Shrine of Sachal Sarmast: The Sufi Poet of Seven Languages, Sindh

The Shrine of Sachal Sarmast is situated about 40 kilometers southwest of Khairpur, Sindh province, Pakistan. The Shrine of Sachal Sarmast is located near the N-5 Highway and Gambat-Ranipur Road in Daraza Sharif.

Sachal Sarmast (1739 – 1829) was a renowned Sufi poet from Sindh province, Pakistan. The saint is also famously known as Shair-e-Haft Zaban (poet of seven languages) and Sartaj-us-Shuara. There are 9 compilations of his Persian poetry, prominently the Diwan-i-Ashkar and Dard Nama, which consist of primarily philosophical verses. He wrote poetry in several languages most prominent is Sindhi and Saraiki. His actual name was Abdul Wahab Farouqi and “Sachal” or “Sachoo”, his nicknames. He used this pen-name in his poetry. Sachu, which means ‘truthful’, – while in Sindhi language Sarmast means ‘ecstatic’. Sachal Sarmast basically means ‘truthful mystic’ in literary terms or can be translated as “Ecstatic Saint of Truth”.

Sachal’s poetical works are sung by regional singers in Sindhi and Saraiki languages. Sachal Sarmast was an ardent follower of Wahdat-ul-Wujood (unity of existence), an Islamic Philosophy synonymous with Hamah Oost (all from One).

Life of Sachal Sarmast

He was born in the year of 1739 in Daraza Sharif, and passed away in the year of 1827. His father was Khawaja Salahuddin Farooqui, who passed away soon after the Sufi saint’s birth. Sachal Sarmast was brought up by his uncle, Khawaja Abdul Haq-I Farooqui, who ended up being his teacher, spiritual leader and father in law as well.

Urs at the Shrine of Sachal Sarmast

A major number of devotees from across the country converge at the place of Sharif for the Urs. The Urs at the shrine of Sachal Sarmast celebrations go on for 3 days involving a mehfil-e-sama and mushaira. The arrangements are made and organized by the Sachal Sarmast Yadgar Committee.
The 193rd urs was celebrated in the year of 2014.

 

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