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.


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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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Salam to all
pls help Me baba bulle shah kon the .hashmi ,bukhari .naqvi.sherazi kon se syed the



By: Muhammad Furqan , sargodha on Oct, 24 2015
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Naqvi Syed
By: Ali, London on Jan, 16 2017
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"Baba ji was born in a noble and aristocratic Saye’ad family but, as a result of Enayat’s teachings, he left the life of nobility and luxury and led quite simple and humble life." Bulleh Shah's father Sakhi Mohammad Darwesh was a molvi or imam masjid in a village Pandoki . What kind of luxury life Bulleh shah lived before meeting Shah Inayet Qadri (R.A) ? Can you explain?
By: Raheel Aslam Chaudhry, London on Jan, 17 2015
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i love u baba bulleh shah
By: amin, pakistan on Oct, 11 2013
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UMAR BHAI WO AJ B HMARY PAS E HAI BAS HAM JASY GUNAGARO KE ANKHEN UNE DAKH NAHI SAKTI OR HM UNKY BTAYE HWY RASTY PAR AMAL KR K AJ B WASI HASTI BALKY UNSY MILL SAKTY H.or dua h k allah hm sb ko unky naqshe qadm py chalny ke tofeeq ata farmaye
By: ali, gakhar on Aug, 03 2013
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AoA
kiya koe bhai ye bata sakta hay ke "kabhi baba bulleh shah nay Namaz parhi ya prhai?" please reference den kisi kitab ka ya article ka jahan unki namaz ke baray main koe bat ho. i will be very thankful to you. mera ak dost hay wo kehta hay ke baba bulleh shah nay kabhi namaz nahi parhi.... hopping ap meri help kren gy. aur reference ya article mujhay mail ker dain tu apka shukria. [email protected]
By: siddiq, bahawalpur on Nov, 15 2012
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there are four steps of tasawuf:
1 The four stages
1.1 Shariat
1.2 Tariqat
1.3 Haqiqat
1.4 Marifat
search them on net.
first stage is Shariat, with out that you can not reach other steps
By: haris, isl on May, 25 2014
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yar ap ne allama iqbal ka wo sher nai parha.
jo mein sar ba sajda hoa ka kabhi to zamin se ane lage sada tera dil to hai sanam ashna tujhe kiya mile ga namaz mein.
yar yeh namaz se age nil gae the.en k liye sab kuch in ka peer hota hai us ko dekhna ebadat aur na dekhna gunnah hai
By: Bilal ali, Sialkot on Jul, 21 2013
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It is my first time reading about BABA BULLEH SHAH, and it makes me feel sad that he struggled with all that because of what he wanted to do, but also when he spoke out he was cat as a Cristian, and when he died his poetry never got published and got thrown on to the garbage. That is what makes me really sad!!!!!!
By: mohsin, Birmingham on Feb, 26 2012
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سب سے زیادہ پڑھا جانے والا یہ آرٹیکل کس وجہ سے سب سے اوپر ہے؟

جب حضرت بابا بلھے شاہ رحمتہ الله علیہ آج سے دو سو سال پہلے موجود تھے تو شاید اتنی مقبولیت نہ تھی، اسکی کیا وجہ ہو سکتی ہے، یہ اس لیئے ایسے ہوتا ہے کہ “حق اور حق والے ہی ہمیشہ رب کی عطا اور مرضی سے دنیا اور آخرت دونوں طرف بلند اور بالا ہوتے ہیں“-

