The 19 th century Sufi poet WAHAB KHAAR was born at Khrew Shaar, Pampore.
He had fine and beautiful long life of one hundred years; there is uncertainty in the birth and death date of Wahab Khaar, some historian say he died in the year 1910.
His father HAIT KHAAR was also a Sufi saint and poet, well known, respected and reputed man of the area. He had remained in touch with many Sufi saints of the time, he was fond of singing and used to attend almost all the singing functions, he spend most of his time in the company of Faqeers.
He was disciple of SABIR SAAB, a great Sufi saint of his time. I would love to write down few lines of Hait Khaar’s Kalaam which he used to sing in presence of his Mursheed.
Suleh Paigaam Boozum Drayes, Suleh Ges Ges Wachis Neh Neyayes
Waneh Hait Khaar Waneh Naie Aamie, Yaar Konie Aamaie Latiye
Poosheh Tarenn Meh Bahaar Aamaie, Yaar Konie Aamaie Latiye
(Early I got wind and left, still could not accomplish my desires
Hait Khaar says, I could not recognize him, Why my beloved didn’t come
Flower branches blossomed, Why my beloved didn’t come)
WAHAB-KHAAR, the name itself assures that he wasa blacksmith by profession who moulds hardest and most arduous iron according to necessitate andgives it a new shape, this endowment was also found in his writings.
He had acquired mastery in shaping thoughts completely in a different and unique way which has its own beauty. Wahab Khaar is a celebrity and renowned mystic poet of Kashmir for his towering spiritual powers and unique approach of writing poetry.
Kalwael Dama Dechaow Meh Tai, Mai Khaan Manzai Choom
Mass Tcheth Wahab Khaar Talab Daar Tchu Tai, Su Kass Patai Gaoom
Beh Tchus Dramut Yaaras Patai, Su Kass Patai Gaoom
(Mixologist offer me a sip of wine, I drunk in cantina
Fuddled Wahab Khaar is a devotee, but whom after he went
I am following my beloved, but whom after he went)
Being a blacksmith Wahab Khaar was a handsome lad used to wear fine looking outfit, he was famousthroughout the area from childhood. It was the time of Dogra Raj when Kashmir was undergoing somany difficulties and distress.
People of the valley were living in bad condition could not even fulfill the daily requirements. But Wahab Khaar was a technical hand, farmer and singer, his earnings allowed him to wear costly clothes and live a comfortable life. When whole Kashmir was in poorcondition Wahab Khaar was living a bit comfortablelife.
Wahab Khaar belonged to a Sufi family and as suchhe was inclined to Sufism from the very birth; he was fond of writing and singing from early age, wherever he finds Mehfil-i-Samma, he used to attend at any cost.
Wahab Khaar dedicated his life in writing poetry and singing in presence of great Sufi saints of the time. It is said that Wahab Khaar used to smoke bhang (Charas) at some occasions.
Wahab Khaar got married with REHMAT . She was apious lady helped Wahab Khaar in every step of life. Besides taking care of children she was a good house wife, dealt everything with ease and calm.
She became a helping hand for her husband wherever it needed. She domesticated many animals and used to help Wahab Khaar in the fieldstoo. These qualities make her a fine lady with great caliber, lady of excellence, worthy of great respect.
Wahab Khaar was very fortunate having Shareeq-e-Hayaat (wife) like Rehmat who assisted and served him whole life; her contributions in the pathof faith and love can never be overlooked. Wahab Khaar used to call her with the name “Bun Gam Tchi” because she hailed from a nearby village called Bun Gam.
Yem Yemi Bosareh Draie Matioo, Tim Neh Firith Aai
Abdul Wahabas Rai Matioo, Jaie Kativ Tchei
Tchem Cheenie Sehtha Maie Matioo, Jaie Kativ Tchei
(Who he left this mortal world never came back
Abdul Wahab has credence to meet you, where do you dwell
I have unconditional love for you, where do you dwell)
One of the worth mentioned quality of Jenab Wahab Sahab Khar was his determination and regard for his land that he tilted himself to inspire others to follow the suit. Though being a mystic he managed to live a normal life which after some time underwent a tremendous change for his being lost in the world of wonders.
Wahab Khaar was a famous Sufi poet and singer used to sing along his party members in various occasions. Once Wahab Khaar with his fellowships went to a function organized by the disciples of Rehman Saab (A celebrated Sufi saint of the time).
Mehfil-i-Samma was at its zenith when the Mursheed Rahman Saab asked to stop singing and said Wahab Khaar to enter the kitchen and look in the pots for some food. Wahab Khaar could not deny entered in the kitchen and started searching but all the pots were empty except one containing grains of rice. He took and brought it to Rahman Saab who ordered Wahab Khaar to eat it.
It was an order so Wahab Khaar accepted and ate up the rice. After some timeWahab Khaar lost his conscious, he felt full of obsession and eagerness did not converse to anybody, he was very anxious about something could not even halt for a minute, all of a sudden he began to run left the place, his companions and the people in the midnight. His party of singers followed him and led him back to his house.
WAHAB-KHAAR was also a hard working farmer; he had vast wasteland which he turned into agricultural land by his own efforts, on the other hand he was a deep lover of singing, he used to play so many instruments like Sarnagi, Gadda (Vessel) and Rabab, but having specialty with favoritism most of the time he used to sing and play Rabab.
He has participated in so many Mehfil-e-Samma functions organized by Sufi saints of the time. He had complete party of singers who used togo village to village for singing.
When farmers had time of reaping, his party used to sing there for their entertainment and get rice, wheat and mustardseeds in reciprocation.