Miracle is the unusual spiritual power bestowed by Allah upon His sacred men. A miracle by a Prophet is called mujiza ( ) in Arabic while that by a Saint is karamat ( ).
Types of miracles
Miracle is of two types. One is outward and extrinsic while the other is spiritual or intrinsic. The outward or extrinsic miracle is for common people because those who can see only the outward things accept only the extrinsic miracles. While, the spiritual and intrinsic miracles are for the special ones who have the knowledge of spirituality. The extrinsic miracles can be satanic deceptions. As even the non-Muslims, Hindu ascetics or magicians can show them like walking on water, flying in the air, revealing the hidden secrets or making an ill person healthy or a healthy person ill or insane. The Mystics do not consider these magics a miracle. In the way of Faqr, these are immodest and impure behaviours.
The spiritual or intrinsic miracle is to change ones inward, to start invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat in one’s soul, bless someone with the Divine union by a single glance, convert an illiterate into a scholar, give such knowledge to a person which he does not possess before, elevate the seeker to the status of annihilation in the spiritual guide, annihilation in Allah and becoming immortal with Him, convert a materialistic person into a Mystic or immerse someone in the Divine vision and union without any mystic struggle or lengthy devotions. These spiritual miracles of Mystics are only for the special seekers of Allah and there is no satanic deception in them.
MIRACLES OF SULTAN-UL-ARIFEEN SULTAN BAHOO
There are several extrinsic and intrinsic miracles of Sultan Bahoo. Some of them are:
Convert non-Muslim into a Muslim
- Since childhood, he could turn a non-Muslim into a Muslim just by a single glance. Moreover this miracle continued throughout his life.
Sultan Bahoo’s books
- His second biggest miracle is his books. Now he did not get formal education from any school and could not read or write, even then he authored 140 books in Persian, the customary language of his age. The miracle of his books, observed by many, is that if one reads any with complete faith, respect and sincerity after ablution, the soul of the reader becomes enlightened. The words of his books are absolute light and the statements form their bases on Divine presence. He declares in all his books:
“If someone could not find a spiritual guide, he should make any of my books his guide and medium. I will definitely guide him to his eternal destination.”
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman has observed that a sincere reader of his books definitely finds a spiritual guide according to his desire. However, for the spiritually blind people he says:
“The spiritually blind unfortunates who are deprived of gnosis since eternity will never like my books.”
Another miracle of his books is that they have treasures of Divine knowledge and mystic secrets for all the seekers and Mystics, whether they are the beginners, at middle level or drowned in Divine Unity at the final level. Hence, the seeker at initial stage will get guidance from them according to his status, while the seeker at middle or final stage will get beneficence accordingly.
Stone turned to gold
- Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo used to farm in Shorkot. Once a poor Sayyid, who had a large family to support, was worried due to his poverty and was in search of a Saint whose prayer could improve his financial plight. To fulfill this desire, he started serving a Fakir. One day, the Fakir asked him what he wished. He replied:
“I have a large family to support and a huge loan to return. My sons and daughters have reached the age of marriage but I cannot manage to get them married due to my poverty. All the material sources have ended. Only some invisible spiritual source can solve my problem now.”
The Fakir said:
“Let me give you the address of a perfect Saint. Only he can solve your problem. Go to Sultan Bahoo who lives in Shorkot and tell him your problem.”
The poor Sayyid went to Shorkot but he was disappointed to see that Sultan Bahoo was ploughing the fields. Nearby people also told him that they knew Sultan Bahoo as a farmer, not as a Fakir or Saint.
He was about to return in disappointment when Sultan Bahoo, who had become aware of his esoteric state, called him. Hearing his voice, Sayyid felt encouraged and decided to tell him his problem. After greetings Sultan Bahoo asked his problem, the Sayyid told everything. Sultan Bahoo requested him to hold his plough while he passed the urine.
This incident continues in book Manaqib-e-Sultani as:
Afterwards, he cleaned himself with an earthen stone and holding that stone he came back to that Sayyid and said:
“You came here in vain, I cannot help you as I am simple farmer.”
Sayyid was already tired of the long journey and much worried due to his troubled life, he said angrily:
“Right then this is my punishment as I am begging from a farmer in spite of being a Sayyid myself.”
This enraged Sultan Bahoo, he threw the stone that was in his hand in fury, saying the verse:
نظر جنہاں دی کیمیا، سونا کردے وٹ
قوم اُتے موقوف نہیں کیا سید کیا جٹ
Explanation: Those, whose sight is alchemy itself, can turn a stone into gold. It does not matter whether they are Sayyid or a farmer.
