Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Sultan Bahoo Darbar relocated twice due to change of direction of river Chenab. The address of present day Sultan Bahoo shrine is:
Village Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, district Jhang, Pakistan.
First Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Location of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Fort Qehrgan at the western bank of river Chenab, Shorkot, Pakistan.
Time Period of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
This Sultan Bahoo shrine was his resting place for seventy eight years. From 1102 H till 1180 H (1691 AD-1767 AD).
Caretakers of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
When Jhanda Singh and Ganda Singh captured Lahore, his descendants migrated to different parts of Punjab. Only a few Dervishes and spiritual successors stayed at the Darbar.
Reason to Shift Sultan Bahoo Darbar to a New Location
In 1180 H (1767 AD), river Chenab sank down the fort which fell afterwards. Later the river reached the graves. Dervishes and spiritual successors therefore took out other coffins and saved them in boxes.
Miracle while shifting Sultan Bahoo Darbar
No one was able to find his coffin. Meanwhile Dervishes and junior spiritual successors started crying in disappointment. He spiritually told them:
“My coffin will surely be found. A man who is worthy to touch my body will come tomorrow morning at sunrise. Then he will take out my coffin. Until then river water will not reach my grave.”
Dervishes were now satisfied and they started waiting for this miracle to happen. Next morning, a man with green veil came at the fixed time. He did not remove the veil. Instantly he took out the coffin of Sultan Bahoo from the ground dug by the Dervishes and spiritual successors.
Consequently thousands of people gathered around and had the privilege of seeing the sacred body. It was as fresh as alive, water of ablution was dropping from his sacred beard. When they open the coffin, fragrance spread through miles. A lot of people present there became spiritually ecstatic and went into trance.
Who was the Man in Veil on Sultan Bahoo Darbar?
Once, while conversing about the incident, Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali told Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman:
“That person in veil was Sultan Bahoo himself.”
Second Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Location of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
In Samundri, a town near river Chenab, there was a mansion near the well. People fainted when they entered the mansion. Even the cattle and other animals could not enter it. Therefore people had left the area out of fear. While in reality the mansion was sacred. He ordered his spiritual successors to construct Sultan Bahoo shrine in the mansion near the well. As that place was near the old darbar. Uniquely it was spiritually pre-decided as the place of new Sultan Bahoo Darbar. Thus, the Dervishes built his mazar in the centre of the mansion. The coffin was not buried instead it was placed on the ground and construction of tomb spread around that area.
Time Period of 2nd Sultan Bahoo Darbar
However it stayed his resting place for 157 years. From 1180 H till 1336 H (1767 AD-1917 AD).
Reason to Change Location of Sultan Bahoo Darbar again
According to the predictions of Sultan Bahoo, the water of river Chenab once again came close to the Sultan Bahoo shrine. It was the year 1336 H.
Where was his Coffin while shifting of Sultan Bahoo Darbar?
At that time Sultan Haji Noor Ahmad was the caretaker. Dervishes living at the Sultan Bahoo Shrine tried to take out the coffin from his grave. As a result they found coffins of all his descendants buried around. Yet again the coffin was nowhere to be located despite much effort.
However, since Allah has sent him as the benefactor for every age, for every Muslim and non-Muslim, fortunate and unfortunate, and also as the true successor and representative of Prophet Mohammad in this materialistic age to guide the people on the right path, so his Sultan Bahoo Darbar had to be saved. That temporary concealment was due to some hidden wisdom.
Now he visited Sultan Dost Mohammad in dream and advised him to dig the place of the grave deeper. When the next day they dug the said place, the signs of coffin started appearing. Once the earth was dug deeper, gusts of fragrance spread in the air. That fragrance was out of the world. At last they found the coffin. It had become impossible to stay there due to the extreme fragrance. Therefore no one could stay inside the Sultan Bahoo Darbar for more than fifteen minutes. The coffin was taken out with much difficulty. The fragrance was so lasting that it did not leave the dresses of those workers even when the dresses got old and torn.
Present Day Sultan Bahoo Darbar
Location of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
The construction of the present Darbar commenced at a distance of one mile to the north western side of the old Sultan Bahoo Darbar. In six months, the new Sultan Bahoo Darbar, the mosque and the closets which are now present around the mosque, were constructed.
The present Sultan Bahoo Mazar is located in a populated area. The city Garh Maharaja is at a distance of two miles from the Sultan Bahoo Darbar, Ahmedpur Sial is in the south. In the east, there is city of Shorkot across the river Jhelum and river Chenab. The Muzzaffar Garh road passes at a distance of one and a half miles towards the west of the tomb. Nowadays, access to the tomb is very easy because of the concrete road. The pilgrims from Ahmedpur Sial and Garh Maharaja can easily approach the Sultan Bahoo shrine.
