Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (also referred to by the honorifics: Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot, Bhittai, and Bhitt Jo Shah) (18 November 1689 – 1 January 1752) (Sindhi: شاه عبداللطيف ڀٽائي, Urdu: شاہ عبداللطیف بھٹائی) was a Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet, widely considered to be the greatest Muslim poet of the Sindhi language.[1] He is also known as the poet of Sindh.[2]

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
A recent painting of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
شاھ عبداللطيف ڀٽائي
Born18 November 1689
Sui-Qandar (Bhit Shah) Hala, Sindh
Died1 January 1752 (aged 63)
Bhittai Shrine, Bhit Shah, Sindh
Venerated inIslam
InfluencesJalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Attār
Shaikh Sa'adi
Kabir
Shah Hussain
InfluencedSachal Sarmast
Bedil
Shaikh Ayaz
Makhdoom Muhammad Zaman Talib-ul-Mola
Tradition or genre
Poetry

Statue

A 16-foot-high statue of Bhitai was unveiled in front of the Bhit shah rest house on the occasion of his 274th urs. The statue was sculpted by Nadir Ali Jamali, who is associated with the fine arts department of the University of Sindh. It is planned to be permanently put up at the centre of the Karar Lake next to the Bhitai shrine. It took ten months to complete.[3]

Urs

The Urs commences every year from 14th Safar (2nd month of Hijra calendar) and lasts for three days. [4]

In 2017, the 274th Urs of Shah Abdul Latif began at Bhit Shah,[5][6] and Mai Dhai, Abida Parveen and many other singers and artists performed. The ceremony's opening was done by interim Governor Sindh.

See also

Notes

  1. "saintsofislam". saintsofislam.com. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  2. Nasr, Seyyed Hossein (1974). "Rūmī and the Sufi Tradition". Studies in Comparative Religion. World Wisdom, Inc. 8 (2).
  3. "Bhitai`s statue on display - ePaper - DAWN.COM". epaper.dawn.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. Vaqar Ahmed (April 10, 2015). "Bhit Shah: After the dhamaal". Dawn. Dawn. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  5. "Urs celebrations of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai begin today". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  6. "Urs celebrations of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai commence – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-06.

Further reading

  • Butani, D. H. 1991. The Melody and Philosophy of Shah Latif. Promilla and Co., New Delhi. ISBN 81-85002-14-2
  • Sorally, H.T. 1967. Shah Abdul Latif of Bhit: His Poetry, Life and Times. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0196360293

Biographies

Poetry

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