Bulleh Shah Poetry

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Bulleh Shah is one of the greatest sufi poets of Punjab. He was also a philosopher and humanist. Bulle Shah’s actual name is Abdullah Shah. Bulle Shah was born in 1680, in a small village Uch, Bahawalpur. His ancestors had migrated from Uzbekistan.
His father got a job in Pandoke, about 50 miles southeast of Kasur. Bulleh Shah received his early schooling in Pandoke and moved to Kasur for higher education.
Bulleh Shah’s poetry is called the Kafi, a style of Punjabi, Sindhi and Saraiki poetry used by the Sufis of Sindh and Punjab and even Sikh gurus. Bulleh Shah’s poetry and philosophy firmly criticizes the Islamic religious orthodoxy of his day. Bulleh Shah basically revolted against religious no-go areas of Muslim Mullah and pleaded to reach to Allah through love of humanity and tameness of inner self. He died in 1757. His tomb is located in Kasur.
Read detailed kalam of Bulleh Shah here in this page, Bulleh Shah poetry is at its best in selected kafis.
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‘Parh Parh Kitaaban Ilm Diyan’-Bulleh Shah
Bulleh Shah  Poetry-'Parh Parh Kitaaban Ilm Diyan', Baba Bulle Shah sufi kalam

‘Parh Parh Kitaaban Ilm Diyan’-Bulleh Shah

‘Masjid Dha Day, Mandar Dha Day’-Baba Bulleh Shah
 Bulleh Shah Poetry: 'Masjid Dha Day, Mandir Dha Day', Rab Dilan Vich Rehnda. Sufi Kalam of Bulleh Shah

‘Masjid Dha Day, Mandar Dha Day’-Bulleh Shah

Vaikh bandeya asmanan tay udd-day panchi’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-Na O Pukhay Marday Nay. Kaday Kisi Nay Pankh Pakheru,Pukhay Marday Vaikhay Nay? Banday Hi Karday Rizq Zakheera,Banday Hi Pukhay Marday Nay. Baba Bulleh Shah Sufi Kalam

‘Banday Hi Pukhay Marday Nay’.- Bulleh Shah

Jhalia, Ishq Kamana Okha-Bulleh Shah
Bulleh Shah Poetry: 'Jhalia, Ishq Kamana okha, kisay noo yar banana okha'-Bulleh Shah sufi kalam
Bura Banda Labban Turya – Baba Bulleh Shah. Bura banda laban turya, bura na laba koi….Jad mein ander jhaati paei, tay may toon bura na koi.
Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah - Bura banda laban turya , bura na laba koi - Baba Bulleh Shah's Punjabi Poetry
Buuleh Shah! Uss Naal Yaari Kadi Na Laiyo. Bulleh Shah! Uss naal yaari kadi na laiyo, jiss noo apnay tay gharoor howay.
Baba Bulleh Shah's Punjapi Poetry - Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah - Bulleh Shah uss naal yaari kadi na laiyo, jiss noo apnay tay gharoor howay
Bulleh Nu Samjhawan Aiyan’-Bulleh Shah
Bulleh Shah Poetry: 'Bulleh Nu Samjhawan Aaiyan, Pehna Tay Parhjaiyan'- Sufi Kalam of Bulleh Shah

‘Bulleh Nu Samjhawan Aiyan’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah-‘Bulleh Nu Samjhawan Aiyan’

Bulleh Shah Poetry:‘Bulleh Nu Samjhawan Aiyan’-Sufi Poetry of Bulleh Shah. Samjhawan Aiyan...

Bulleh Shah’s Tomb in Kasur

Baba Bulleh Shah's Shrine in Kasur-Sufi Poet Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah’s Tomb in Kasur

A Punjabi Couplet written in the tomb of  Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah: 'Jis Tan Lagya Ishq Kamal'-a Punjabi couplet written in theshrine of Baba Bulleh Shah

A Punjabi Couplet written in the tomb of Bulleh Shah.

