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.
Authentic Book on Abyat-e-Bahoo
The most authentic book in market on Abyat e Bahoo is khown as ” Abyat-e-Bahoo Kamil ” .
Abyat-e-Bahoo Kamil 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 review of Abyat-e-Bahoo Kamil highlights the fact that it also involved the special spiritual guidance of Hazrat Sultan Bahoo RA himself.
Abyat e Bahoo Kamil has been produced for the seekers of Allah. It contains those teachings of Faqr after studying which they can reach eternally elevated stations of Divine Union and Closeness for which Hazrat Sultan Bahoo RA stated these Divine Abyat. Abyat e Bahoo Kamil in Punjabi and Saraiki is a treasured gift for all schools of thought, seekers, common people and lovers of Sufi poetry.
Hence, to date, Abyat e Bahoo Kamil by Sultan-ul-Ashqieen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najb-ur-Rehman is the most authentic work on the mystical poetry of Sultan ul Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo RA.