Bulleh Shah Quotes Poetry Shayari Punjabi Status

Bulleh Shah is believed to have been born in 1680, in the small village of Uch, Bahawalpur, Punjab, now in Pakistan.

1 Ranjha Ranjha Kardi by Bulleh Shah Poetry Lyrics

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Hun Mein Aape Ranjha Hoyi
Saddu Menu De Do Ranjha Heer Na Aakho Koi

Ranjha Mein Wich, Mein Ranjhe Wichh, Ghair Khayal Na Koi
Mein Nahi, Aoh Aap Hai, Apni Aap Kare Diljoi

Jo Kuch Sade Ander Wasse, Zaat Sadi Soyi
Jis Dey Naal Mein Nunh Lgaya, Aoho Jesi Hoyi

Chitti Chadar La Sut Kurye, Pehn Faqeeran Loyi
Chitti Chadar Dagh Lakesi, Loyi Dagh Na Koi

Takht Hazare La Chal Bullehya, Sailyen Mile Na Dhoyi
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Hun Mein Aape Ranjha Hoyi

2 Koi Aj Chalya Koi Kal Chalya

Koi Ban Gaya Ronaq Pakhian Di, Koi Chor Ke Sheesh Mehal Chalya
Koi Palya Naaz Te Nakhrian Wich, Koi Rait Garam Te Thal Chalya
Koi Bhul Gaya Maqsad Aawan Da, Koi Kar Ke Maqsad Hal Chalya
Ithay Har Koi Fareed Musafar Ae, Koi Aj Chalya Koi Kal Chalya

3 Bulleh Nu Lok Matan Dainde

Bulleh Nu Lok Matan Dainde Tun Ja Bho Mesati
Wich Mesatan Kih Kuj Honda Je Dilo Namaz Na Neti
Bahar Pak Kite Keh Honda Je Andron Na Gyi Pleti
Bin Murshad Kamal Bhulya Teri Awain Gyi Ibadat Keti

4 Masjid Dha De Mandar Dha De

Masjid Dha De Mandar Dha De
Dhenda Jo Kuch Dha De
Ik Banday Da Dil Na Dhawain
Rab Dilan Wich Rehnda

5 Parh Parh Kitaban Ilam Diya

Parh Parh Kitaban Ilam Diya Tu Naam Rakh Leya Qazi
Hath Wich Pharh Ke Talwar Nam Rakh Leya Ghazi
Makee Madine Ghom Aya Te Nam Rakh Leya Haji
Au Bullehia Hasal Ki Kita? Jay Tu Rab Na Kita Razi

6 Charday Suraj Dhallde Waikhay

Charday Suraj Dhalday Waikhay
Bhuje Deway Balde Waikhay
Heray Da Koi Mal Na Taray
Khotay Sikay Chalday Waikhay
Jina Da na Jag Te Koi
Aovi Putar Palde Waikhay
Aodi Rehmat De Nal
Banday Pani Utay Chalde Waikhay
Loki Kehnday Dal Nai Galdi
Main Te Pathar Galde Waikhay

7 Sir Te Topi Te Niyat Khoti

Sir Te Topi Te Niyat Khoti
Lena Ki Sir Topi Dhar Ke
Tasbeeh Phri Par Dil Na Phiria
Lena Ki Tasbeeh Hath Pharh Ke
Chille Kitay Par Rab Na Milya
Lena Ki Chilian Wich War Ke
Bulleh Shah Jag Bina Doodh Nai Jamda
Pawain Lal Hovay Karh Karh Ke

8 Ni Main Kamli Aan

Haji Lok Makke No Janday
Mera Ranjha Mahi Makkah
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Main Mang Ranjhe Yar De Hoyan
Mera Babal Karda Dhaka
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Wichay Haji Wichay Namazi
Wichay Chor Uchaka
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Haji Lok Makke no Janday
Asi Janan Takht Hazaray
Jit Dil Yar Atay Dil Kaaba
Sadain Phol Kitaban Charay
Ni Main Kamli Aan

9 Ni Main Kamli Aan

Haji Lok Makke No Janday
Mera Ranjha Mahi Makkah
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Main Mang Ranjhe Yar De Hoyan
Mera Babal Karda Dhaka
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Wichay Haji Wichay Namazi
Wichay Chor Uchaka
Ni Main Kamli Aan

Haji Lok Makke no Janday
Asi Janan Takht Hazaray
Jit Dil Yar Atay Dil Kaaba
Sadain Phol Kitaban Charay
Ni Main Kamli Aan

10 Bura Labha Na Koi

Bure Banday Nu Main Laban Turya Par Bura Laba Na Koi
Jad Main Andar Jhati Pai Te Main Tu Bura Na Koi

11 Rab Rab Kar De Budeh Ho Gaye

Rab Rab Kar De Budeh Ho Gaye, Mulla Pandat Saray
Rab Da Khoj Khra Na Labha, sajday Kar Kar Haray
Rab Te Tere Andar Wasda, Wich Quran Isharay
Bulleh Shah Rab Auhnoo Man si Jera Apnay Nafs Nu Mare

12 Chal Bulleya Hun

Chal Bullia Hun Othay Chalye Jithay Saray Anay
Na Koi Sanu Penchany Na Koi Sanu Manny

13 Parh Parh ilam Fazal Hoya

Parh Parh Aalim Fazal Hoya
Kadi Apnay Aap Nu Parhya Ai Nai
Ja Ja Warda Masjidan Mandran Andar
Kadi Man Apnay Wich Warya Ai Nai
Aevin Roz Shetan Na Larda
Kadi Nafs Apnay Na Larya Ae Nai
Bulleh Shah Asmnai Uddian Pharda Ae
Jhera Ghar Betha Aunon Pharia Ae Nai

