Kalam e Bahoo

Introduction of Kalam e Bahoo

Kalam e Bahoo is Punjabi poetry of Sultan-ul-Arifeen. He  wrote 140 books of which 32 are available including poetry. Of this collection, 31 are in Persian of which 30 are prose and 1 is based on poetry Diwan-e-Bahoo. In Punjabi, one of his Si Harfi (30 part poetry whereby each couplet starts with an alphabet) Diwan is found popularly known as Kalam e Bahoo. It is quite interesting to note that he summarized all his teachings present in his Persian books in Kalam e Bahoo. Kalam e Bahoo is in Punjabi Saraiki language is the essence of his teachings. 

After the extinction of Persian in the subcontinent, he gained popularity in the subcontinent especially in the international level through his Kalam e Bahoo. The marvel and specialty of Kalam e Bahoo is that it is read and listened in all the spiritual orders, shrines, religious gatherings, mosques and religious lectures of all spiritual orders. They are equally popular among the people belonging to the rural and urban areas of all provinces. Abyat is an Arabic word which is the plural of bayt which is usually taken to be a two-lined poetry and sometimes more than that. The Kalam-e-Bahoo is based upon 4 lines known as Abyat-e-Bahoo where one line is known as bayt.

Teachings of Kalam e Bahoo

Sultan Bahoo reformed the foundation of Islam through his teachings of Faqr. His teachings enlighten people with the essence of Islam and the message of Prophet Mohammad. Although he did not acquire worldly education but he was immensely endowed with spiritual education. He dedicated his life in spreading the word of Allah to the best of his physical and spiritual abilities. During his lifetime, he was able to write 140 books which are pearls of wisdom and the crux of religion. All dimensions of spirituality and schools of thought either connect or originate from him. Hence, his teachings can also be taken as the doctrine of spirituality, Tasawuf, Sufism and all names given to the inner way of reaching the Creator. His Punjabi Poetry is the summary of his literary writings and possibly beyond them. 

Key Topics of Kalam e Bahoo

Abyat-e-Bahoo core teachings revolved around the following topics:

Kalam e Bahoo comprehensively explains Seeker of Allah, Irfan-e-Nafs, Ism-e-Allah Zaat, Sultan of Invocation Hoo, Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Mohammad, Murshid-e-Kamil Akmal, Ishq-e-Haqeeqi, Majlis-e-Mohammadi, Deedar-e-Elahi, Faqeer-e-Kamil (Insan-e-Kamil), Tauheed (Wahdat-ul-Wajood), Mohabbat Ahl-e-Bait, Ghaus-ul-Azam Syedna Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani RA, Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Nafs, Turk-e-Duniya, Rayakari, Ikhlas-e-Niyat, Tasleem-o-Raza, Tawakkal, Hazoor-e-Qalb, Ajiz-o-Inkasari, Wafa-o-Qurbani, Taufeeq-e-Elahi, Kalma Tayyab, Fiqr or Tafakkar, Isteqamat, Ilm…

Authentic Book

The most authentic book in market on Kalam-e-Bahoo is khown as  ” Abyat e Bahoo Kamil ” 

It has been written in a unique manner because it is not just a compilation of a previous book or note but it involved the investigation of years old hand-written and published manuscripts. One of reviews highlights the fact that it also involved the special spiritual guidance of Sultan Bahoo himself.

Kalam e Bahoo has been compiled for the seekers of Allah. It contains those teachings of Sufism and Spirituality after studying which they can reach eternally elevated stations of Divine Union and Closeness. Kalam e Bahoo is in Punjabi and Saraiki is a treasured gift for all schools of thought, seekers, common people and lovers of Sufi poetry.

Hence, to date, this book written by Sultan-ul-Ashqieen Sultan Mohammad Najb-ur-Rehman is the most authentic work on Kalam e Bahoo.


He has chosen the term Faqr for his teachings instead of the conventional terms like spirituality or mysticism. His teachings emphasize on acquiring the path of Allah and righteousness. The most essential thing in the way is guidance of perfect spiritual guide of Sarwari Qadri order who is the man of Divine Essence and the absolute light of guidance. According to him, the perfect spiritual guide is one who gives the Ism-e-Allah Zaat written in golden letters to the seeker on very first day and orders him to invoke, contemplate and inscribe it on body with index finger. By the attention and benevolence of the perfect spiritual guide and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat or Ism-e-Mohammad[1], the seeker is esoterically blessed with two most elevated spiritual stations i.e. the Divine vision and presence in the Mohammadan Assembly. There are no spiritual stations higher than these two. Only those seekers reach these levels who continue to follow their spiritual guide with devotion and perseverance. For the detail study of teachings, please read Part II of this book.

Simplicity in Kalam e Bahoo

Moreover, his writing style is very simple and easy to understand even for a less educated person. His writings are so persuasive and influential that they completely envelop the reader. If his books are read respectfully after ablution, an ocean of spiritual beneficence pours down upon the reader. If the reader continues reading them with complete faith and true intentions, he will be guided towards the perfect spiritual guide of the Sarwari Qadri order who is the real spiritual heir and his representative in the present age.

Present Imam of Sarwari Qadri Order

Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen is the present Imam of Sarwari Qadri Order. Moreover, he has made a research on teachings including Kalam e Bahoo and books. In addition, he has researched on his biography.

[1] Personal name of Prophet Mohammad مُحمَّدwhich is comprehensive of all his attributive names.


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