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हज़रत पीर नसीरुद्दीन “नसीर”

“बात इतनी है और कुछ भी नहीं” हज़रत पीर नसीरुद्दीन ‘नसीर’ मशहूर शाइर, अदीब, रिसर्चदाँ, ख़तीब, आलिम और गोलड़ा शरीफ़ की दरगाह के सज्जादा-नशीन थे। वो उर्दू, फ़ारसी, पंजाबी के साथ-साथ अरबी, हिन्दी, पूरबी और सरायकी ज़बानों में भी शाइरी करते थे, इसीलिए उन्हें “सात ज़बानों वाला शाइर” के नाम से भी याद किया जाता… continue reading

Sufi practices as the cause of spiritual, mental and physical healing at Chishti shrines in India and Pakistan

Dargahs is a Persian word and it literally means “court”, a mausoleum of a Sufi (Chaudhry, 2013). The English word shrine accurately conveys the meaning of Dargah. Dargahs are primary parts of the rural and urban setting of Pakistan. Sufism being a religious, political, mystical, communal and cultural entity has influenced the structure of the… continue reading

हज़रत मैकश अकबराबादी

मेरी निगाह ने हस्ती को दी है ज़ौ मैकश मैं देख लूं तो ये मोती है वर्ना शबनम है -(अ’ल्लामा मैकश अकबराबादी) हज़रत क़िब्ला सय्यद मोहम्मद अ’ली शाह मैकश अकबराबादी दास्तान-ए-अदब आगरा के वो आख़िरी ज़ी-इ’ल्म-ओ-नज़र अदीब शाइ’र थे जिनके विसाल के साथ ही ऐवान-ए-अदब आगरा एक शम्अ’ जो बाक़ी रह गई थी वो भी… continue reading

SARMAD: His Life And Quatrains –B.A. Hashmi

Persian poetry before the introduction of the mystic element was generally non-individualistic and objective. The Qasida was indeed developed on a rather elaborate scale, but it was poetry faked for mercenary ends. The Tashbib or the lyric prelude, even when it was adroitly tagged on to the rest of the Qasida seldom formed part of… continue reading

What is Sufism ? – Mir Valiuddin

Scholars wrangle about the derivation of the word Sufi though about its exact connotation I do not think that there is any reason to quarrel. Let us cast a hurried glance at the various attempts of the lexicographers:— 1. Some say: “The Sufis were only named Sufis because of the purity (Safa) of their hearts… continue reading


Introductory: Belief in Paanch Pir is a universal phenomenon all over Northern Indo-Pak sub-continent. It forms a cult known as ‘PAANCH PIRIYA,’ which neither orthodox Islam nor orthodox Hinduism claims as its own. Yet the belief is widely prevalent among the adherents of both the religions. In fact, uneducated Muslims pay homage to and low-caste… continue reading