Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah – A Brief Biography

 

Undoubtedly, Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is the “King of Sufi poetry”. A humanist, Sufi poet, philosopher, teacher, rebel, and internationalist, Baba Bulleh Shah was truly a legend.

Early life and background

Bulleh Shah was born in 1680, in the small village of Uch, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. His ancestors had migrated from Bukhara in modern Uzbekistan. He relocated to Malakwal with his parents at a very early age. Bulleh Shah received his early education from Pandoke and later moved to Kasur for higher education. Maulana Mohiyuddin was his teacher. Eminent Sufi saint, Shah Inayat Qadiri was his spiritual teacher and he played a vital role in developing his love for Sufism. Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah and his family descend directly from the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).

Poetry Style of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah lived during the same period as of Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. His lifetime also extended with the Punjabi poet Waris Shah of Heer Ranjha fame, and the Sindhi Sufi poet Sachal Sarmast.

Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufism of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, and Shah Sharaf. Verses narrated by Bulleh Shah are popularly known as “Kafi”. This kind of poetry is popular in Siraiki and Sindhi poetry.

Baba Bulleh Shah’s work represented him as a humanist who wants to give workable solution to the social problems of his surroundings. Bulleh Shah’s poetry highlights his mystical spiritual voyage through the four stages of Sufism: Shariat, Tariqat, Haqiqat, and Marfat. Bulleh Shah’s poetry is in simple language that has been able to address the complex fundamental issues of life and humanity. Islamic orthodoxy is being criticized by Bulleh Shah’s poetry & philosophy.

In modern times, Bulleh Shah’s Kafi is modified to be used to music. Every genre of singer like street- singers, to legends like Abida Parveen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sain Zahoor, and Waddali Brothers, UK based Asian artists, and Pakistani rock band Junoon, has sung Bulleh Shah’s Kafi in a beautiful manner.

Popular Poetry Collections

Baba Bulleh Shah wrote and narrated many poetic verses. Some of the most renowned ones are: Makkeh Gaya, Gal Mukdee Naheen, Bulleya Ki Jana Main Kaun, Verhe Aa Varh Mere, Main Jana Jogi De Naal, Aa Mil Yaar, Uth Gaye Gawandon Yaar, Bas Karjee Hun Bas Karjee, Tere Ishq Nachaya, Ishq De Naween Naween Bahar, to name a few.


Note: This Article originally written on 26 October 2009 by Ata Rehman Zaki, it has been modified recently by Hamariweb Editors' team with slightly changes of data and updated info according to recent updates.

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To boost the Sindhi literature, the name of Sufi poet Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is recognized even those who dont understand the Sindhi language but understand the message by the poet.
By: yusrah, khi on Apr, 09 2018
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Bulleh Shah lived during the same period as of Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. His lifetime also extended with the Punjabi poet Waris Shah of Heer Ranjha fame, and the Sindhi Sufi poet Sachal Sarmast.
By: Samad, Karachi on Feb, 19 2018
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One of the great sufi poet who wrote some amazing masterpiece of there time. I recommend people to read it.
By: Kanwal, Karachi on Feb, 09 2018
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coke Studio songs mainly contain the stanzas of Baba Bulleh Shah poems and I really love this because I like the poetry of Baba Bulleh Shah.
By: Usman, Lahore on Jan, 30 2018
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Sufi poets are a charm of Pakistan. There are many famous poets like Baba Bulley Shah all over Pakistan who are famous for their Islamic preaching.
By: sara, Karachi on Jan, 14 2018
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SHAH sahab was a man of great insight. The way he composed poetry was almost divine. People like him are bestowed upon by Allah himself to guide the Muslims towards Islam.
By: kashif, isl on Jan, 12 2018
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Bulley Shah was a great Punjabi poet. This is a great article which shares important information about him. Its necessary to aware our younger generations about such people.
By: Ayesha, lahore on Jan, 10 2018
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Baba Bulleh Shah literature is full of love and the best source to spread the religion of truth, his every Kalam is heart touching that’s why the Kalam of Bulleh Shah is still famous in the peoples although it's based on regional language.
By: shahida, khi on Dec, 26 2017
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Baba Bulleh Shah literature is full of love and the best source to spread the religion of truth, his every Kalam is heart touching that’s why the Kalam of Bulleh Shah is still famous in the peoples although it's based on regional language.
By: minhaj, khi on Dec, 26 2017
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In youth, the popularity of Baba Bulleh Shah Kalam is too much because those who love and understand the sufism they love his poetry. In Sufism, It is not necessary to understand the meaning of the language.
By: saeed, khi on Dec, 20 2017
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The name Baba Bullleh Shah is all famous due to his poetry, I don’t know about his earlier life and his profession but I knows him as a poet, his kalam ' Bulleya Ki Jana Main Kaun' is popular in all the generations.
By: umair, khi on Dec, 10 2017
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Recently we celebrated the Sindh culture day, here we talk about the poets who wrote poetries in Sindhi language and did their best to promote this language. Warish Shah, Sachal Sarmast and especially the Sindhi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah make their fame which peoples like and also sing.
By: ALISHAH, khi on Dec, 04 2017
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Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is certainly the best ancient Sufi poet. The best thing about this mystic and Sufi poet Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is that his poetry is still relatable to this current era. Baba Bulleh Shah is still poet of today!
By: Emran , Karachi on Sep, 27 2017
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By: Saad, Karachi on Sep, 19 2017
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Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is my favorite mystic poet of all times. His Punjabi poetry is although very tough but I still read it to grasp at least some of it. This write up is certainly the most amazing thing to read about him.
By: Yasmeen, Lahore on Sep, 18 2017
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Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah is certainly the most classified and dignified historic figures. He is know for his mystic and Sufi poetry. I love rendition made on his poetic work.
By: Tooba, Lahore on Sep, 15 2017
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Bulleh Shah served lot for his poetry in both Siraiki and Sindhi language, the way of his poetry is totally different. His kalam is all popular in the subcontinent, every one who loves poetry either they understand Bulleh Shah's poetry language or not, feel the beauty of his poetry.
By: nusrat, khi on Sep, 15 2017
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In Sufism and the Sindhi poet, the name of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Baba Bulleh Shah is very famous, they did a great support to promote Sindhi language. On this Article, the information regarding the life of Bulleh Shah give a great knowledge.
By: Nadeem, khi on Sep, 13 2017
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I have a great collection of Bulleh Shah's poetry which I like. The style of Bulleh Shah in which he wrote poetry is totally different from the other. I did not had much knowledge about him but this article also increase my knowledge with the help of this article.
By: farooq, multan on Jul, 17 2017
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baba g ka shajra kaha ja milta hai pls answer me
By: Muhammad Furqan, Karachi on Oct, 26 2015
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