Sheikh Abu Said Abul Khair was one of the earlier Sufi poets. He lived more than two centuries before Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi known as Rumi, yet, like Rumi, much of his mysticism follows a similar path of annihilation in divine Love.
Abu-Said’s poetry ranges from the ecstatic and celestial, to struggles with abandonment. His poetry has an immediacy and even a sort of devoutly wry petulance that can draw comparisons with the great Bengali poet, Ramprasad.
Abu Said referred to himself as “Nobody, Son of Nobody,” to convey the mystic’s sense of having completely merged or disappeared into the Divine, leaving no trace of the ego behind.
He lived in Mayhana in what is modern day Turkmenistan, just north of Afghanistan in Central Asia.