MIRPUR (AJK) - Rich tribute was paid to eminent mystic poet scholar, spiritual leader and the preacher of Islam in the subcontinent and the author of renowned book of poetry "Saiful Malook" Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (RA) at the 11th Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (RA) Conference held here the other night.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan was the chief guest at the moot which was held under the auspices of Mian Muhammad Bakhsh Society Mirpur to pay homage to the mystic poet, scholar of Punjabi and Pahari language. AJK ministers including Ch Arshad Hussain and Javed Iqbal Badahnvi, Markazi Milaad Committee President Haji Ghulam Rasool Awami graced the occasion as guests of honour.

Paying rich tributes to Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (RA), AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan said that the mystic poet scholar, through his high poetic intellect and pen spread the message of mutual harmony and brotherhood among the humanity through the anthology of his poetry - "Saiful Malook" besides preaching and publications of the teachings of Islam in the subcontinent and particularly in this region of the subcontinent.

He said that best way to pay glorious tributes to the personalities of high character and wisdom like Hazarat Mian sahib was to follow their footsteps by practically acting upon their sayings and directions they determined as a sources of guidance for the humanity.

"The mystic poetry of Mian sahib is as much a literary classic as it is an embodiment of peoples' feelings, their culture and their whole concept of life", the President observed.

Other speakers including AJK Minister for Electricity Ch Arshad Hussain, Minister Ch Javed Iqbal Badanvi, Mirpur Deputy Commissioner Ch Guftaar Hussain, Haji Ghulam Rasool Awami, KD Chaudhry as well as other leading poets, scholars and historians from various parts of the country including Prof Jamshaid Azam Chishti from Lahore, Sadeeq Zia from Pothohar, Haji Lal Din from Mirpur, Zubairul Hassan Jiraal from Mirpur, Muhamad Azam Chishti from Kharian, Allama Qari Muhammad Aslam Naqshabni, Allama Zubair Ahmed, Qari Muhammad Attaur Rehman Abid, Ahmed Nouman Farooqi, Baboo Muhammad Sadeeque Ch, President Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh Society, Muhammad Sharif Ch and others presented the mystic anthology from the  world-fame poetic book 'Saiful Malook' of Mian Sahib (RA) depicting the respect, honour and sovereignty of human rights and human values in the society.

Eminent Na'at Khawan also presented the mystic poetry of great Saint and Arif - e - Khari Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (RA).

The conference was also followed by special sitting to read "Saifual Malook" wherein his admirers presented the "kalam" in most significant manner.

KD Chaudhry, an eminent Kashmiri historian, columnist and an admirer of Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh recalled on the occasion that Sufi poets like Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, not only mastered in religious faculty but had a deep and perfect understanding of the poetry, a poetry which springs from the soil of Punjab. No wonder the music in Punjab is not only a solace to the soul but also a part of the devotion of love and of a duty to the mystic and divine realm of one's Guru or Master.

In this long list of "Men of God" there are many others including Hindu and Sikh mystics as well, most of whom believed in unity of God and preached something which was a blend of Islam, and local beliefs. One of these pious men was also Mian Muhammad Bakhsh of Khari Sharif.

Mian Mohammad Bakhsh was the last Sufi poet of the Arabic-Persian tradition in Punjab.

Born in 1824 at Khari Sharif in Mirpur district of Azad Jammu Kashmir, he got his education at the famous religious institution of Samar Sharif. After completing his education he travelled all over the province to quench his thirst for knowledge.

Later he returned to his native land and became a disciple of Sain Ghulam Mohammad.

His period was a period of turmoil for the sub-continent for the British colonialists had coloured the land red with the native blood, Mian Mohammad's thoughts were a blend of Semetic and Arayan tradition with a significant texture of Islam. He believed in the unity of being. The rich tradition of Punjabi poetry mixed with the under currents of Maulana Roomi and Ibn-e-Arabi made his poetry eternal.

His famous epic poem Safar-e-Ishaq popularly known as Saiful Malook is written in the same atmosphere. The world-fame poem Saiful Malook holds a unique place. In this poem Mian Mohammad Bakhsh explains the spiritual secrets of the Real love through a worldly love story. He had an ample grasp over music which makes his diction highly mellifluous. Mian Muhammad Bakhsh died in 1907.