Death of Sultan Bahoo
Sultan Bahoo Death Date
Sultan Bahoo died at the age of sixty three years at the time of afternoon (Asr) salat, on a Thursday. The date of death of Sultan Bahoo is 1st t Jumada ath-thani, 1102 H (1st March 1691 AD).
Age of Sultan Bahoo
All the biographers agree on the age of Sultan Bahoo. That it was exactly sixty three years at the time of his death according to the lunar calendar.
Sultan Mohammad Nawaz says:
شصت وسہ سال کرد در دنیا رسول
نور محمد باھوؒ را شد ایں حصول
Explanation: Prophet Mohammad spent sixty three years in the world. Similarly, Sultan Bahoo also spent the same period of time in the world.
When did Sultan Bahoo Die per Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali?
Once, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali said to Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman while conversing about the birth and death of Sultan Bahoo:
“His age was exactly sixty three years in accordance with the age of Holy Prophet. Neither a day more nor less. The date of birth and death of Sultan Bahoo are the same.”
Opinion of Different Biographers on Sultan Bahoo Death Date and Birth date
Sultan Hamid author of Manaqib-e-Sultani
In his book Manaqib e Sultani, Sultan Hamid does not write about the date of birth of Sultan Bahoo. Although one expects it to be present in the book as it is the most basic part of a biography. However, Sultan Hamid only mentions the date of demise of Sultan Bahoo to be the Friday of 1st Jumada ath Thani 1102 H.
Opinion of Ahmad Saeed Hamdani according to his various works
Ahmad Saeed Hamdani writes in Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sultan Bahoo (Hayat-o-Taleemat)that he was born in the reign of Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan ascended the throne in 1628 AD. According to this book, Sultan Bahoo was born some time before or after it. He writes 1690 AD as the death year of Sultan Bahoo in this book.
In his book Shama-e-Jamal, Ahmad Saeed Hamdani writes the year of birth somewhere between 1627 AD and 1631 AD. Further, he writes 1690 AD as the year of death. While in his book Ahwal-o-Maqamat Sultan Bahoo, he writes 1631 AD (1040 H) as the year of birth. Then he writes 1691 AD (1102 H) as the year of death of Sultan Bahoo.
Noor Mohammad Kulachvi
Noor Mohammad Kulachvi has written that the year of birth is 1039 H. Then he adds that Sultan Bahoo death date is 1stJumada ath-thani 1102 H in his book Makhzan al-Asrar. Furthermore, in the translation of Nur-ul-Huda Kalan by him, he has written the same date of birth and death. Also he added a detailed note on the life of Sultan Bahoo.
Opinion of Saad Amir Khan Niazi who is the translator of Sultan Bahoo’s Books
Saad Amir Khan Niazi is the translator of Sultan Bahoo’s books. Now he has written that the year of birth is 1039 H. Then he adds that Sultan Bahoo death date is 1stJumada ath-thani 1102 H. He writes these dates in the biography of Sultan Bahoo given at the beginning of the translations. The translations include Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan, Shams-ul-Arifeen, Ain-ul-Faqr, Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan and Nur-ul-Huda Kalan.
Tariq Ismail Sagar author of Sahib-e-Lolaak
Tariq Ismail Sagar has written the year of birth 1631 AD and year of death of Sultan Bahoo as 1691 AD in Sahib-e-Lolaak.
Sultan Altaf Ali author of Mirat-e-Sultan
In Mirat-e-Sultan (Bahoo Nama Kamil)Sultan Altaf Ali, writes the year of birth as 1039 H. Then he adds the month of birth in these words:
“He must be born at the end of Shaban in the mentioned year because according to the traditions, he avoided having mother feed during the days of Ramadan.”
According to this argument the age of Sultan Bahoo calculates to sixty two years, seven months and five days. Instead of sixty three years which is against the facts. Sultan Bahoo avoiding mother feed in Ramadan does not prove that he was born in Shaban. Had he been born a few months before Shaban, even then he would not have taken mother feed in Ramadan. If Sultan Altaf Ali’s argument is accepted, it will create confusion about the age of Sultan Bahoo. It is unanimously accepted to be exactly sixty three years. Hence, his argument is not valid. However, he writes Sultan Bahoo death date the same as others have written. Which is 1st Jumada ath-thani, 1102 H on Thursday, at the time of afternoon (Asr) salat.
Birth and Death Dates calculated
There is consensus of all biographers of Sultan Bahoo that his age was exactly sixty three years. Hence it was neither a day more nor less. The year of birth is consented by most to be 1039 H. So what is the date of Sultan Bahoo death? Well based on different opinions, the most agreed upon date of death of Sultan Bahoo is to be 1st Jumada ath-thani, 1102 Hijri.
Subtract sixty three years from 1102, the year of birth confirms to 1039 H. As far as the date of birth is concerned, it is obvious that if his date of birth is considered to be the same as the date of death i.e. 1st Jumada ath-thani. Only then his age would be exactly sixty years, as was Prophet Mohammad’s age.
How did Sultan Bahoo Die?
Sultan Bahoo had a natural death. He followed the Sunna of Prophet Mohammad, i.e. his date of birth and date of death are the same. According to the aforementioned facts, Sultan Bahoo was born on Thursday 1st Jumada ath-thani 1039 H. Sultan Bahoo death occurred on Thursday 1st Jumada ath-thani 1102 H. Just like Prophet Mohammad he lived for exactly sixty three years, not a day more or a day less.
What Place did Sultan Bahoo Die?
Sultan Bahoo died in Shorkot. Initially, he was buried in Fort Qehrgan at the western bank of River Chenab, Shorkot, Pakistan. The course of river Chenab kept on changing, therefore, the shrine had to be relocated twice. People at the time of relocation of his grave witnessed it to be intact and a strong unique fragrance saturated the atmosphere for several days. The present shrine of Sultan Bahoo is in Garh Maharaja, Punjab. Shorkot, the city where Sultan Bahoo died is a few miles in the east from the shrine, across river Jehlum and Chenab. Undoubtedly, the shrine is a source of Divine beneficence for millions of seekers of Allah from around the world.