Urs of Rahman Baba today

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The Urs of renowned Pashto Sufi Poet Abdul Rahman Baba will be observed on April 1.

Rahman Baba was a member of the Khalil Muhmand (Bahader Kalay) sub-tribe of Pukhtuns, a group that originally migrated from Kandahar to Peshawar valley from the 13th to 16th century, said a press relaese.

His poetry expresses a peaceful mystical side of local culture.

A collection of Rahman’s poetry called the Diwan (Anthology) of Rahman Baba contains 343 poems most of which are written in his native language. Abdur Rahman Baba died in 1715 AD. 

A collection of Rahman’s poetry, called the Diwan of Rahman Baba, contains 343 poems, most of which are written in his native Pashto. The Diwan of Rahman Baba was in wide circulation by 1728. 

There are over 25 original hand-written manuscripts of the Diwan scattered in various libraries worldwide, including ten in the Pashto Academy in Peshawar, four in the British Library, three in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, as well as copies in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the University Library Aligath. The first printed version was collected by the Anglican Missionary T.P. Hughes and printed in Lahore in 1877.

It is this version which remains the most commonly used to this day.