In terms of Shariat, a Karamat (miracle by a wali Allah) is a supernatural power shown by saints. It is an unusual spiritual power bestowed by Allah upon His sacred men. A Mojza is a miracle by a Prophet and Karamat is a miracle by a saint.
Karamat is of two types, the one is material and extrinsic while the other is spiritual or intrinsic. The material or extrinsic miracle is for common people because those who can see only the material things accept only material miracles, while the spiritual and intrinsic miracles are for the special ones, who have some knowledge of spirituality. The material miracles can be a satanic deception, which can also be shown by the non Muslims, Hindu ascetics or magicians e.g walking on water, flying in air, making an ill person well or a well person ill or mad, tell the invisible or hidden secrets. The Arifeens (knowers) do not consider these magics a miracle. In the way of Faqr, these are just immodest and impure behaviors.
The spiritual or intrinsic miracle is to change ones heart, start Zikr (invocation) of Ism-e-Allah Zaat in one’s heart, bless someone with Divine Union with just one glace, make some illiterate a scholar or give such knowledge to a person which he does not know before, take someone to the status of Fana-Fi-Shaikh (annihilated in Shaikh), Fana Fillah (annihilated in Allah), Baqa Billah (become immortal with Allah), make a materialistic person an Arif (a knower) just by one glance, submerge someone in Divine Vision and Union without any mystic struggle or lengthy prayers. These spiritual miracles of Arifeen are only for the special seekers of Allah and there is not any satanic deception in them.
Sultan Bahoo Miracles
There are several extrinsic and intrinsic miracles of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh, some of them are mentioned below:
- One of his very famous miracles is that since childhood, he turned a non-Muslim to a Muslim just by his one glance. This one of his miracle continued throughout his life.
- His second biggest miracle is his books. He had not got apparent education from any school and could not read or write, still he wrote 140 books in Persian, the customary language of his age.
This miracle of his books has been observed by his devotees that if read with complete faith, respect and sincerity after ablution, the heart of the reader becomes enlightened. The letters of his books are an absolute light and the statements are complete inspirations. He declares in all his books that “If someone could not find a murshid, he should make any of my book his guide and medium, I will definitely guide him to his eternal destination”. It is observed that a sincere reader of his books definitely finds a murshid according to his desire. But for the blind hearted people he says “those blind, black hearted persons who are eternally deprived of Divine knowledge will never like my books”.
Another miracle of his books is that they have treasures of Divine knowledge and secrets for all the seekers, regardless of their spiritual status. The seeker at initial stage will get guidance from them according to his status, while the seeker at middle or ultimate stage will get beneficence from them accordingly.
- Sultan-ul-Arifeen used to do farming in Shorekot. Once a poor Syed, who had a big family to support and was very worried due to his poverty, was in search of some saint whose pray could make his financial condition better. To fulfill this desire, he started serving a Faqeer. One day the Faqeer asked him what he wished for? He replied, “I have a big family to support and a big loan to return. My sons and daughters have reached the age of marriage but I cannot manage to marry them due to my poverty. All the material sources have finished, now only an invisible spiritual source can solve my problem”. The Faqeer said to him “I give you the address of a perfect saint. Only he can solve your problem. Go to Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo who lives in Shorekot and tell him your problem”. That worried Syed went to Shorekot but he was very much disappointed to see that Sultan-ul-Arifeen was ploughing the fields, he was also told by the people around that they know Sultan Bahoo as a farmer and not as a Faqeer or saint. He was about to return back in disappointment when Sultan-ul-Arifeen, who had become aware of his inner condition, called him. Listening his voice, Syed felt encouraged and decided to tell him his problem. He came near Sultan-ul-Arifeen, after greetings Sultan-ul-Arifeen asked his intention of coming to him, he told everything. Sultan-ul-Arifeen asked him to hold his plough while he passed the urine. Afterwards, he cleaned himself with an earthen stone and holding that stone he came back to that Syed and said to him “you came here in vain, I cannot help you as, I am a simple Jut”. Syed was already tired of long journey and much worried of his disappointed life, he said angrily “Ok! I must be punished as I am begging from a Jut inspite of being a Syed myself”. Sultan-ul-Arifeen became angry, he threw the stone that was in his hand in anger, saying the verse:
نظر جنہاں دی کیمیا، سونا کردے وٹ
قوم اُتے موقوف نہیں کیا سید کیا جٹ
Meaning: Those, whose sight is alchemy itself, can change a stone into gold, it does not matter whether they are Syed or Jut.
