Baba Farid

One day a certain Qawwal (Sufi musician), with the name of Abu Bakr, came from Multan (Pakistan) to Hazrat Nizamuddin's teacher. The teacher asked for information about the Sufi Sheikhs of Multan. Abu Bakr answered thus: "I have lived in the company of Hazrat Sheikh Bahauddin Zakaria of Multan and I have sung mystical couplets for him. In his Khanqah (Sufi monastery) the worship of Allah is very devoted, so much so that even the girls who knead the flour, while doing so, are occupied with the Zikr (remembrance of Allah). From there I went to Ajodhan (the present Pak Pattan in Pakistan). There I got the privilege of meeting Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Gang-e-Shakar," That sovereign of love of God has conquered the world and the light of his moon has illuminated that area."

"When I heard these words of praise in regard to Baba Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar," Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia says, I developed a sudden and intense love for him and I began to repeat his name after every Namaz (prayer)."

The Qawwal had started his concert with this line: "The living serpent of love has bitten my heart." But then Abu Bakr could not recollect the second line. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia helped him to do so, and seeing this, the Qawwal became very attentive towards him. From that day, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia became very much attached to Baba Farid.