|Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai|
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (also referred to by the honorifics: Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot, Bhittai, and Bhitt Jo Shah) (1689 – 1752) (Sindhi: شاهه عبداللطيف ڀٽائي , Urdu:,شاہ عبداللطیف بھٹائی) is famous Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, poet, and musician. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Sindhi language. His collected poems were assembled in the compilationShah Jo Risalo, which exists in numerous versions and has been translated to English, Urdu, and other languages. His work has been compared frequently to great Persian poetRūmī.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic studies atGeorge Washington University, described Shah Latif as a "direct emanation Rūmī's spirituality in South Asia."
The early life
Young Latif was raised during the golden age of sindhi culture. His first teacher was Akhund Noor Muhammad Bhatti , But, mostly,he was self-educated. Although he received little formal education, the Risalo gives us an ample proof of the fact that he was well-versed in Arabic and Persian. TheQur'an, the Hadiths, the Masnawi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Shah Inayatullah, along with the collection of Shah Karim's poems, were his constant companions, copious references of which have been made in Shah Jo Risalo. He is also known for his famed Calligraphic, and hand written skills he made several copies of the Qur'an.
"Beloved's separation kills me friends, At His door, many like me, their knees bend. From far and near is heard His beauty's praise, My Beloved's beauty is perfection itself." .....Bhittai [Sur Yaman Kalyan]
"The next day I sat down, and listened to the Story of the 'Vairagis.' Their salmon-coloured clothes were covered with dust. The lonely ones never talk to anyone about their being. They move about unmarked amongst the common folk." ........Shah Latif Bhittai