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Pir Budhu Shah

Pir Budhu Shah was a Muslim saint of the medieval period. He is highly revered by the Sikhs, since he assisted Guru Gobind Singh in the battle to establish the Sikh religion.

Pir Budhu Shah was born as Sayyid Badr-ud-din on June 13, 1641. Even though born in a rich family, he was more of a spiritual person. He was given the nickname ‘budhu,’ which means stupid during his childhood because of his lack of interest in worldly affairs. He attained the status of a saint in his adulthood. His piety and holiness gained him many followers, irrespective of their religion.

Pir Budhu Shah was grieved by the oppressive rule of Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, who followed a policy of religious persecution of the Sikhs. In the many battles fought by Guru Gobind Singh, Pir Budhu Shah offered his assistance by persuading his followers to join in the war. His timely assistance helped in the Guru's victory over the Mughals. However Pir Budhu Shah and his family had to lose their lives as a consequence. They were killed by the Mughals on 21 March, 1705.

Pir Budhu Shah’s spiritual ways of life made him a revered person for the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs alike.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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