Book Review: The Spirit of a Sultan

I do not know as much about Islam or about the Muslim culture as I would like.  And I knew nothing of Sufism.  When I was offered the opportunity to review this book about Sufi poet and saint, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, I was immediately interested.  What did I think of The Spirit of a Sultan by Ahmad Javid (Sarwari Qaderi)?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review and I may receive slight commissions from affiliate linking within this post--but, all opinions are my own.

Summary of The Spirit of a Sultan.  One of the most venerated Sufi poets and saints, Hazrat Sultan Bahu’s life has been as veiled as the divine. Through countless stories, the loveable and fully illumined spiritual master’s life has been told mostly through oral tradition. Using the deep emotions of his teachings, this inspiring new book uses the depth of Sultan Bahu to ignite the love of God in readers’ hearts while uplifting them to greater heights.

The Spirit of a Sultan is a mystical new novel based on the true life accounts of Sufi reverend, poet, and saint, Sultan Bahu. A historical biography reminiscent of Autobiography of a Yogi, the novel uses a slight fictional component to create a spiritual atmosphere throughout the story. A spellbinding tale of enlightenment, this wonderful book follows Sultan Bahu’s life history and spiritual journey while showing us all how to connect with God in our hearts and minds. Written in an extraordinarily unique and intriguing style, The Spirit of a Sultan portrays the true account of a saint who shares a great many parallels with Guatama Buddha. Following a man who gave away his wealth, land, and legacy in order to pursue an austere existence in search of the truth while teaching others the realization of God and special meditation techniques, the novel inspires readers everywhere to re-examine their own lives and their relationships with God.

The Spirit of a Sultan is a beautiful book--that educates and inspires.  The author introduces the history of the region in such a way that the reader is almost pulled melodically through the scenes.  I learned so much about the history of the region, Islam and the Muslim and Hindu cultures easily within the books pages.  The author patiently--almost soothingly--lays out each scene, defines cultural words simply, and guides the reader through the life and times--and legacy of Hazrat Sultan Bahu.

The Spirit of a Sultan inspires self reflection.  The strong faith and inner peace exhibited (or desired) by the books' characters is so elusive for so many today.  This book encourages readers to explore their own relationship with God--and is written in such a way that readers will be drawn to explore deeper spirituality and devotion.

Would I recommend The Spirit of a Sultan?  This is probably the best, spiritual book that I have read this year.  As I explored the life of Hazrat Sultan Bahu--it was truly both educational and enlightening.  I think anyone seeking a stronger relationship with God will find inspiration and beauty in this book.

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About the author:

Born in Pakistan, author Ahmad Javid (Sarwari Qaderi) is a twelfth generation Sufi with ancestral lineage going back to Syed Muhammad al Hussaini Gisudiraz the saint of Decan, a descendant of Iman Hussain, the son of Ali Ibne Abi Talib, and eventually, to the fountainhead of all spirituality, the prophet Muhammad. He spent seventeen years in Iran extensively studying Sufi literature and poetry before coming to the United States in 1993 to finish his residency training in pediatrics from Columbia University. He is the author of Sufi Light: The Secret of Meditation, which is available on

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