‘Jiss Yaar Day Yaar Hazaran Hone’ – Bulleh Shah

Baba Bulleh Shah Punjabi sufi kalam - Jiss yaar day yaar hazaran hone - Bulleh Shah Punjabi Poetr

‘Jis Tan Lagya Ishq Kamal’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry:'Jis Tan Lagya Ishq Kamal'- Sufi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah.Ishq Kamal....

‘Jis Tan Lagya Ishq Kamal’-Bulleh Shah

Jis Tan Lagya Ishq Kamal: Kalam Baba Bulleh Shah. Singer Hussain Baksh Gulloo.

‘Bulleh Shah zehar Vekh Ke Peeta tay Ki Peeta’

Bulleh Shah Poetry:'Bulleh Shah zehar Vekh Ke Peeta tay Ki Peeta'- Sufi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Bulleh Shah zehar Vekh Ke Peeta tay Ki Peeta’

 ‘Haji Loke Makkay Noo Janday’-Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry;'Haji Loke Makkay Noo Janday, Mera Ranjha hi Makkah, nee mein kamli aan'-Sufi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Haji Loke Makkay Noo Janday’-Bulleh Shah

‘Parh Parh Alam Fazal Hoya’–Bulleh Shah

Parh Parh Alam Fazal Hoya: Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah Poetry

‘Parh Parh Alam Fazal Hoya’–Bulleh Shah

 Bulleh Shah-’Parh Parh Alam Fazal Hoya’

Chal Bullehya Chal Othay Chaliye Jithay Saaray Annay’ ’–Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-‘Chal Bullehya Chal Othay Chaliye, Jithay Saaray Annay'-Baba Bulleh Shah Sufi Kalam

‘Chal Bullehya Chal Othay Chaliye Jithay Saaray Annay’ ’–Bulleh Shah

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sings Bulleh Shah Poetry. Nurat Fateh Ali Khan & party sung a Punjabi qawaali in a concert in Birmingham. He started off with some poetry from Bulleh Shah, then ‘Ni mein jaana jogi‘ part, then shifted to ‘Akhiyan udeek diyan‘ for a while. Again back to ‘Ni mein jaana‘. Yet instead of ending the qawaali like he usually does with the line ‘Aene loot laye Heer Sial‘, he streched the line and went on for 6 ecstasy filled minutes. Pure brilliance from the late master for music lovers.

“Na Ker Bandeya Meri Meri”

 Bulleh Shah Poetry - "Na kar bandeya meri meri" - Sufi Poetry of Baba Bulleh Shah

“Rateen Jagain Karain Ibadat, Rateen Jagan Kuttay” – Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry- "Rateen Jagain karain ibadat, Rateen Jagan Kuttay" - Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah
Translation: by Rafique Sheikh
You stay up all night and become known as “pious”, but what’s the big deal about staying up all night, dogs do that too,
The dogs are better than you (the so called “pious” people).
They don’t stop barking and keep unwanted people away and go sleep on trash,
The dogs are better than you (the so called “pious” people).
They don’t leave their master’s door,
Even if they are beaten a thousand times,
The dogs are better than you (the so called “pious” people).
I am not sure about the last one but I think it means O Bulleh Shah learn something
or do something,
Otherwise the dogs will win,
The dogs are better than you (the so called “pious” people).

‘Ilmon Bas Kareen O Yaar’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry; 'Ilmon bas kareen O Yaar'- Baba Bulleh Shah sufi kalam

‘Tu Ilmon Bas Kareen O Yaar’-Singer Shazia Manzoor

‘Tussin ve uchay, towaadhi zaat ve uchi’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Tussin ve uchay, towaadhi zaat ve uchi'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Tussin ve uchay, towaadhi zaat ve uchi’-Bulleh Shah

‘Bullehya! Qaul Alif de pooray’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Bullehya! Qaul Alif de pooray'-sufi kalam of baba Bulleh shah

‘Bullehya! Qaul Alif de pooray’-Bulleh Shah

Chal Chal Bullehya’ – Singer Javed Bashir. A Kafi of Bulleh Shah.

 ”Ek Nuktay Wich gal Mukdi Ae- Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-' Phar murshad abad khudai ho....Ek Nuktay Wich gal Mukdi Ae'-Baba Bulleh shah sufi kalam

”Ek Nuktay Wich gal Mukdi Ae- Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah! Asan marna nahi, gore piya koi hor.

