Wives Of Sultan-ul-Arifeen

Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh had four wives:

  1. One of his wives belonged to the family of Hazrat Makhdoom Burhan-ud-Din Ahmad resident of Langar Makhdoom Wala, District Jhang. Hazrat Makhdoom Burhan-ud-Din was a Sahib-e-Irshad (possessor of powers of guiding righteousness) guide of the Soharwardia way. According to a tradition he was a Khalifah (spiritual successor) of Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zikriya Multani, and according to another tradition he was his son. (Tazkara Auliya-e-Jhang)
  2. His second wife belonged to the outer circles of his family of Awans.
  3. The third wife was also his close relative.
  4. His fourth wife belonged to a Hindu money lender family, who accepted Islam at the hands of Sultan-ul-Arifeen, before he married her. The writer of Manaqib-e-Sultani narrates this incident as “Once Sultan-ul-Arifeen went to Multan and sat at the grave of Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zikriya for Dawat-e-Qaboor (recitation of Quran at the grave of a saint to have spiritual benefit from him). At first, the grave shook but at once, it was ordered from Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu ‘Oh Baha-ud-Din! He is my beloved, you must also love him and grant him, whatever he desires’. On hearing this, the soul of Hazrat Baha-ud-Din came out of his grave to meet Sultan-ul-Arifeen and asked him to order, whatever he wanted, so that it may be obeyed. Sultan-ul-Arifeen said ecstatically that he needed nothing. But when Hazrat Baha-ud-Din insisted, he said ‘give a souvenir from some pious man of your city’. Saying this he left the shrine and went towards the north in the state of ecstasy. Afterwards, when he was standing near the river to have ablution, he saw a young maiden standing with shoes in her hands, having blisters in her feet. Sultan-ul-Arifeen asked ‘who are you?’ She replied that ‘I am the daughter of so and so money lender. When you came out of the shrine of Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zikriya, I accepted Islam at once, as I was ordered by him to serve you, rather he ordered me to become your slave. Sultan-ul-Arifeen married her in the nearby village”.

Children of Sultan-ul-Arifeen

According to “Manaqib-e-Sultani” Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh had eight sons. Their names are:

  1. Hazrat Sultan Noor Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  2. Hazrat Sultan Wali Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  3. Hazrat Sultan Latif Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  4. Hazrat Sultan Saleh Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  5. Hazrat Sultan Ishaq Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  6. Hazrat Sultan Fateh Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  7. Hazrat Sultan Sharif Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  8. Hazrat Sultan Hayyat Mohammad Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh
  • Doctor Sultan Altaf Ali writes in “Mirat-e-Sultani, Bahoo Nama Kamil” that he also had a daughter by the name of Mai Rehmat Khatoon.

Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s family continued only from his three sons Hazrat Sultan Noor Mohammad, Hazrat Sultan Wali Mohammad and Hazrat Sultan Latif Mohammad. While other sons did not have children. One of his sons, Sultan Hayat Mohammad died in his childhood.

After the death of Sultan-ul-Arifeen, his eldest son Hazrat Sultan Noor Mohammad left the shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen and went to Garang Fateh Khan Layyah at the western bank of river Indus. He returned back after twenty years and died here, he was buried in the shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen. His descendants live in Basti Qazi near Layyah.

Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s second son Sultan Wali Mohammad held the seat of the Sajadah Nasheen (superior of the shrine). He died near the Khanqah of Hazrat Ghayyas-ud-Din Taigh Harran Aadil Ghazi Shaheed in the city of Marta, which is near Dera Ghazi Khan (now Rahim Yaar Khan) during his last travel there, and was buried there. His descendants are spread in the vicinity of Chah Samandary (old shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen), present shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen, Ahmad Pur Sharqiah and Rahim Yaar Khan. All the Superiors of the shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen were from the descendants of Sultan Wali Mohammad and they also inherited his property. Some of them were appointed at high government posts and some became popular in politics. Sultan-ul-Faqr Sixth Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh’s family lineage also reaches Sultan-ul-Arifeen through Sultan Wali Mohammad.

Some of Sultan Latif Mohammad’s descendants lived in Sabzal Kot (Sadiq Abad). This family spent life in poverty and anonymity and at last diminished. Now, the family lineage of Sultan-ul-Arifeen is carried on only by two sons Sultan Wali Mohammad and Sultan Noor Mohammad.