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HOW HE GOT THE NAME “SAI”
BABA in his lifetime was famous as MUSLIM FAKIR as acknowledged by Mr.Dabholkar in his book Sri Sai Satcharita but Mr.Gunaji and other authers of Baba’s biography have not only avoided using the term MUSLIM FAKIR but also tried to proove him a Hindu Brahmin.
Let us know who were called FAKIR and SAI:-
Historically, the terms tasawwuf, Sufism, faqr, faqer (noun of faqr) were first used (with full definition) by Husayn ibn Ali who was the grandson of Muhammad.[citation required] He wrote a book “Mirat ul Arfeen” on this topic, which is said to be first book on Sufism and tasawwuf. However, under Ummayad rule, neither could this book be published nor was it allowed to discuss tasawwuf, Sufism or ‘Faqr’ openly. For a long time, after Husayn ibn Ali, the information and teachings of ‘faqr’, tasawwuf or Sufism, kept on transferring from heart to heart.
मुग़ल काल में यह शब्द भारत उपमहाद्वीप में आया मुग़ल दरबार में बोली जाने वाली फारसी भाषा के शब्द आम जनता में प्रचलित होने लगे जहाँ “मुस्लिम फ़क़ीर” को सयेद,शाह या फिर “साई” भी बोला जाने लगा.
१८ वीं और १९ वीं शताब्दी में सभी मुस्लिम फ़क़ीरों को प्रचलित तौर पर “साई” ही बोला जाता था
In the 10th century, highly reputed Muslim Abdul-Qadir Gilani who is founder of Qadiriyya silsila which has the most followers in Muslim Sufism elaborated Sufism, tasawwuf and faqr.
Then in the 13th century Ibn Arabi was the first vibrant Muslim Scholar who not only started this discussion publicly but also wrote hundreds of books about Sufism, tasawwuf and faqr.
With the passage of time the doctrine of Sufism had been fading as well as that of tasawwuf and faqr. During some Mughal Emperors time, in the Indian continent, improper terminology were inserted in Sufism and Islam and “FAQIR” was quoted for street beggars and Hindu monks. The term then came to India where the term was injected into the local idiom through the Persian-speaking courts of Muslim rulers. The FAKIRS are called SYED,SHAH or SAI since they belong to the decents of sufi orders.
During the 17th century another noble and spirited Muslim scholar and saint Sultan Bahoo revolutionized Sufism and reinstated (with fresh properties) the definition of FAQR and FAKIR.
So it is not that somebody gave him name SAI but it was a common practice to call a MUSLIM FAKIR “SAI” in those days.