Poetry of Bulleh Shah, 'Bulleh Shah Assan Marna nahi, Gore paiya koi Hore'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah! Asan marna nahi, gore piya koi hor.

‘Tere Ishq Nachaya Kar Kay Thaiya Thaiya’, Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Tere Ishq Nachaya Kar Kay Thaiya Thaiya'-Sufi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Tere Ishq Nachaya Kar Kay Thaiya Thaiya’, Bulleh Shah

Kanjri Banyaan Meri Izzat Na Ghatdi- Bulleh Shah

Mar na mulla bulariyan
Saanu apna yaar rajhawan de
Kanjri banyaan meri izzat na ghatdi
Mainu nach ke yaar manawan de
Loke ishq nu bhul gin de
Mainu gal wich mala pawan de
Bulleh Shah odi O jaane
Mainu apni toord nebha lein de

Tere Ishq Nachaya Kar Ke Thaiya Thaiya- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Tere Ishq Nachaya Kar Ke Thaiya Thaiya- Abida Parveen. It is the most widely sung composition of Bulleh Shah, Sultan Bahu & Kabir.  Abida Parveen sings charismatic poetry in her wonderful cstyle.

‘Charhday Suraj Dahlday Vekhay’-Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Charday suraj dhalday waikhay, bujhay diway balday waikhay, Loki kehnday daal na galdi, mein te pathar galday waikhay. Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Charday Suraj Dhalday waikhay’-Bulleh Shah

Ek Nukta Yaar Parhaya Ae-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry, 'Ek Nukta Yaar Parhaya Ae'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Ek Nukta Yaar Parhaya Ae’-Bulleh Shah

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah  Poetry: 'Ranjha Ranjha kardi ni hun main aape Ranjha hoi', Baba Bulleh Shah Sufi Kalam

‘Ki Jaana Mein Koi, Way Arriya Ki Jaana Mein Koi’. Readers to please compare the 3rd verse of this poem with the 2nd last verse of preceding poem titled ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kar Di”. Both verses are almost the same but there is very negligible difference between their wording. Can some one educate all of us that which one is authentic? Please write your comment at the end of this page in ‘Leave a Reply’ box.

‘Ki Jana Mein Koi Way Arriya’-Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah poetry -'Ki Jana Mein Koi Way Arriya', Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Ki Jana Mein Koi Way Arriya’-Bulleh Shah

 ‘Kurrian Hathain Chaapan Challay’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Kurrian Hathain Chaapan Challay'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Kurrian Hathain Chaapan Challay’-Bulleh Shah

‘Bith Namaazan, Chikkar Rozay, Kalmay Phir Gai Sehaai’-Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Bath Namazan, Chikar Rozay, Kalmay Phir Gai Siahi', sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh shah

‘Bath Namazan, Chikar Rozay, Kalmay Phir Gai Siahi’-Bulleh Shah

‘Bullehya Pee Sharab Tay Kha Kabab’-Bulleh Shah

Poetry of Bulleh Shah-'Bulleh Pi Sharab Tey Kha Kabab'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Bulleh Pi Sharab Tey Kha Kabab’-Bulleh Shah

Kujj Rola Paya Aalmaan,Kujj Kaghzaan Paya Jhal’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Kuj Rola Paya Aalmaan,Kuj Kaghzaan Paya Jhal', Baba Bulleh Shah sufi kalam

‘Kujj Rola Paya Aalmaan,Kujj Kaghzaan Paya Jhal’-Bulleh Shah

Rab Rab Karde Budhe Ho Gaye, Mullah Pandit Saaray’–Baba Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Rab Rab Karde Budhe Ho Gaye, Mullah Pandit Saaray’, Baba Bulleh Shah sufi kalam

‘Rab Rab Karde Budhe Ho Gaye, Mullah Pandit Saaray’–Bulleh Shah

‘Bullehya! Ki Jaana Mein Kaun?’-Bulleh Shah

'Bullehya! Ki Jaanan Mein Kaun?' Bulleh Shah Poetry.Bullehya! Ki Jaanan Mein Kaun

‘Bullehya! Ki Jaana Mein Kaun?’-Bulleh Shah

 ‘Ilm Parhian Ashraaf Na Howon’–Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-‘Ilm Parhian Ashraaf Na Howon, jehre howon asal kamine’-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Ilm Parhian Ashraaf Na Howon’–Bulleh Shah

Bullehya Qaul Alif day Pooray.–Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-‘Alif Allah Ratta Dil Mera’ Bullehya Qaul Alif day Pooray'. Sufi Kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah.

