(Last Updated on : 20-10-2014)
Baba Sheikh Farid Shakarganj was a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. He was famous for contributing his extraordinary religious thought.
Baba Sheikh Farid was a great saint of India, who is considered as a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. Baba Sheikh Farid was born in the year of 1173 during a period, when Punjab was going through great crossroads and he did a great job in applying his own thoughts and trying to unite all the Punjabis.
Baba Farid was inclined to the religious thoughts and spiritualism from his tender age and he went to Hajj at a very young age of only 16 years. He stayed there for some time and when he came back to India, his family decided to send him to Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki
for taking lessons in theology. Baba Farid took his primary lessons on theology from Qutubuddin, before Qutubuddin sent him to the shrine of Abdul Shakur of Sarsa, near Delhi, to finish his education, on finding Baba Farid lacking in scholarship.
Baba Sheikh Farid has a lot of achievements in his life that helped him to become one of the pioneers of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. He became successful to make the Pak Pattan a great centre of Sufi thoughts and he always used his Punjabi language
, the language of the common people, to spread his thoughts and knowledge. However, he also had great knowledge about the other languages like Arabic, Persian, etc and he has written all his couplets in Punjabi with Persian script. His successors and descendants carried his torch of thoughts quite successfully, after Baba Sheikh Farid died of pneumonia in the year of 1266.
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