Rehman Baba (1632-1707)
|Date of Issue (August 04, 2005)||
Abd-ul-Rehman known as Abdul Rehman Baba is one of the most popular Pashto poets. The colour of his poetry is deep mystical. He occupies the same position in Pashto Literature which Hafiz Musle-ud-Din Shirazi does have in Persian.
He was born in 1632 A.D. at Deh Bahadur, a village, 4 km south of Peshawar.
He belonged to the Muhmand branch of Ghuria Khel or Ghori Khel tribe. His father, Abdul Sattar, was a peasant. He got his early education from a local religious scholar Mulla Muhammad Yousaf. When Mulla Yousaf went to Kohat he also followed his religious mentor. Abdul Rehman adopted the life of privations, austerity and asceticism, at the age of mere 20 years.
The peculiarity of Rehman Baba's poetry is its fluency, accurate choice of words, originality and simplicity. Besides many others, Major Reverty in his book "Selection from the poetry of Afghans" has also paid rich contributes to him. He writes; Rehman Baba's poetry is the heart beat of every Afghan and is recited through the Afghan lands.
Baba died in 1707 AD his tomb is situated near the Shrine of Akhuand Darwaizah
Baba at Peshawar, which is visited by his followers and admirers throughout
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