Bullehya Qaul Alif day Pooray.–Bulleh Shah

 Alif Allah‘-by Badnaam, a Sufi Band. A kalam by Bulleh Shah, featuring Badnaam (Ahmed Jilani, Lala Ahsan), Salman Albert (Drums) and Mehreen Syed.

‘Raati jagain karain Ibadat, Ratti Jagan Kutte’-Bulleh Shah

 Bulleh Shah Poetry- 'Rateen Jagain karain abadat, Rateen Jagan Kutte, Tethoon Utai'- sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Rateen jagain karain abadat, Rateen Jagan Kutte’-Bulleh Shah

‘Adhi Raat Latakday Taaray’

ﺍﺪﮬﻰ ﺮﺍﺖ ﻠﭩﮑﺪﺪﮮ ﺘﺎﺮﮮ ﺍﮎ ﻠﭩﮑﮯ ﺍﮎ ﻠﭩﮑﻦ ﮨﺎﺮﮮ ﻤﻴﮟ ﺍﭩﮭ  ﺁﺌﻰ ﻨﺪﻯ ﻜﻨﺎﺮﻯ ﮨﻦ ﭙﺎﺮ ﻟﻨﮝﮭﻦ ﻨﻮﮞ ﮐﮭﻟﻰ ﺁﮞ  

 ‘Bin Hafiz Hifz Quran Karain’

ﺒﻦ ﺤﺎﻔﻆ ﺤﻔﻆ  ﻗﺮﺁﻦ ﻜﺮﻴﮟ   ﭙﮍﮬ ﭙﮍﮬ ﻜﮯ ﺻﺎﻑ ﺯﺒﺎﻦ ﻜﺮﻴﮟ    ﭙﮭﺮ ﻨﻌﻤﺖ ﻮﭺ ﺪﮬﯾﺎﻦ ﻜﺮﻴﮟ   ﻤﻦ ﭙﮭﺮﺪﺍ ﺠﯾﻮﮞ ﮨﻠﻜﺎﺮﺍ ﮮ

Uth Gaye Gawaandon Yaar, Rabba Hun Ki Kariye. This Kafi of Bulleh Shah will be replaced by one in Punjabi script as and when it becomes available. If any reader finds it, he is requested to paste it in the “Comments” at the end of this page.

Uth gaye gawandon yaar,
Rabba hun ki kariye…

Uth gaye hun rehnde naahi
Hoya saath tayaar
Rabba hun ki kariye…
Uth gaye gawandon yaar,
Rabba hun ki kariye

Daadh kaleje bal bal uthdi
Bhadke birhoN naar
Rabba hun ki kariye…
Uth gaye gawandoñ yaar,
Rabba hun ki kariye…

Bulleh Shah piyare bajhon
Rahe uraar na paar
Rabba hun ki kariye
Uth gaye gawandon yaar,
Rabba hun ki kariye

Uth Gaye Gawaandon Yaar Rabba Hun Ki Kariye. Bulleh Shah’s kalam sung by Ghulam Ali.

Aik Alif-Sung by Saieen Zahoor and Noori. Coke Studio Session. Produced by Rohail Hyatt.

‘Chal Bullehya!’-The Mekaal Hasan Band. Directed & shot by Bilal Lashari. This video features an all star cast. The video fuses the western concept of the 7 deadly sins with sufi poetry and philosophy.

(1) Pride is represented by Amina Haq’s sequence.

(2) Envy is Juggan Kazim’s part, as shown by her expressions in the end.

(3) Gluttony is played by Ahmed Butt.

