miracle to happen. The following morning, a man with green veil on his face appeared at dawn. He did not remove the veil from his face so no one knew who he was. He went to the exact location where the coffin of Sultan Bahoo was buried. The mysterious man took the coffin out from its location within Sultan Bahoo Darbar.
The news of the Sultan Bahoo coffin being dug out and transferred to a new place spread like wild fire throughout the area. Consequently thousands of people gathered at the venue. Those lucky devotees had the privilege of seeing the sacred body of Sultan Bahoo. His body was as if someone was just taking a nap. The people who saw this miracle reported that droplets of ablution water were dropping from his sacred beard. When the dervishes opened the coffin, everyone present on the occasion felt a very strong and exotic fragrance which spread into the atmosphere for miles. A large number of devotees present there became spiritually ecstatic and went into trance.
Who was the Man in Veil?
Once, while narrating the details about the shifting of Sultan Bahoo Darbar, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali told Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman:
“That person in veil was Sultan Bahoo himself.”
Was Sultan Bahoo Darbar relocated?
The Sultan Bahoo Darbar had to be relocated twice after his demise from the original place of burial. This was done due to the change in direction of Chenab River.
Where is Sultan Bahoo Darbar?
The Sultan Bahoo Darbar is located in Sultan Bahoo village in Jhang district. The complete address is as follows:
Village Sultan Bahoo via Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, Jhang District, Pakistan.
What was the first Sultan Bahoo Darbar location?
The first Sultan Bahoo Darbar was located in Fort Qehrgan on the western bank of Chenab River, Shorkot, Pakistan.
The first Darbar was his resting place for seventy eight years – from 1102 AH till 1180 AH (1691 AD-1767 AD).
Reason to Shift Sultan Bahoo Mazar to a New Location
In 1180 AH (1767 AD), the rising waters of Chenab River weakened the foundations of the fort which fell afterwards. Gradually the river water came close to the graves within the perimeter of the fort. As a result, the dervishes and junior spiritual successors at the time, took out the coffins they could find and saved them in boxes.
What was second Sultan Bahoo Mazar location
In Samundri, a town near Chenab River, there was a mansion near a well. People used to faint when they entered the mansion. Even the cattle and other animals used to stay away from the mansion. Therefore people had left the area out of fear. However, in reality the mansion was sacred. Sultan ul Arifeen ordered his junior spiritual successors to construct his shrine in the mansion near the well. This place was located close to the darbar. The mansion had been earmarked as the new place for Sultan Bahoo Darbar long before the coffin was transferred there. Thus, the Dervishes built Sultan Bahoo Mazar in the centre of the mansion. They did not bury the coffin, instead they placed it on the ground and constructed the tomb around it.
The second Sultan Bahoo Darbar remained his resting place for 157 years. From 1180 AH till 1336 AH (1767 AD-1917 AD).
Reason to Change Location Again
According to the predictions of Sultan Bahoo, the river water rose once again came close to the shrine. It was the year 1336 AH.
Who was caretaker of Darbar at that time?
At that time Sultan Haji Noor Ahmad was the caretaker of Sultan Bahoo Darbar.
Where was his Coffin?
Dervishes residing in the Sultan Bahoo Mazar tried to take out the coffin of Sultan ul Arifeen from his grave. As a result they found coffins of all his descendants buried around. Yet again his coffin was nowhere to be located despite much effort.
However, since Allah has sent him as the benefactor for every age, for every Muslim and non-Muslim, fortunate and unfortunate, and also as the true successor and representative of Prophet Mohammad in this materialistic age to guide the people on the right path, so his grave had to be saved. That temporary concealment was for some hidden wisdom.
Dream of Sultan Dost Mohammad
One day Sultan Dost Mohammad saw Sultan ul Arifeen in his dream. In the dream Sultan Bahoo asked him to dig the place of the grave deeper. The next day, Sultan Dost Mohammad instructed his men to dig the said place deeper, as they dug deeper and deeper, the signs of coffin started appearing. Once the earth was dug deeper, gusts of fragrance spread in the air. That fragrance was out of this world. At last the workers located the coffin. It had become impossible for people to stay there for long due to the intensity of the fragrance. Therefore no one could stay inside for more than fifteen minutes. The workers took out the coffin with much difficulty. The fragrance was so lasting that it remained on the dresses of those workers even when the dresses got old and torn.
Present Day Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Exact Location of Darbar Hazrat Sultan Bahoo
The present day Darbar is located at a distance of one mile to the north western side of the old location. In six months, the new Sultan Bahoo Darbar, the mosque and the closets which are now present around the mosque were constructed.
Now Sultan Bahoo Darbar is located in a populated area. The city Garh Maharaja is at a distance of two miles from there, Ahmadpur Sial is in the south. In the east, there is city of Shorkot across Jhelum and Chenab River. The Muzzaffar Garh road passes at a distance of one and a half miles towards the west of the tomb. Nowadays, access is very easy because of the concrete road. The pilgrims from Ahmedpur Sial and Garh Maharaja can easily reach the Darbar.
Address: Village Sultan Bahoo via Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, district Jhang, Pakistan.
The dervishes took out the coffin for the second time before the 10th of Muharram, 1336 AH (October, 1917 AD) and kept it safe. The shrine caretakers then buried the coffin at the new place on Friday, April 1918.
People weep while entering Sultan Bahoo Mazar
Perhaps one of the most known and common phenomenon of Sultan Bahoo shrine is its overwhelming aura. Most people find themselves overpowered with emotions such that tears fill their eyes. Darbar Sultan Bahoo is a continuous way of beneficence for all the people seeking spiritual help or guidance. The seekers of Allah know it fully well that it is from Sultan Bahoo’s spiritual order that one can truly connect to Allah and unveil the Divine reality.
Sultan Bahoo Darbar is free from all kinds of heretical practices. As hundreds of Mystics remain in seclusion at the tomb for the sake of attaining vision of Allah and Mohammadan Assembly. Once entered, one does not wish to leave. The seekers of the Divine Truth never return empty handed from Sultan Bahoo Darbar.
Life of Fakir after death
It is a core belief in Islamic Sufism that revered Saints called Fakirs are alive even after their demise. Hence, although they have left their physical body, their presence is still alive for their devotees to nurture from. In addition, it is a fact that countless Muslims bow and beg at Prophet Mohammad pbuh’s tomb so that Allah fulfills their wishes. Likewise, the concept of dargah, shrine, tomb, mazar have all been derived from this source and continues to date. This is because the true lovers of Allah are eternally alive. Physical death does not reduce their beneficence or spiritual power.
Sultan Bahoo himself says:
نام فقیر تنہاں دا باھوؒ ، قبر جنہاں دی جیوے ھو
Explanation: Fakirs are alive even after death and benefit people from their grave.
Motorway to Sultan Bahoo Darbar
These days the local authorities have constructed a Motorway till Shorkot which enjoins Shorkot to all major cities of Pakistan. There is a bridge which connects Sultan Bahoo Mazar to Shorkot, thus has reduced travel time.