The stone he threw tumbled far on the ploughed field and all the clods that came in touch with that stone turned into gold. Sayyid was petrified and begged for forgiveness at Sultan Bahoo’s feet. He said to the Sayyid:
“Now, do not cry, pick up the gold stones and leave silently. If anyone would come to know about the incident, both of us will be speculated.”
So, the Sayyid put the stones in his coverlet and left kissing the feet of Sultan Bahoo. (Manaqib-e-Sultani)
- Once Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo was travelling in Thal, an area in the eastern desert of Pakistan, with some of his disciples and Dervishes. Someone amongst them asked him about the alchemic sight. At that time, a man nearby was about to lift his bundle of wooden sticks. When Sultan Bahoo put a glance upon him, he started staring at the sky. Sultan Bahoo said to the disciple who questioned about the alchemic sight:
“On our return journey, when we will reach here, this person will answer your question.”
So, they continued their journey. When they returned to the place where they had found the man with the bundle of sticks, they reminded Sultan Bahoo of the question about alchemic sight. 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 Bahoo ordered his disciples to ask the question to that man but when they asked the man, he remained silent and still like an idol. When he did not speak even on calling many times, the disciples requested Sultan Bahoo to call him. Sultan Bahoo asked his disciples:
“What was this man’s condition when you last saw him?”
“This man was about to pick his bundle of sticks, when you put a glance upon him he started staring at the sky.”
This miracle continues as:
Sultan Bahoo told them that the man had been in the same state since then. When Sultan Bahoo again put a glance upon the man, he returned to his senses. He fell at Sultan Bahoo’s feet and crying bitterly requested to grant him that state again. Sultan Bahoo ordered him to tell everyone about his condition. He said:
“When you passed from here last time, I was about to pick my bundle of sticks. You put a spiritual glance upon me and just by the attention of your sight, I submerged in the vision of Allah. Till now, the pleasure of Divine vision had enchanted and captured me. Now you have taken me out of that state. I am really upset and restless, I request you to bless me with the same condition again.”
Sultan Bahoo told his disciples that this was a very simple and ordinary example of alchemic sight. Then he said to the man:
“Pick up your bundle of sticks, you were earlier a majdhub and slave to time but now you are a traveller of the Divine path who rules over time. Now you have control over your condition, you can experience that ecstatic state whenever you want.” (Manaqib-e-Sultani)
Jujube tree moved
- There was a jujube tree in front of the door of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo’s As it was in the middle of pathway, it was a hindrance for the visitors of shrine and also hid the view of tomb. The attendants of shrine and spiritual successors of Sultan Bahoo 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 badly injured. The attendants and spiritual successors mutually decided to cut the tree next day before the dawn (Fajr) salat. Those days, a Fakir named Mohammad Siddiq who was a man of spiritual states had come from Dera Ismail Khan to stay in seclusion at the shrine. He was also included in the consultation. That night, Sultan Bahoo came in his dream and said:
“Why are you cutting my jujube tree, it will go far from here itself.”
The miracle happened the very next day:
Next morning, the tree had actually moved ten steps away from its original position. It stood towards the north of the door, at right hand of the visitors. From that day onwards, it got famous as the Hazoori Bair (divine jujube). Devotees come from far flung areas to take its fruit as a benediction, especially for childless couples to have children and to recover from illnesses. If the fruit is not available, people take its leaves. Since, Sultan Bahoo informed Mohammad Siddiq about this miracle, so he became famous as ‘Bair Wala Sahib’ and ‘Makhdoom Sahib Bair Wala’. His disciples used to call him by this title. (Manaqib-e-Sultani)
- Once Sultan Bahoo was travelling with Dervishes in the area of Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. They passed from a village named Chabri. Dervishes requested Sultan Bahoo to allow them to cook food as it was time for lunch. He allowed them.
A woman in that village used to serve Dervishes, so they all went to her house. Some of the Dervishes started cooking food with the help of that woman. Meanwhile, the baby girl of the woman who was sleeping in a crib woke up and started crying. The woman asked Sultan Bahoo to swing the crib so the baby would stop crying.
Sultan Bahoo moved the crib and while doing so, enlightened the soul of the girl with the light of Ism-e-Allah Zaat by his attention. Then he turned to the woman and said:
“O woman! I have moved the crib of your girl in such a way that this movement (her spiritual enhancement) will be continued till the doomsday.”
