Remembering the mystic whose message transcended caste, religion and power in seventeenth century Punjab. Born in 1680 and named Abdullah Shah in a Syed family, he found a Murshid (spiritual master) in Shah Inayat, a man from a lower caste.
Na Raindee Hai, a Kalam by Bulleh Shah.
The world is a slippery place; Tread carefully for ‘tis dark;
Go inside see who’s there; Why do the people search outside;
What’s on the tongue must be said; Bullah, the beloved is not separate from us;
Besides the beloved there is naught; But the discerning eye is missing;
Therefore life endures separation; What’s on the tongue must be said;
Learning through the rote of books you call yourself a scholar;
Grasping the sword in your hand you call yourself a warrior;
Having visited Mecca and Medina you call yourself a pilgrim;
Bullah, what have you accomplished if you have not remained true to your friend!
Photographs taken by Hoshyaar contributor Bushra Shehzad and packaged by Hosh media, a volunteer-based organization that aims to bring youth voices on to the mainstream media.