پھر ہمارے لیئے کیا رہ جاتا ہے۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔؟ صرف یہ کہ نیک نیت لے کر موجودہ زمانے میں حاضر ناظر ہستی کو تلالش کریں اور جب دل مطمئن ہو جائے تو پھر اس ہستی کی جوتیاں اٹھانی سیکھ لیں تو پھر جا کر کے کچھ علم مل سکتا ہے، ایسا علم نہیں کہ خدا کی بھولی مخلوق کو آگے لگا لو بلکہ وہ راستے ملنا شروع ہو جاتے ہیں کہ جن پے رب راضی ہو جائے۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔“کیا اس کے علاوہ ہمیں کچھ چاہیئے؟“
By: Azeem, RWP on Dec, 14 2011
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I read first time about baba ji, & great impressed with his strugle. Almighty Allah may rest his soul in peace.
By: Nasir Irshad , Faisalabd on Oct, 22 2011
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I dont have words to describe the personality of Baba g...
By: Shoaib, Islamabad on Sep, 26 2011
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Asslam O Alaikum
i love baba ji and i don't know why, main na cheez aqeedat mand hon unki even main un ke bare mein zyada nhi janti
guria multan
By: guria, multan on Aug, 21 2011
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Slaam
BaBa G z incredible....
By: Tayyab Tahir, Jhelum on Aug, 02 2011
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baba bulay shah apka name lenay say bi zuban asay pak ho jati hay jasay bacha jab pada hota hay to pak hota hay baba bulay shah ji ham gunagar par nazar karak kar de...................................baba bulay ap ka dunia say parda karna to ak bahana tha ap to aj bi zinda hay marna to ham jaso ka hay jinay log yad bi nahi kartay.....
By: shamir , lahore on Jul, 21 2011
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I love Baba Blue Shah's poetry.I love his whole songs.He was a great person.............
By: Baljit Singh Chahal, Ludhiana (India) on Jul, 17 2011
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true peoples true sayings
By: tamishah , multan on Jun, 24 2011
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HAZRAT BABA BULLEH SHAH SAHAB is a great and deep thinking person.
By: mudassir , Muzaffarabad A.K on Apr, 19 2011
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was great bullay shah a wali,,,,,,,,,,,
if he was thn wat are qualities of a wali...???????????
w8ng 4 some1"s [email protected]@yahoo.com or [email protected]
By: adnan, islamabad on Mar, 10 2011
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sallam i really want to work here in this forum ,and i have strong respect n love for BABA BULHAY SHA .
By: MEHER, multan on Mar, 05 2011
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Baba Bulley Shah is the greatest poet of all times. Babaji's poetry is far ahead than any other poet. It's very sad that most of his poetry was destroyed by his oponents after his death. It's like destroying a very very precious asset. I wish i could have read all babaji's poetry.
By: Shahid, Islamabad on Feb, 02 2011
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bulley shah per ye jaan b qurban hazaar bar.
ta de mander ta de maseet ta de jo kucj thenda.bully shah kisye da dil na taein keuo je dilaal vich rab renda. i love u bhulle shah.
bullya p sharab te kha kabab per baal haddan di ag.ker churi bhan ger rab da.us thaggan de thagg nu thagg.
By: faizan, kahuta rawalpindi on Feb, 01 2011
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ASSALAAM O ALAIKUM TO ALL, MY NAME IS SYED HUMAIL, I HAVE A BAND BY THE NAME OF HOPE... I AM ONE OF THE 3 MEMBERS OF THE BAND...WE ONLY WORK ON ARIFAANA KALAAM, SPECIALLY HAZRAT BABA BHULLAY SHAH JI'S KALAAM.
RECENTLY WE HAVE COMPLETED THE MUSIC AND VOCALS ON " IK NUKTAY WICH GAL MUKDI AE ", INSHALLAH VERY SOON YOU WOULD ALL BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO IT AND WATCH THE VIDEO.
By: SYED HUMAIL, Quetta on Jan, 30 2011
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salam to alll muslims......baba bulla shah is very famous and GOD gifted sufi of all huminbiengs...I love his poetry and SUFI peaceful KALAM...... I salute baba bulla shah forever//////// agr mara kise dost ko koe information ya help chahya to main hazir [email protected]_5024544/////////// BURY BANDA NU MAIN LABAN NIKLA BURA LADA NA KOE JAD MAIN ANDAR JHATE PAI MAIN TO BURA NA KOE...... kamal hameed(kallar kahar)
By: kamal, kallar kahar( chakwal) on Jan, 13 2011
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i love bulleh shah from the core of my heart. great great great poet.
By: basharat, Rajouri india on Jan, 03 2011
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Asalamu alikum, i want to request u all people that is if u r not able able to understand MURSHID's poetry then not blame HIM because our mind is not vast like him "hamari soch us had tak shayad na ja sakay jaha BABA g ki thi" TALIB-e-DUA
By: Sajjad hameed kasuri, islamabad on Nov, 24 2010
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baba bullah is a gret personality..his kalams are really heart touching...
By: saad, abbottabad on Nov, 17 2010
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fuzia from lahor ap baba je ke kalam or Propht (S.A.w.) ke bary ma mazeeid janny k liye rabta karye ( [email protected]) on face book .
By: Bilal AHMEED, peshawar on Oct, 18 2010
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baba bulhay shah is a great sufi poet and wali Allah.woh aaj bhi zinda hai.jo Allah ki raah mei lartay hai vo martay nahi shaheed hotay hai.aur hum shaheed ko murda nahi keh saktay yeh Quran ka faisla hai.Allah hum ko bhi kisay aisay wali ka mureed bana de.Amin
