Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo was a Sunni Muslim. Moreover he followed Imam Abu Hanifa’s school of thought. About his school of thought he says:
- I follow Imam Abu Hanifa. As he was a Mystic with pure inward and ever remained free of polytheism, infidelity and heresy of music. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
ORDER OF FAQR
In the first place, the spiritual order of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo is Sarwari Qadri. Therefore, in all his books he has declared himself Qadri. Also he elaborates the excellence and ultimate spiritual beneficence of leader of all Saints, Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, from whom this order continues. Now Sultan Bahoo has discussed two off shoots of the Qadri way; Sarwari Qadri and Zahidi Qadri and he belonged to the former. Moreover Sultan Bahoo says about these two offshoots in many of his works. For example in Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan and Ain-ul-Faqr He says:
- Qadri order has two off shoots; Sarwari Qadri and Zahidi Qadri. However, Sarwari Qadri spiritual guide has perfect command over contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Hence, he blesses the seeker with the spiritual education and Divine guidance through Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Moreover grants him the status equal to his own on the very first day. Due to which the seeker becomes indifferent and independent of all needs. All in all his attention remains focused only on the Truth. Hence, gold and soil become equal for him.
On the contrary, the follower of Zahidi Qadri order has to devote at least twelve years to very hard mystic struggles. So much so that his stomach remains empty. After twelve years, he becomes eligible to be present before Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. Then he attains the status of a spiritually lost (majdhub) devotee. While the status of a Sarwari Qadri is that of a beloved devotee. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
The Qadri way is dominant over time and space. Now there are two off-shoots of Qadri way, the Zahidi Qadri and Sarwari Qadri. What is the difference between the two? As Sarwari Qadri is the mystic way that is granted to me by the Prophet. Since he took oath of allegiance from me and commanded me to guide the men of Allah with courage. After blessing me with inward persuasion, he held my hand and entrusted me to Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. Similarly he blessed me and ordered to give spiritual persuasion to people. Now by his grace, every seeker whom I guided thereafter physically or spiritually, through the medium of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad, was bestowed with the presence of the Mohammadan Assembly without any struggle or invocation.
Then, there remained no veil between Allah and that seeker and he observed Ism-e-Allah Zaat wherever he looked. Hence, the Sarwari Qadri way is very beneficent and courageous. On the contrary, in other mystic ways, some seekers burn to death by the blaze of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Some could not bear the burden of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and retreats. While some are apostatized and cursed. (Ain-ul-Faqr)
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