Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sufi And Bhakti

"To fear God really is to remove oneself to a distance from Him, but to fear Him in play gives an edge to utter delightfulness."

...[Yusufali 2:165] Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs all power, and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty...

The Sufi brotherhoods that arrived in South Asia from the Middle East and Central Asia had already been influenced by the pantheistic traditions of South Asia, and in some cases the result was theist fusions or unitarian views of God. It is, however, important to point out that some Sufi orders were quite conservative such as the Suhrawardia and Naqshbandia. They had a strong presence in the Punjab. The Naqshbandi Sufi, Ahmed Sirhindi or Mujadid Alf-Sani, who lived during the 16th century and is buried at Sirhind, played an important role in the revival of strict Islam in the Mughal Empire and, indeed, in the


Sufism And Bhakti Movement: Eternal Relevance
By Hamid Hussain

This book aims at reiterating the message of Sufi and Bhakti saints to thwart these evils of the society. Renowned scholars of the discipline have deliberated upon various issues pertaining to the world today and the teachings of saints on these important issues. Important saints like Rumi, Baba Farid, Nizamuddin Auliya, Maneri, Nanak, Kabir etc. and their contributions to the society from part of this exercise. The saints contributions towards intercommunity coexistence, communal harmony, humanism etc. are also important components of the work. The idea is to reiterate the messages of these saints, as these have eternal relevance. New Book

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