Sultan ul Arifeen
Sultan-ul-Arifeen literally means the king of Mystics whereby ‘Sultan’ is an Arabic word referring to king and ‘Arifeen’ refers to Mystics. Such elevated titles are granted by the Mohammadan Assembly on the basis of a Saint’s spiritual rank and status. Sultan-ul-Arifeen is a supreme title of authority specific for Sultan Bahoo, the most revered Saint in the Islamic history of Sufism.
Arif (Mystic) is one who has spiritually elevated and reached the level of realm of Divinity (Lahoot). Vision of Allah and presence in Mohammadan Assembly are blessed upon him. Arif (Mystic) remains eternally engrossed in Divine Vision and perform his prayers while beholding Him.
Mystic annihilated in Allah (Arif Allah)
At this stage Arif (Mystic) has negated the world and reached where he remains annihilated in the Essence of Allah.
Mystic immortal with Allah (Arif Billah)
This rank is higher than the prior mentioned ranks. Mystic immortal with Allah is one who has elevated to the level of realm of Incomparable and Unknowable (HaHoohiyat) and becomes One with Allah. All the Divine secrets and knowledge is revealed upon him. He becomes the complete manifestation of Allah and appointed at the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion. They are also termed as immortal Mystic.
Sultan-ul-Arifeen the title of Sultan Bahoo
Sultan ul Arifeen is the title of Sultan Bahoo as he is the king of all Mystics. He was born a Saint. His mother Rasti Bibi was informed of his spiritual status before his birth as she was a Mystic herself. His sacred forehead was illumined with Divinity. One of his miracle was whomsoever his eyes fell upon, at once recited shahada and embraced Islam. He searched for spiritual guide but he could not find one of his standing. After thirty years he took oath of allegiance on the hands of Holy Prophet (pbuh), Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani trained him. Physically he took oath of allegiance on the hands of Shaikh Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi. He received Ism-e-Allah Zaat from him in his first meeting. Then he adorned the throne of guidance and persuasion after he passed away.
Sultan ul Arifeen Sultan Bahoo Books
He wrote more than 140 books on teachings of Faqr to guide seekers of Allah to the gnosis of Allah and Divine vision. The miraculous element of his books is such that whoever reads his book with sincerity seeking the vision of Allah, either gets the guidance of Sultan Bahoo or is directed towards the ‘rightful spiritual heir’ of Sultan Bahoo. His beneficence is still continued and will be till doomsday.
Other titles of Sultan Bahoo
He also owns the grand title of Sultan-ul-Faqr. Mystics and Fakirs are stationed higher than the Saints but Sultan-ul-Faqr is the most honoured title among them. However, Holy Prophet (pbuh) also bestowed him the title of ‘Mustafa Sani’ and ‘Mujtaba Aakhir Zamani’ which means ‘Mustafa the second and Mujtaba of the last era’. Sultan Bahoo declares:
اکمل کامل مکمل جامع ہم نور الہدیٰ
مالک المکی مراتب فقیر فی اللہ با خدا
Explanation: I am the perfect, accomplished, supreme, and comprehensive spiritual guide possessing the absolute light of guidance and I hold the rank of Fakir who is the master of worlds. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)
Meaning of name Bahoo
‘Ba’ means ‘remains with’ and ‘Hoo’ is ‘Allah’. Allah has called Himself Hoo in Holy Quran:
ھُوَ اللہُ الّٰذِیْ لَآ اِلٰہَ اِلَّا ھُوْ
Meaning: Hoo (ھُو) is Allah, no one is to be worshipped except Hoo.
Hence, Bahoo means one who “remains with Hoo”. Bibi Rasti named him Bahoo, before him no one was ever named Bahoo. He was always engrossed in Hoo and become immortal with Allah. He is the exact manifestation of Divine name Hoo. Bahoo is never apart from Allah. Sultan Bahoo writes:
اگر باۓ بشریت حائل نبودے باھوؒ عین یا ھُو است
Explaination: He symbolizes ‘Ba’ in his name with his physical self, the human element, whereas Hoo in his name indicates that inwardly he is entirely divine. If human element does not intervene , Bahoo is exact manifestation of Hoo.
Claimant of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Title:
Sacred titles in the world of Islamic Sufism, are bestowed only by the permission of Prophet Mohammad pbuh. Only Sultan Bahoo deserves the title of Sultan ul Arifeen. Sultan ul Arifeen refers to the Sultan of Mystics who has been chosen as Sultan Bahoo by the Mohammadan Assembly. However, many pseudos attach this sacred title next to their names to acquire respect and status among people. Only Prophet Mohammad pbuh can grant and judge who deserves such titles. People who mislead others for the sake of money and fame can neither earn that title nor do they possess the qualities attached to it.
Encyclopaedia of life and Teachings of Sultan Bahoo:
Shams-ul-Fuqara is an urdu book which contains complete and detailed biography and teachings of Sultan Bahoo with authentic references. It is also called encyclopaedia of life and teachings of Sultan Bahoo. This book is written by Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. English translation of this book ‘Sufism the Soul of Islam’ is also available. To read online, download or purchase these books click on the image down below.