Monday, February 25, 2019

Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai




Shah Abdul Latif (شاھ عبدالطيف ڀٽائيِ) , a Great scholar, holy and spiritual poet, was born in Hala Haveli, near Khatiyan village in Hyderabad district, Sindh, in 1689.

Your ancestors were in Afghanistan. It is said that Shah's father, Syed Habib Shah, emigrated from Matyaru and your ancestral home in Afghanistan, to Bhainpur in Sindh, to get spiritual contact with Bilawal, a devout local man.

Abdul Latif received his first training in a madrasa directed by Akhund Noor M. Bhatti. He was skilled in the knowledge of the Quran and traditions. He always carried copies of the Koran, the Masnavi Maulana room, and Risalo with his great-grandfather Shah Abdul Karim de Burli. The poet stood out in the Sindhi language. He was also proficient in the Persian, Sanskrit, Saraiki, Urdu and Baluchi languages.

Shah was a missionary and believed in practical learning. It was through his travels that he acquired the basics of most of his poems. He denounces extravagance, injustice and exploitation in all its forms and at all levels.

You have always praised simplicity and hospitality. His spiritual and mystical poetry carries a message of love and universality of the human race.

In 1713 the Sufi poet married Bibi Syeda Begum married. It was a love marriage. His wife died very young before he could have children. you  was never remarried.


In 1742, Shah Abdul Latif decides to settle in Bhit, which means "The hope of sand." With a great passion for music, he ordered musicians to play music someday. They played continuously for three days. When they stopped playing out of sheer exhaustion, they found the poet dead. He died in 1752 and is buried in Bhit. A mausoleum was built later.


Before your died, fearing that people would ignore your poetry, he destroyed all his writings by throwing them into Lake Kiran. But at the request of one of his disciples, the Sufi poet asked his servant, Mai Naimat, who had retained most of his verses, to rewrite them. The message has been recorded and compiled correctly. A copy of the compilation known as "Ganj" is stored in the mausoleum. The original copy disappeared in 1854. It was in 1866, 114 years after the poet's death, that Ernest Trumpp, a German scientist who knew Sindhi and many other languages, compiled "Risalo", a complete collection. The poetry of Shah Abdul Latif, as well as two other Sindhi scholars.


As Latif  sain Saying (Sindhi Language)

اکر ڀڙھ  الف جو ورق سڀ وسار
اندر تون اجار پنا ڀڙھندين کيترا

Translation:

حرف تو پڑھ لے الف کا ساہیں دوجے ورق بھول جا
اپنے من کو اجار کیا کیا ورق پرھے گا

Read Letter A (Alif) forget all other pages cleanse your heart  how long can you read  pages after pages

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