Life hasn’t changed much because myself, I went there after years but still everything was same. Bhit Shah is nearly 40KM from Hyderabad, 35-40 minutes drive, NHA or National Highway. As I move ahead from Hyderabad City on the highway, I was feeling calm and relaxed, one of the good reason was, this time National Highway is Good. So it’s easy drive. Bhit Shah is a town nearly by Hala approximately 5KM away, So mostly everything is available, even GPS works well, all mobile phone network companies have provided service in this region good enough to use internet easily. Gas Stations and Roadside restaurants are there but in our own Sindh cultural way, unlike the one you been expecting. The journey is not tiring at all, by the time you reach there it feels like you are in different world, where belief and faith rule this town.
When you enter in Bhit Shah, this is what you will see people walking on the road, cars and motor bikes parked on left and right, restaurants, sweets shops, Jewelry ( Sindhi Cultural ) and tons of beggars will cover you, most of which children and women are not even Muslim, indeed I was bit knocked out when I asked one of the little girl about her religion, are you Muslim? she replied by waving her head NO. she said we are not Muslims. We are Hindus. I haven’t gone in depth about this matter but baggers are mostly Hindus. I parked my vehicle close to stairs and moved ahead. This time I was not with my family but one of my closest friend, Since she has never experienced anything as such before. We both moved inside, had to remove our shoes on the entrance and get along to pay a visit at Shah abdul Latif Bhittai’s Shrine in Bhit Shah.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, A well known Islamic Sufi Poet, what’s interesting about him from ages and people I heard that when Shah Latif was a childhood and started going to school nearly around 450 years back, in the city of Hala, Teacher taught him, In sindh “ ALIF” Allah , “ Bay “ Balla . Like in English A for Apple and B for Banana. In Sindhi method is same but character’s stands for different meaning. “ ALIF “ for Allah (GOD) and “ Bey “ for Balla means ( Dragon, snake or some Predator ) He refused to pronounce “ Bey “ and said to his teacher, “ ALIF “ is enough for me. that was he first and final day he ever went to school and learn’t “ ALIF ALLAH “. He grown up in Hala which is 5KM away from Bhit Shah, He moved himself along to this place and sat next to the river under the tree,
As a poet he wrote something still being understood by many and in a way he wrote about Allah that no other human has ever done with such respect in his Shah Jo Resalo. He also wrote about True Love stories of the east, in which Susi and Pohno ( Bhambore ). Omer marvi ( Omer Kot and Malir ). Noori jam tamachi, and few more which I am not able to recall at this time. Shah Jo Resalo mean’s King’s Magzine. it is not just what he wrote but what is more shocking and unbelievable that he wrote entire Holy Quran with his own hands. without know how to write, without any mistake. Entire Scripture hand written is placed there in the safe cabin where all the visitors get a chance to see and take images of it, beside all. Such thing knowing understanding believing and truly devoting himself in the love of Al mighty Allah, blessed him with such gift that even after generations still none other has done something which he did. To me it’s a sign that how strong the love of Allah is with those who devote themselves in his love. This is really an example of it. He also invented Instrument known as Tamboro. 4 strings attached some what mixture of Sitar and Guitar Chord less. At Bhit Shan ( Shrine ) Fakir’s they play it daily till Fajir Azan the sound of it, is not like any other musical instrument but when they tell the stories from Resalo and sing the poetry’s.
Even if you do not understand, the scripture but listening to it carefully, for a some time, it will move your soul and after certain time, tears will fall from your eyes, Personally I have experienced being myself Sindhi, I was not able to understand difficult words but than again I remember my eyes were teary when I spent the night over there and I was feeling very calm relaxed and patient from inside. It was like I was completely disengaged with outer world and I am somewhere else the place which only offers peace and the love of Allah.
The tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. I offered fatiah “ May Allah Place his soul in heaven, Ameen “ It’s truly amazing experience once if you visit there. I am Proud to be Sindhi and Pakistani that Allah has blessed me with verities and specially Culture which Sindh has since 5000 BC, Ancient Indus Civilization is also Part of Sindh and Pakistan and Personally I have learn’t from these saint’s a lot about the divine love of Allah. Islam’s message is clearly stated in Holy Quran for those who are willing to know apart from what so ever their belief is. I would advise them to read and to know, rather than being one track minded. There is something which makes a logical difference in God and Allah.
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By : Farhan Imaan ( Faree )
06th – December – 2012