Fariduddin Ganjshakar

[Baba Farid] (1173–1266 / Kothewai, Multan / Pakistan)

Fariduddin Ganjshakar
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Farīduddīn Mas'ūd Ganjshakar, commonly known as Baba Farid (Punjabi: بابا فرید ), was a 12th-century Sufi preacher and saint of the Chishti Order of South Asia.

Fariduddin Ganjshakar is generally recognized as the first major poet of the Punjabi language, and is considered one of the pivotal saints of the Punjab region. Revered by Muslims and Hindus, he is considered one of the fifteen Sikh bhagats, and selections from his work are included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh sacred scripture. He is buried in Pakpattan, in present-day Punjab, Pakistan.

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Bābā Farīd was born in 1173 or 1188 AD (584 Hijri) at Kothewal village, 10 km from Multan in the Punjab ... more »

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Dear Friend, Turn to Allah

dear friend, turn to Allah.
This body shall become
dust in the miserable,
dark house of the grave.

Today is the day of union,
O Sheikh Farid,
so tame these wild cranes
of desire that inflame
and incite the heart.

We all know that we shall die
and never again return.
Then why do we love
this false world
and sell ourselves?

We must ever speak
of the true path;
let us not speak lies.
Let us walk the guru's course
like humble disciples.

Seeing strong, handsome youths
swim across to the other side,
a weak woman takes ...

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