Qawwali and Quran-khwani?

I’m always baffled by lahoris’ strange mix of Islam with sufism. There was a Quran-khwani in the neighbourhood today. As the kids from the nearby Madrassa were assembled there to recite Quran (that’s another issue getting people read Quran for you) I heard the sound of a Qawwali (jay tu rab nu manawna – NFAK) playing. I just couldn’t get it down my throat. Felt like providing earthly entertainment to holy reciters. Duh!

6 Comments so far

  1. momekh (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    How is that mixing Islam with Sufism? Are you saying Qawali is part of sufism? Sufism was never and is not about music or singing or vocally ‘praising’ God. It is about ‘finding’ God through whichever route the One Above lets you…no?


  2. B (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

    Why the mixing of sufism with islam is a problem for you? For a huge number of people, sufism is Islam. And dont tell me that you never enjoy music, so whats wrong if you want to remember God through music.?
    The actual point here is that why do people want to take their religious ideology as the final truth and start making judgments on others? No body asked you to take it down your throat. I have seen at least one post before making fun of shia. Lets accept this that Lahore is home to people of all kinds of beleives, and if this blog tries to represent lahore then it should respect all of them, and in that case this forum does not seem to be the right one to have religious debates.


  3. Yasir (Entrepreneur Balloon ~) (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    Momekh, isn’t Qawwali associated with sufi’a? I don’t know where it originated from and how. But nonetheless, it is greatly practised by followers of sufisms. May be you would like to englighten me someday over a glass of lassi!

    B dear, if sufism is practised by a huge number of people, as you put it, it doesn’t prove its credibility to me. My problem is, I’m not fond of any tampering with Islam. You are there to recite Quran and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do. Anything else – all our earthly doings – should not be a part of it.
    I don’t take myself as an authority on sufism or even Islam. But being a Muslim, my religious ideology sticks steadfastly to Islam. I’m not passing judgement, but trying to state just another locale. I would also like to clarify about the earlier post you’re refering to; that was in no way against shia’s. What the author meant to do, is describe the blockage of a main road for no apparent reason. Shia or no shia, nobody likes to have the only way to his home blocked for hours. That’s it.


  4. Tanu (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

    Yasir, please dont bring any sectarian shade to this discussion. its all about sufism, for your info and to feed whatever narrow mentality you have got. Sufism, does not relate to any sect, neither it has to do with any religion. As mentioned my MOMEKH, its merely a way to find your god. And as Muslim, i belive there is no harm in re-finding god (ALLAH), more you try to find Allah, you get near to him.

    May be people who get irritated when they find traffic blocked due to shia procession or any accident on road, may not be able to understand this.

    Disclaimer: I am not trying to justify (nor am qualified enough) sufism, its just a personal opinion.


  5. Momekh (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

    Yasir, I will inshAllah take you up on that lassi offer anytime :)


  6. Sabyn (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    Qwali is a creation of Ameer Khusroo. Hazrat Nizam Udin Oliya was his peer and guys do get knowledge of Tareeqat and Shariyet via some reliable and unbiased means. The question of other people reciting Quran and praying for your dear ones or you …come on…..Islam is not about getting isolated. Its about being sociable in a manner that Islam teaches us :) . Do get some knowledge on Dua ke Fazeelat and Ijtamaie Dua ke Fazeelat. Learn it!!
    thanks!!



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