That girl’s name was Fatimah and she belonged to the Baloch tribe ‘Mastoi’. Her shrine is in Katkar, an area in the village ‘Fateh Khan’ in Wahwa, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. Lacs of devotees and hundreds of seekers of Allah visit her shrine for gaining beneficence.
- Once, Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo was visiting the valley of Soon Sakesar. His spiritual successor Sultan Naurang was with him. They stopped near a beautiful hill of Kallar Kahar. On the 1st of Ramadan, Sultan Bahoo went in seclusion in a cave of that hill and got absorbed in the Divine vision. When evening fell, Sultan Naurang became worried about arranging food in the forest. At the time of breaking fast, a supernatural being appeared in the form of a deer and came down the hill near Sultan Naurang. There was some water in a utensil and food in a cloth on its horns. Sultan Naurang heard Sultan Bahoo saying:
براتِ عاشقاں بر شاخِ آہو
Meaning: True love goes unrewarded.
(It is a Persian proverb. Here it means that the food sent for Sultan Naurang was not as a reward for his true love rather it was just to fulfill his need.)
Sultan Naurang broke his fast with that provision, afterwards he tied the utensils and the cloth with the horns of deer and let it go. The deer kept providing food to Naurang Sultan the whole month of Ramadan before dawn for keeping the fast and at dusk for breaking the fast.
Sultan Bahoo remained in the state of spiritual absorption the whole month of Ramadan. When the moon appeared on the night of Eid, drums started to beat in the villages nearby which let Sultan Bahoo come out of his state of meditation.
The incident continues as:
He asked Naurang Sultan what the noise was all about. He replied that the Eid moon had been sighted. Sultan Bahoo exclaimed:
“Oh! Has all the Ramadan passed? And what about my prayers, fasts and taravih prayers?”
He replied, “My lord! You know better.”
In spite of his intense state of spiritual absorption, Sultan Bahoo offered all his prayers and kept fasts afterwards.
Then, the supernatural deer came to Sultan Bahoo and requested for his attention. When Sultan Bahoo put a glance, it could not bear the attention and died at once. It is famous that a Dervish was also present there. He requested Sultan Bahoo:
“My lord, I have been in your service for a long time but you never put such a glance upon me.”
Sultan Bahoo blessed him too with his attention, he also could not endure it and died. Sultan Bahoo 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 Bahoo. Their shrine has become a sacred place for the visitors.
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen’s visits of Aahoo Bahoo
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman has visited this place and the seclusion cave of Sultan Bahoo many times because his beloved spiritual guide used to go to Uchali Sharif, a beautiful area in the valley of Soon Sakesar, during summer every year and he would go to Uchali to meet him via Kallar Kahar from the Motorway. So, he had the privilege of visiting this place at least fifteen times a year.
Till 2001, this place was famous by the name of Aahoo Bahoo but in 2002 its name was changed to Hoo-b-Hoo, because someone had taken these shrines under his control and related them to Shaikh Mohammad Yaqoob Shaheed and Shaikh Ishaq Shaheed, sons of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s son Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Razzaq Jilani, thus changing the actual course of history.
- Another miracle of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo relates to the aforementioned place. It is famous that the water of this place was not sweet and clean. The people of Kallar Kahar had to bring clean water for drinking from far off areas. Once some women were bringing sweet water for drinking when a Saint (according to the book Mirat-e-Sultani (Bahoo Nama Kamil), he was Fariduddin Ganjshakar) passed by. He requested for some water but the women lied that the water was bitter. The Saint replied:
“Alright! If you say the water is bitter, then it must be bitter.”
When those women reached home, they found that water had actually become 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 of them started searching that Saint. When they found him, they requested him to forgive the women as they could not recognize his status, and begged to make the water of the spring sweet again because it was the only source of drinking water for them.
This incident continues as:
The Saint replied, “I cannot make the water sweet again but one day the king of Mystics 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 Bahoo had buried the deer and Dervish, people of the village came to know that a Saint had been present in their area since a month and was engaged in prayers in the hill cave. Hence, they met Sultan Bahoo and presented the problem of bitter water before him. Sitting at his place of seclusion, he threw a stone forcefully at the foot of hill. At once, a spring started flowing from there. Sultan Bahoo declared that the spring would continue till the doomsday. Now, this spring is the only source of water for the people of Kallar Kahar and fulfills all their requirements of water. The water of this spring has given birth to a natural lake in Kallar Kahar. This place has become a big picnic resort now.