Hazrat sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani farmatay hai.jis ka koi rehbar nahi uss ka rahbar shetan hai.so kisi kamal peer ka hona bohat zaroor hai.
By: Muhammad Asif, sialkot on Sep, 19 2010
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A GREAT SECULAR AND HUMANIST POET. IF WE HAVE SUCH ADMIRERS IN PAKISTAN OF BABAJI THOUGHTS ,WHO HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS PAGE , I AM ASTONISHED THAT WE ARE LIVING IN TWO DIFFERENT PUNJABS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVING SAME CULTURE AND ETHOS WITH COMMON LANGUAGE. ONE DAY WE WILL UNIIFY LIKE EAST AND WEST GERMANY
By: VM CHOPRA, NEW DELHI on Sep, 02 2010
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Baba Ji was a great philospher and spirtual leader. He presented his thoughts before masses in shape of poetry. He was a great reformer. He did a lot to set a right direction of religion. The main pupose of religion is to teach love and tolerance and not the otherway round. He did his best efforts to eredicate hattered created by the so called religious leaders and the clergymen.
By: Khalid Latif, Faisalabad on Aug, 21 2010
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HAZRAT BABA BULLEH SHAH SAHAB (REMATULLAH ALAEIH) Is a GREAT SUFI POET N AULIYA ALLAH
By: Affraseab, lahore on Aug, 17 2010
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I love this great sufi poet and his poetry.
By: Humayoon Bhatti, Lahore on Aug, 14 2010
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zinda hai tu aor sada zinda hi rahi ga baba bule shah
tu ye shahzad nahin jo mar kar kabhi zinda na ho ga
By: shahzad alim, lahore on Jul, 29 2010
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SARKAR EK BOHAT HE BARE HASTI THAY.KASH MAIN UN KO UN KI ZINDAGE MAIN HI MILA HOTA TU MARE LIFE HE BADAL JANE THI?
By: M UMAR JAVED , GUJRANWALA on Jul, 06 2010
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salam baaba bulleh shah ZINDABAD
By: EMAD, KHAUR on Jun, 22 2010
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mujey baba jee say milney key bari khowish hai,main un say khawab main milna chahta hon.i love him with the depth of my heart.ALLAH merey yeh khowahish pori karey,ameen.................ALLAH baba jee jasey wali hamari rahnumai key liay hamashah peda karey.ameen.
By: Kanwal Shakoor Awan, Faisalabad on Jun, 18 2010
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i have some questions in my mind, why baba ji always write about his master inayat shah why not about our Prophet S.W? i want to know more abt baba ji plz anyone who know any websit or source plz tell.
By: fouzia rashid, lahore on May, 22 2010
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He is the soul of our great history
May ALLAH rest his soul in Peace.
un ka kalam kbi bhulaya ni ja sky ga.
By: NIDA, multan on May, 19 2010
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great great great poet poet .,.,.,.,. n i lived at the back of bulleh shah
By: ali sharooze khan , kasur on May, 11 2010
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there is no dout into poetry of baba bullay shah sarkar he was the great poet of the world i like poetry of baba bullay shah because baba bulley shah poetry is truth of this world and it is helpful for success in this life and also for next life
By: mosi anu, sialkot on Feb, 19 2010
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i love Baba bulley shah and his poetry. in actual all wali ALLAH knows about the light (noor) scattered by the ALLAH. so in a short " their way is the right way"
By: saqib, ISlamabad on Jan, 30 2010
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i like to state i m big fan of all wali ullah well i like to state actually life need to some destination and the destination is to search ALLAH g simple . Today people they stop actually calling them self as shiya , suni, wahabi and duband and all actually the lost there journey towards "Light" And that is "Noor" simply Way towards ALLAH....
By: adeel, rawalpindi on Jan, 19 2010
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Baba Bulleh Shah: Meri Jan
These are the persons who show the real light of Islam, and tell us how to see ALLAH.
By: Imran mughal, islamabad. on Dec, 29 2009
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@Zeshan. U SAID, "Today our people not know about islam". today, our people only know about 'formalities', they are far away from the real messages of prophets, saints, gurus, apostles or what ever u call them.
YEH SHAHADAT ULFAT MAIN KADAM RAKHNA HAI
LOG ASAAN SAMAJTAY HAIN MUSALMAAN HONA
(IQBAL)

gal rolay lokaan payee ay.............
By: Saad Ahmed Baksh, Lahore on Dec, 29 2009
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I am Shahid Rafique Kasuri my website is all about to City Kasur and Bulleh Bulleh Shah Kasuri. Website is www.Kasur.org
By: Shahid Rafique Kasur, Kasur on Dec, 22 2009
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Tell more about islam . Its good work . Today our people not know about islam
By: Muhammad Zeshan Ali Khan, Faisalabad on Dec, 22 2009
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Baba Bulleh is great sufi poet.
By: Shahid, Kasur on Oct, 26 2009
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BABA BULLEH SHAH BABA GOD BLESS YOU
By: abdul karim , brooklyn new york 11230 on Oct, 25 2009
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thanx for the information. great sufi poet.
By: seerat, lahore on Aug, 04 2009
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BABA GURU BULLEH SHAH...ZINDABAD! ZINDABAD
By: jASPAL sINGH, Amritsar on Jan, 07 2008
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