(4) Lust is Maumar Rana’s part.

(5) Anger’s part is played by Fawad Khan.

(6) Greed is of Meera since her old husband is lying on the death bed.

(7) Sloth (laziness) is of the old man shown at the starting.

‘Vehray Aa’- Sung by Arieb Azhar

Gharyali Diyo Nikal Ni-Bulleh Shah. Please also see the English translation of this kafi in the next paragraph.

Gharyali Diyo Nikal Ni-English Translation. Please also see Abida Parveen’s video singing this Kafi in the next paragraph.

Gharyali Diyo Nikal Ni: Singer Abida Parveen

‘Bullehya! Kha Haram te Parh Shukrana’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry- 'Bullehya Kha Haram te Parh Shukrana'-Baba Bulleh Shah sufi kalam

‘Bullehya! Kha Haram te Parh Shukrana’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Kafi- Apne Sang Ralain Piare-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry:Bulleh Shah Kafi- 'Apne Sang Ralain Piare'- Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Apne Sang Ralain Piare’-Bulleh Shah

‘Uth Gaye Gawandon Yaar’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah Poetry-'Uth Gaye Gawandon Yaar'- sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Uth Gaye Gawandon Yaar’-Bulleh Shah

‘Meri Bukkal De Vich Chor’-Bulleh Shah

Bulleh ShahPoetry-'Meri Bukkal De Vich Chor Chor Ni, Meri Bukkal De Vich Chor'-Sufi kalam of Baba Bulleh Shah

‘Meri Bukkal De Vich Chor Ni’-Bulleh Shah

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Poetry of Sani Ali Shah

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Comments

  1. I want to understand the meanings of Baba Bulleh Shah’s poetry. I need help please.

  2. Imran Hussain says:

    Very nice but aur ziada Punjabi mein unn ka kalam likha jana chahey qioun kay yeh he hamara virsa hai.

  3. So nice, I like it.

  4. Ghazanfar Ali says:

    He was a true Muslim & a wali.

  5. Bilal Mubashir says:

    Glorious poetry. Unbelievable character!!

  6. Aamir Shehzad Rajpoot says:

    Bully Shah was a Wali.

  7. Muhammad Azam says:

    Very lovely poetry of Baba Bullhe Shah, I like his poetry.

  8. Saeed Akram says:

    Bulleh Shah was a great poet.

  9. Baba Bulleh Shah used very soft and polite wording in his kalaam. He has a very gorgeous personality and power in his pen.

  10. Riffat Aziz says:

    I love Bulleh Shah, he was a great poet. Is there any institution to understand Bulleh Shah poetry?

  11. Zeeshan Faisal says:

    No doubt Bulleh Shah was a great poet, we can’t compare any one with him.

  12. Syed Hussain Imam says:

    Bulleh Shah a spiritual person yet to be understood. He has spoken within the words and every individual gives it his own meanings. His understanding can only be had if a person has Allah’s fearing in him.

  13. Chand Malik, Vehari says:

    I love Bulleh Shah’s poetry.

  14. Muhammad Nawaz Jan says:

    Baba G Rehmtullah Ellah is a wonderful, spectacular and great sufi poet, who torched the light of Islam and showed the true face of Islam i.e. “LOVE TO HUMANITY”.
    Its a time to highlight the true path of Islam “The Sufi-ism”.

  15. Very nice poetry of Bulleh Shah. Thanks for sharing.

  16. M. Fayyaz Awan says:

    Wah kaya baat kahe hai! Per yeh samajhnay waloun kay liye hai.

  17. Ghulam Murtaza Khan says:

    We are proud of Baba Bulleh Shah, the great poet of our country.

  18. Mirza Dildar Baig says:

    The most beautiful and heart touching poetry. I really like it

  19. Very nice page and website… Good work!

  20. Mashaa Allah!! This is wonderful poetry.

  21. Haider Ali Rajpoot says:

    Bulleh Shah was a great man.

  22. Samia Tariq says:

    Awesome!! Fabulous!! I love this poetry.

  23. Bulleh Shah used very soft words to explain spectacular and unspectacular moments of life. He had very amazing power in his pen.

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