The stone, he threw, tumbled far on the ploughed field and all the stones and clods that came in touch with that stone turned into gold. Syed was petrified and begged for forgiveness at Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s feet. He asked the Syed to stop crying, pick the gold stones and leave silently, if that incident would come in the knowledge of somebody, both of them will be speculated. So, the Syed put the stones in his coverlet and left kissing the feet of Sultan-ul-Arifeen.
- Once, Sultan-ul-Arifeen was travelling in Thal, an area in eastern desert with some of his disciples and dervishes. Someone amongst them asked him about Akseer Nazar (an alchemy sight which changes the innerself of a person, just as, iron is converted into gold by the process of alchemy). At that time, a man nearby was about to lift his bundle of wooden sticks. When Sultan-ul-Arifeen put a glance upon him, he started staring at sky. Sultan-ul-Arifeen said to the person who questioned about Akseer Nazar, that on our return journey, when we will reach here back, then this person will answer your question. So, they set on their journey. When they returned back to this place, where they had found the man with bundle of sticks, they reminded Sultan-ul-Arifeen of the question about Akseer Nazar. He took all the dervishes and disciples to that man who was still in the same condition. The bundle of sticks was lying before him and he was staring at the sky. Sultan-ul-Arifeen said to the disciples to ask their question to that man, but when they asked the man, he remained silent and still like an idol. When he didn’t speak even on calling many times, the disciples requested Sultan-ul-Arifeen to call him. Sultan-ul-Arifeen asked his disciples, what was that man’s condition when they last saw him. They replied, “this man was about to pick his bundle of sticks, when you put a glance upon him, he started staring at the sky”. Sultan-ul-Arifeen said that this man had been in the same condition since then. When Sultan-ul-Arifeen again put glance upon that man he returned to his senses, fell at Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s feet, started weeping bitterly, and requested him to take him back to that same condition. Sultan-ul-Arifeen ordered him to tell everyone about his condition. He said, “Hazoor, when you passed from here last time, I was about to pick my bundle of sticks, you put a glance upon me and just by that attention of your eyes I was submerged in the Divine Vision of Allah and till now, I was enchanted and captured by the pleasure of Divine Vision. Now you have taken me out of that condition. I am really upset and restless, I request you to bless me with that condition again”. Sultan-ul-Arifeen told the disciples that this is a very simple and ordinary example of Akseer Nazar, and said to that man, “pick up your bundle of sticks, you were majzoob Ibn-e-Waqt (one lost in divine meditation and slave to time) before, but now you will be a Saalik Abu-al-Waqt (a seeker of Allah who rules over time). Now you have control over your condition, you can experience that ecstatic state whenever you want”.
- There was a jujube/berry tree in front of the door of Sultan-ul-Arifeen’s tomb. Being in the middle of the way it was a hindrance for the visitors of the shrine and also hid the view of the tomb. The attendants of the shrine and Khalifahs (spiritual successors) of Sultan-ul-Arifeen thought it disrespectful to cut it. One day a blind man came to the shrine, his head struck against the tree while he was entering the tomb. He was injured badly. The attendants and Khalifahs decided to cut that tree the next morning before Fajar Prayer. A Faqeer Hazrat Mohammad Sadique Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh was in seclusion in the tomb those days. He was also included in that mutual consultation. That night, Sultan-ul-Arifeen came in his dream and said to him “why are you cutting my jujube tree, it will go far from here itself”. In the morning ,it was seen that the tree had actually moved ten steps away from its original position. It stood towards the north of the door i.e at the right hand of the visitors. From that day onwards, it was called the “Hazoori Bair”. Devotees come from far off areas to take its fruit as a benediction specially for having children and recovery from illness. If fruit is not available, people take its leaves. Since, Sultan-ul-Arifeen informed Mohammad Sidique Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh about this miracle, so he was entitled as ‘Bair Wala Sahib’ and ‘Makhdoom Sahib Bair Wala’. His disciples used to call him by this title.
- Once Sultan-ul-Arifeen was travelling with dervishes in the area of Dera Ghazi Khan. They passed through a village named Chabri. The companion dervishes requested Sultan-ul-Arifeen to allow them to cook chapattis, as it was noon. He allowed them. A woman in that village used to serve dervishes, they all went to her house. The other dervishes got busy in cooking food with that woman. A baby girl of that woman was sleeping in a crib. She woke up and started crying, the woman asked Sultan-ul-Arifeen to move the crib, so the baby stops crying. Sultan-ul-Arifeen moved the crib and while doing this, enlightened the heart and soul of the girl by his Divine attention with the light of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Then, he turned to the woman and said to her “O’ woman I have moved the crib of your girl in such a way that this movement will keep progressing till Doomsday”. This girl’s name is Hazrat Fatimah Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayha, who belonged to the Baloch tribe “Mustuee”. Her shrine is in Katkar, an area in a village named ‘Fateh Khan’ in Wahwa, Dera Ghazi Khan. Lacs of devotees and hundreds of seekers visit her shrine for gaining beneficence.
