In 1102 Hijra or in 1689 A.D the great person and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was born in a small village of Sindh “Hala Haveli” according to history. Shah Habib was the name of his father. His lovers also say him Lat Latif. The Shah Abdul Latif‘s family belong to Hirat. During the days of Tabmerlane his family migrated to Sindh. He received his early education from the maktab of Akhund Noor Muhammad. He was the scholar of Persian and Arabic. He had explained the geography, history, economy and society of Sindh in detail, which shows that he is the great poet and scholar of Sindh. He was also a musician and poet. He won the hearts of many people by doing the gentle acts and by kind nature.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Day in Pakistan Date this Year URS: 26 November 2015
At a very young age about 20, Shah Abdul Latif got married with a pious lady. Few years later his father Shah Habib died. After his death he left his home and went towards the mountains at some distance from his village to live the rest of his life. He started living on mountain named “Bhit”. He was a man with a generous heart and sensitive mind. At that time his heart was filled with the Allah love. Beside the mountains there was a lake, he spent most of the time in remembering of Allah on the bank of water. By sitting there he also used to compose poetry by sitting there. He was also the inventor of a “Tambroo” musical instrument which is famous all over the Sindh. His poetry contains
- Quranic Versus
- and Arabic proverbs
Poetry in English Copyrights: http://panhwar.com/
The great saint Shah Abdul Latif was died in 1165 Hijra or in 1752 AD on mountain where he was living and also got buried there. Ghulam Shah Kalhoro famous Sindh king was so much inspired of this great saint that he built a shrine on the grave of Shah Abdul Latif. On the every 14th Safar (name of Islamic month) Shah Abdul Latif Urs is held. Thousands and hundreds of Muslim gathered to offer prayer at the shrine and to hear the poetry of the saint on the musical instrument “Tambroo” also pay gratitude to this saint.
His shrine is beautifully furnished with a dome which can be seen from many miles.A museum, a rest house and a library is library is recently built with the shrine. He was a true preacher he always sermonizes against religious exploitation and feudalism. In his poetry he gave us the lesson of tolerance, love and peace. He believed in pleasing Allah by remembering him and doing good deeds and in equality of human beings and this must be the goal of everyone’s life.