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Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (Sindhi: شاه عبدللطيف ڀٽائي; 1689/1690 – 21 December 1752), commonly known by the honorifics Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot, Bhittai, and Bhit Jo Shah, was a Sindhi Sufi mystic and poet from Pakistan, widely considered to be the greatest poet of the Sindhi language.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
شاه عبدللطيف ڀٽائي
|21 December 1752 (aged 63)
|Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Bhit (Bhit Shah), Sindh, Pakistan
|Shah Jo Risalo
|Part of a series on Islam
Born to a Sayyid family (descendants of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima) of Hala Haweli, near modern-day Hala, Abdul Latifs real mother belonged to the family of Makhdum Dayani, a Majzub. He was also called Makhdum Arabi, as he had come from Arabia. Bhittai grew up in the nearby town of Kotri Mughal. At the age of around 20, he left home and traveled throughout Sindh and neighboring lands, and met many a mystic and Jogis, whose influence is evident in his poetry. Returning home after three years, he was married into an aristocrat family, but was widowed shortly afterwards and did not remarry. His piety and spirituality attracted large following as well as hostility of a few. Spending last years of his life at Bhit (Bhit Shah), he died in 1752. A mausoleum was built over his grave in subsequent years and became a popular pilgrimage site.
His poems were compiled by his disciples in his Shah Jo Risalo. It was first published in 1866. Several Urdu and English translations of the work have been published since. Bhittai's poetry is popular among the people of Sindh and he is venerated throughout the province.
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