14 Bulleh Shah Us Nal Yaari Kadi Na Laeyo

Bulleh Shah Us Nal Yari Kadi Na Liyo, Jis Nu Apnay Tay Ghroor Hovay
Buray Raste Kadi Na Jayo, Chahy Kani Wi Manzal Door Hovay
Rah Janday Nu Dil Na Diyo, Chahy Lakh Mounh Te Noor Hovy
Pyar Sirf Othay Kario, Jithay Pyar Nibahwan Da Dastoor Hovay

15 Bulleh Shah Zehar Vaikh Ke Pita Te Ki Pita

Bulleh Shah Zehr Vaikh Ke Pita Te Ki Pita
Ishq Soch Ke Kita Te Ki Kita
Dil De Ke Dil Lain Di Aas Rakhi
We Bullehia Pyar Iho Jiya Kita Te Ki Kita


Biography of Bulleh Shah

When he was six months old, his parents relocated to Malakwal. There his father, Shah Muhammad Darwaish, was a preacher in the village mosque and a teacher. His father later got a job in Pandoke, about 50 miles southeast of Kasur. Bulleh Shah received his early schooling in Pandoke and moved to Kasur for higher education. He also received education from Maulana Mohiyuddin. His spiritual teacher was the eminent Sufi saint, Shah Inayat Qadiri, from Arain tribe of Lahore Punjab.

Little is known about Bulleh Shah’s direct ancestors, except that they were migrants from Uzbekistan. However, Bulleh Shah’s family was directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad.


A large amount of what is known about Bulleh Shah comes through legends and is subjective; to the point that there isn’t even agreement among historians concerning his precise date and place of birth. Some “facts” about his life have been pieced together from his own writings. Other “facts” seem to have been passed down through oral traditions.

Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, and Shah Sharaf.

Bulleh Shah lived in the same period as the Sindhi Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai. His lifespan also overlapped with the Punjabi poet Waris Sha, of Heer Ranjha fame, and the Sindhi Sufi poet Abdul Wahab, better known by his pen-name, Sachal Sarmast (“truth seeking leader of the intoxicated ones”). Amongst Urdu poets, Bulleh Shah lived 400 miles away from Mir Taqi Mir of Agra.

Poetry Style

The verse form Bulleh Shah primarily employed is called the Kafi, a style of Punjabi, Sindhi and Siraiki poetry used not only by the Sufis of Sindh and Punjab but also by Sikh gurus.

Bulleh Shah’s poetry and philosophy strongly criticize Islamic religious orthodoxy of his day.

A Beacon of Peace

Bulleh Shah’s time was marked by communal strife between Muslims and Sikhs. But in that age, Baba Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and peace for the citizens of Punjab. While Bulleh Shah was in Pandoke, Muslims killed a young Sikh man who was riding through their village in retaliation for the murder of some Muslims by Sikhs. Baba Bulleh Shah denounced the murder of an innocent Sikh and was censured by the mullahs and muftis of Pandoke. Bulleh Shah maintained that violence was not the answer to violence. Bulleh Shah also hailed the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur as a Ghazi, or “religious warrior”, which caused controversy among Muslims of that time.


Bulleh Shah’s writings represent him as a humanist, someone providing solutions to the sociological problems of the world around him as he lives through it, describing the turbulence his motherland of Punjab is passing through, while concurrently searching for God. His poetry highlights his mystical spiritual voyage through the four stages of Sufism: Shariat (Path), Tariqat (Observance), Haqiqat (Truth) and Marfat (Union). The simplicity with which Bulleh Shah has been able to address the complex fundamental issues of life and humanity is a large part of his appeal. Thus, many people have put his kafis to music, from humble street-singers to renowned Sufi singers like the Waddali Brothers, Abida Parveen, and Pathanay Khan, from the synthesized techno qawwali remixes of UK-based Asian artists to the rock band Junoon.

Bulleh Shah’s popularity stretches uniformly across Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims, to the point that much of the written material about this philosopher is from Hindu and Sikh authors.

Modern Renderings

In the 1990s Junoon, a rock band from Pakistan, rendered such poems as Aleph (Ilmon Bas Kareen O Yaar) and Bullah Ki Jaana. In 2004, Rabbi Shergill performed the unlikely feat of turning the abstruse metaphysical poem Bullah Ki Jaana into a Rock/Fusion song, which became hugely popular in India and Pakistan. The Wadali Bandhu, a Punjabi Sufi group from India, also released a version of Bullah Ki Jaana on their album Aa Mil Yaar…Call of the Beloved. Another version was performed by Lakhwinder Wadali titled Bullah. Bulleh Shah’s verses have also been adapted and used in Bollywood film songs. Examples include the songs “Chaiyya Chaiyya” and “Thayya Thayya” in the 1998 film Dil Se. The 2007 Pakistani movie Khuda Kay Liye includes Bulleh Shah’s poetry in the song “Bandeya Ho”. The 2008 film, A Wednesday, included a song titled “Bulle Shah, O Yaar Mere”. In 2009, Episode One of Pakistan’s Coke Studio Season 2 featured a collaboration between Sain Zahoor and Noori, “Aik Alif”. In June 2010 Coke Studio 3 Episode One featured “Na Raindee Hai” performed by Arieb Azhar. His tomb is located in Kasur, Pakistan.

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