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Philosophy of Vedanta and Sikhism Is Common To That of Sufism and That Is, Being a Human First Is the True Essence of Sufism

By Mudaser Kazi

February 11, 2018

Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, being a Sufi in nature broke the barriers among religions by putting the writings of Baba Farid in Guru Granth Sahib. Later, during the time of the fifth guru, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid by a Muslim Sufi saint, Mian Mir, said a writer on Sikhism, Amardeep Singh, who had come from Singapore to attend the ninth Karachi Literature Festival (KLF).

“Being a human first is the true essence of Sufism. The philosophy of Vedanta and Sikhism is common to that of Sufism,” he said during a talk on the second day of the KLF in a session titled, ‘Shrines and Sufi Legacy’.

He quoted Baba Guru Nanak, questioning why we call women ‘low’ when they give birth to kings. Singh stated, “There is nothing inferior or superior in men and women.”

Another panellist and academician, Ghazala Rahman Rafiq, said that the role of Sufi poets was to unite people. “The Sufis first bring people closer to their hearts and then to humanity,” she reiterated.

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An anthropologist and moderator of the session, Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, said that he has documented more than two dozen syncretic Sufi shrines where both Hindus and Muslims have similar influences on each other.

According to him, before the Ghaznavid rule in Sindh, the state religion of Sindh was Isma’ilism and they converted the mainly Soomro population to Sunnis.

Jurgen Wasim Frembgen was of the view that most of the Sufi saints did not emphasise on religion and were beyond the mundane differences among people. Hence, they turned their spaces into paradises.

“We need to protect shared spaces, such as the shrines of Sufi mystics which bring people with different religious thoughts closer,” the German scholar remarked. Commenting on Sufi Dhamal, he said that it helps lose one’s ego and in losing the connection with this mundane world.

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Frembgen said, “Sufis believed in Mohabbat Sab Kay Liye Aur Nafrat Kisi Se Nahi [love for everyone and hatred for none].”

While commenting on a question by Kalhoro that Sufism was not an antidote to counter terrorism or spread tolerance, which was stated by writer Ayesha Siddiqa a few days ago during the International Literature Festival, Frembgen said that Sufi Islam has no lobby. He said that conservative Islam has given no chance to Sufi Islam on a larger scale to play a positive role.

Rafiq, not agreeing with Siddiqa’s view, said that Sufism is about being human and only Sufism in its true essence can be an antidote to counter terrorism.


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  • How Nori Bori wali Sardar is criticised in enough to know Islam.
    Well I do not endorse Sufi Islam in India its for make Hindu delude and look like similar and convert, but sunnies and Shia  silently support this.
    How this people immerse themselves( well it's not copyright of  suifi Islam), here  some lovely songs in praising gods value through human, but I have no problem hindusim allows worship of God through praising humans as God.
    Beautiful songs if some Muslims want to here from Mulvi Haider
    Well I do not endorse Sufi Islam in India its for make Hindu delude and look like similar and convert, but sunnies and Shia  silently support this.
    Reading this type of website is opening up ours( Hindus) mind, how Muslim cheat us. A self declare Moderate Muslim Sultan Shain not putting any article on exodus of Kashmiri pandits is enough to tell us that there is nothing like sufisium, Kashmir valley was full of this kind of Islam, but we all know what happen with Kashmiri pandits.
    Shameless Sultan Shain and article writers brigade have never said anything about suffering of Hindus through Muslims in India. though he lives in India and sing song Secularism and inclusiveness, fake hypocrates.
    Sindh was same( not is same), Hindus were harassed and forced to leave Pakistan, than those Hindus end up in Rajesthan and Gujarat.

    By Aayina - 1/27/2019 12:40:07 AM

  • "Sufism is about being human first".
    "Love for everyone and hatred for none".
    Such precepts should be compatible with any religion.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/25/2019 12:25:06 PM

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