Address of present day Sultan Bahoo Darbar: Village Sultan Bahoo via Garh Maharaja, Tehsil Ahmadpur Sial, district Jhang, Pakistan.
Date of Shifting of Sultan Bahoo Darbar
The coffin was taken out of the second Sultan Bahoo Darbar before the 10th of Muharram, 1336 H (October, 1917 AD) and kept safe.
Hi’s coffin buried in the new Sultan Bahoo Darbar on Friday, April 1918.
Epitome of Beneficence
Lacs of seekers of the Divine Truth gain beneficence from the Sultan Bahoo Darbar. It is a famous miracle of the Darbar Sultan Bahoo that as soon as one enters it, tears start from one’s eyes. This tomb is a source of beneficence for the whole world. Hence wishes of thousands of seekers and lovers of Allah fulfills there. Thousands of people have divine experiences and many of them have reached the level of spiritual guide by his attention and beneficence of Darbar Sultan Bahoo. Significantly countless miracles of the darbar are famous.
Sultan Bahoo Darbar is free from all kind of heretical practices. As hundreds of Mystics remain in seclusion at the tomb for the sake of vision of Allah or Divine vision. Once entered in the tomb, one does not wish to leave. The seekers of the Divine Truth never leave empty handed from this Sultan Bahoo shrine. As he blesses them.
نام فقیر تنہاں دا باھوؒ ، قبر جنہاں دی جیوے ھو
Explanation: Fakirs are alive even after death and benefit people from their Sultan Bahoo shrine.
Sultan Bahoo Darbar Caretakers
After the death of Sultan Bahoo, his second son Sultan Wali Mohammad was appointed as the first caretaker. The list of caretakers is as follows:
- Sultan Wali Mohammad (1102 H-1161 H) (1691 AD-1748 AD)
- Sultan Mohammad Husayn (1161 H-1200 H) (1748 AD-1785 AD)
- Sultan Hafiz Mohammad (1200 H-1222 H) (1785 AD-1807 AD)
- Sultan Ghulam Bahoo (1222 H-1263 H) (1807 AD-1847 AD)
- Sultan Hafiz Saleh Mohammad (1263 H-1319 H) (1847 AD-1901 AD)
- Sultan Haji Noor Ahmad (1319 H-1338 H) (1901 AD-1920 AD)
- Mohammad Emir Sultan (1338 H-1350 H) (1920 AD-1931 AD)
- Mohammad Habib Sultan (1350 H-1390 H) (1931 AD-1970 AD)
- Sultan Ghulam Jilani (1390 H-1422 H) (1970 AD-2001 AD)
Dispute as to Rightful Heir
Mohammad Muneeb Sultan: He was the son of Sultan Ghulam Jilani, the ninth shrine caretaker. Now his father appointed him as his successor and the caretaker of the Sultan Bahoo shrine of Sultan Bahoo. The entire family was present on the occasion. After the death of Sultan Ghulam Jilani on 20th Dec, 2001 (4 Shawwal-1422 H) many members of the family claimed the seat of Sultan Bahoo shrine caretaker. It was because Mohammad Muneeb Sultan was very young. As well as he was the middle son of Sultan Ghulam Jilani. His mother also did not belong to the family of Sultan Bahoo. The matter worsened to the extent that the law enforcing institutions had to interfere. Hence the matter taken to the High Court.
Darbar Sultan Bahoo is Under Supervision of Court
The Lahore High Court issued order to the District and Session Judge of Jhang to take the management of the Sultan Bahoo shrine under his control with the help of a committee. As a result the District and Session Judge made a committee. Civil Judge of Shorkot headed it. Therefore it supervised the Sultan Bahoo shrine. He transferred all the claims for the seat of Sultan Bahoo shrine caretaker to the Civil Court of Shorkot for decision. As the tomb is still under the supervision of court committee. For all the claims are under consideration. Yet the caretaker of Sultan Bahoo shrine is still not decided.
Court Orders dated: 22nd September, 2015
Although, according to an order issued by the Supreme Court on 22nd September, 2015 a new committee formed to look after the Sultan Bahoo shrine. Session Judge heads it. This Committee comprises of five members who also include Muneeb Sultan, Najeeb Sultan and Sultan Hameed. (Roznama City 42 Lahore, pg 8, dated 23th September 2015)