Abyat e Bahoo

Introduction of Abyat e Bahoo

Abyat-e-Bahoo is Punjabi poetry of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo RA. He  wrote 140 books of which 32 are available. 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 ‘Abyat-e-Bahoo’. It is quite interesting to note that he summarized all his teachings present in his Persian books in Abyat. His ‘Abyat-e-Bahoo’ 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 Abyat-e-Bahoo. The marvel and specialty of Abyat-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 (mystic poetry) of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo RA is based upon 4 lines known as Abyat-e-Bahoo where one line is known as bayt.