- Once, Sultan-ul-Arifeen was visiting the valley of Saun Sakesar. His Khalifah (spiritual successor) Naurang Sultan was with him. They stopped near a beautiful hill of Kalar Kahar (now government has made a picnic spot here). Sultan-ul-Arifeen went in seclusion in a cave of the hill on the 1st of Ramadan and got submerged in the Divine vision. When evening fell Hazrat Sultan Naurang became worried that God knows how long Sultan-ul-Arifeen would remain in this state, and how we would arrange food in this forest. When it was the time of iftaar, a supernatural being appeared in the form of a deer and came down the hill in front of Hazrat Sultan Naurang. There was water in a utensil and food in a cloth on its horns. He put his head down, Hazrat Sultan Naurang heard his Murshid’s voice .
براتِ عاشقاں بر شاخِ آہو
Meaning: Take down your food from the horns of this deer.
So Hazrat Sultan Naurang had his fast opened with that food, afterwards tied the utensils and the cloth with the horns of the deer and let it go. That deer kept providing food to Hazrat Naurang Sultan the whole month of Ramadan at the time of sahar and iftaar.
Sultan-ul-Arifeen remained in the state of Istaghraq (absorbed in Divine Vision) the whole month of Ramadan. When the moon appeared on the night of Eid, drums were beaten in villages nearby which let Sultan-ul-Arifeen come out of his ecstatic state of meditation. He asked Naurang Sultan, what was all that noise about? He replied that the moon of Eid had appeared, Sultan-ul-Arifeen said “oh! has all the Ramadan passed? And what about my prayers, fasts and taraveeh prayers?” he replied “Hazoor you know better”. Inspite of his severe state of Istaghraq (absorbment), Sultan-ul-Arifeen said all his prayers and kept fasts afterwards.
Then that supernatural deer came to Sultan-ul-Arifeen and requested for his Divine attention. When Sultan-ul-Arifeen put a glance upon it, it couldn’t tolerate and died at once. It is said that a dervish was also present there at that time, he requested “Hazoor, I have been at your service for a long time, but you never put such a Divine glance at me”. Sultan-ul-Arifeen blessed him with his attention, he also couldn’t tolerate it and died. Sultan-ul-Arifeen Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh made tombs of both the deer and the dervish side by side. Later on, this place became famous by the name of “Aahoo Bahoo”. ‘Aahoo’ means deer and ‘Bahoo’ shows relation with Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh. This shrine became a sacred place for the visitors.
Till 2001, this place was famous by the name of Aahoo Bahoo but in 2002 its name was changed to “Hoo-b-Hoo”, and someone related these shrines to Syed Shaikh Mohammad Yaqoob Shaheed and Hazrat Shaikh Syed Ishaq Shaheed, sons of Hazrat Ghaus-ul-Azam Razi Allah Anhu’s son Syed Abdul Razzaq Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh and took them under his control, thus changed the actual history.
- Another miracle of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh is related with this place. It is said that water of this place was not sweet and clean, so the people of Kalar Kahar had to bring clean water for drinking from far off areas. Once some women were bringing sweet water for drinking, a saint (according to Mirat-e-Sultani Bahoo Nama Kamil, he was Hazrat Shaikh Fareed-ud-Din Gunj Shakar Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh) passed nearby. He asked for some water, the women replied that water is bitter. The saint said “ok, if you say that it is bitter that it must be bitter”. When these women reached home they found that water had become really bitter. When other people went to the spring from where they used to get sweet water, they found that it had also become bitter. All the people searched for the saint, met him and requested him to forgive the fault of the women, as they couldn’t recognize him, and make the water of the spring sweet again because it was the only source of drinking water for them. The saint replied “now I cannot make the water sweet again but one day the Sultan of Arifeen would pass from this place, you would have to request him, as changing bitter into sweet and useless into useful is his attribute.”
When Sultan-ul-Arifeen had buried the deer and dervish, people of the area came to know that a saint has been present in their area since a month and is busy in prayers in the hill. They met Sultan-ul-Arifeen and presented the problem of water before him. Sitting at his place of seclusion, he threw a stone forcefully at the foot of the hill. A spring started flowing at once from that place. Sultan-ul-Arifeen said to the villagers that this spring will continue till Doomsday. Now this spring is the only source of water for the people of Kalar Kahar and fulfills all their requirements of water. The water of this spring has given birth to a natural lake in Kalar Kahar. Now this place has become a big picnic resort.