Family Of Sultan-ul-Arifeen

WIVES

Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo had four wives:

  1. His first wife belonged to the family of Makhdoom Burhanuddin Ahmad, resident of Langar Makhdoom, district Jhang, Pakistan.

    In short, Makhdoom Burhanuddin belonged to the Soharwardia order and was a spiritual guide. According to a tradition, he was the spiritual successor of Bahauddin Zakariya Multani while according to another tradition, he was his son. (Tazkirah Auliya-e-Jhang)

  2. His second wife was also from Awan
  3. Third wife was his close relative.
  4. His fourth wife belonged to a rich Hindu family. Before marriage she accepted Islam at the hands of Sultan Bahoo.

The author of Manaqib-e-Sultani  narrates the incident of his fourth marriage

The author of Manaqib-e-Sultani narrates this incident as:

  • Once Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo went to Multan (Pakistan) and was sitting on the grave of Bahauddin Zakariya for dawat-e-qaboor. At first, the grave shook but at once it was ordered from Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani:

“O Bahauddin! He is my beloved, you must also love him and grant him whatever he desires”.

On hearing this, the soul of Bahauddin came out of the grave to meet Sultan Bahoo and requested him to order whatever he wanted. Sultan Bahoo ecstatically said that he needed nothing. However, on Bahauddin’s insistence, he demanded a chaste person from his city. Then he left the shrine and went towards the north in rapturous state. Afterwards, while 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 Bahoo asked:

“Who are you?”

She replied:

“I am the daughter of so and so Hindu. When you came out of the shrine of Bahauddin Zakariya, I accepted Islam there and then, as I was ordered by him to serve you. Rather, he ordered me to become your slave.”

Sultan Bahoo married her in the nearby village in the presence of villagers.

CHILDREN

According to Manaqib-e-Sultani, Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo had eight sons. Their names are:

  1. Sultan Noor Mohammad
  2. Sultan Wali Mohammad
  3. Sultan Latif Mohammad
  4. Sultan Saleh Mohammad
  5. Sultan Ishaq Mohammad
  6. Sultan Fateh Mohammad
  7. Sultan Sharif Mohammad
  8. Sultan Hayat Mohammad
  • 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 Sultan Bahoo’s family continued from his three sons

Now Sultan Bahoo’s family continued only from his three sons Sultan Noor Mohammad, Sultan Wali Mohammad and Sultan Latif Mohammad. While, other sons died childless. One of his sons, Sultan Hayat Mohammad died in childhood.

Sultan Noor Mohammad

After Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo passed away, his eldest son Sultan Noor Mohammad left his shrine and went to Garang Fateh Khan Layyah at the western bank of river Indus (Pakistan). He returned to the shrine after twenty years and died there. Also he was buried in the shrine of Sultan Bahoo. Now his descendants live in Basti Qazi near Layyah.

Sultan Wali Mohammad

Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo’s second son Sultan Wali Mohammad became the first caretaker of his shrine. Now he died during his last travel, near the khanqah of Ghayyasuddin Taigh Harran in the city of Marta which is near Dera Ghazi Khan (now Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan) and was buried there. At the present time, his descendants reside in the vicinity of Chah Samandari (old shrine of Sultan Bahoo), present shrine of Sultan Bahoo in Jhang, Ahmedpur East and Rahim Yar Khan. Equally important is that all the caretakers of shrine of Sultan Bahoo were from the progeny of Sultan Wali Mohammad. Also they inherited his property. Some of them reached high government posts and some became popular in politics. Furthermore, the spiritual guide of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman, Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali’s lineage also reaches Sultan Bahoo through Sultan Wali Mohammad.

Sultan Latif Mohammad

The third son Sultan Latif Mohammad’s descendants lived in Sabzal Kot (Sadiqabad, Pakistan). Moreover this family spent life in poverty and anonymity and at last diminished.

Now, the lineage of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo continued from only two of his sons, Sultan Wali Mohammad and Sultan Noor Mohammad.

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