Ain ul Faqr is one of Sultan Bahoo’s books that he authored on Faqr (Sufism). In this book the author has beautifully elaborated some very subtle points for the seekers of this path. Sultan Bahoo needs no introduction. He is very famous Sufi Saint of the Sub-Continent. He re-organised and propagated the Qadri order of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani as Sarwari Qadri in the Sub-Continent. His spiritual stature is beyond one’s imagination. He, for the first in his journal – Risala Roohi Sharif mentioned the seven sacred souls of Sultan ul Faqr. And he is the fifth of these seven sacred souls.
The unique attribute of Sultan Bahoo books is that when a seeker reads them with sincerity and devotion to seek Divine closeness and gnosis, Sultan Bahoo himself guides that seeker even today. The seeker is guided to the living Shaikh of the Sarwari Qadri order for further spiritual training. So that he may complete the journey under his guidance and reach the destination.
View of Sultan Bahoo about Ain ul Faqr
In this book, Sultan Bahoo says:
“Know! This book that I have titled Ain ul Faqr, guides the seekers of every stage, whether they are at the initial level, intermediate level or the final stage (of an accomplished Fakir), this book will guide them every step of the way. It will guide and lead them towards the straight path and then opens the way to gaining the spiritual stations of Divine secrets, observations, theophanies, knowledge of certainty, eye of certainty, truth of certainty and Divine love.”
Some of the subjects that Sultan Bahoo has explained in Ain ul Faqr include, Ism e Allah Zaat and Oneness of Allah Almighty, the many waystations that a seeker comes across on this journey, Satan and other distractions that act as a misguide for the seekers. The various levels of invocation of Ism e Allah Zaat and the Islamic creed. Detailed discussion on renunciation of everything other than Allah and the Perfect Fakirs who are annihilated in Allah.
In short, this is an excellent book for the seekers of Divine path. It equips them with some very important aspects of the path of Faqr and the way to reach Allah Almighty.