Pir Shahabuddin and Pir Sadruddin: The famous Sufi Poets of Sindh:
Pir Shahabuddin and Pir Sadruddin were renowned Sufi poets of Sindh Province who have devoted all their lives in spreading the light of Islam in Sindh and all over Indo-Pak subcontinent. Sindh language and culture was made extremely popular and rich by the teachings and the writings of these famous Sufi poets and scholars. Their literary work is translated into many languages are still read with profound respect.
Born in 1290 AD, Pir Saddruddin was a great Sufi poet, saint and scholar of his time. His composed his poetic compilations also called ‘Ginans’ in Lari and Katchi dialects of Sindhi language and in Punjabi, Hindi, Seraiki and Gujarati languages. He made modifications in the old Sindhi scripture which was considered to be one of his great literary achievements. This modified Sindhi scripture was later on used by the Luhana caste of native Hindus of Sindh who became followers of Islam under his teachings and he gave them the name ‘Khojas’ or ‘Khuwajas’.
Pir Saddurdin was born in the village of Sabzwar in Persia. His year of birth is not very much clear and historians have recorded different figures for instance Tawarikh-e-Pir mentions his year of birth as 650 AH whereas Prof W. Ivanow places his birth year in 689 AH or 1290 AD. The family of Pir Saddrudin was considered to be the direct descendent from Imam Ja’far-as-Sadiq. He was raised to the status of Pirship by Imam Islam Shah who was the 30th Imam in the Nizari branch of Ismailis. He received his education under the guidance of Pir Shamz Sabzwari and also traveled along with him during his visit to Sindh, Punjab and Kashmir in order to spread the light of Islam to these areas.
Pir Shahabuddin and Pir Saddruddin spent their entire lives working for the betterment and for the spread of Islamic teachings and values to people. They were the masters of literature and had profound knowledge of Quran and Hadiths. Pir Saddrudin has composed hundreds and thousands of religious verses in various dialects which were popularly known as ‘Ginans’. One of his most famous works is ‘Das Avatar’ which is a compilation of small Ginans. He died in 918 AH at Uchh and was laid to rest at Trinda Gorgej which is located at a distance of about 15 miles from Uchh in Bhawalpur, Pakistan. His mausoleum is visited every year by many devotees who gather around to pay homage and tribute to this great Sufi poet and saint.