15 Oct 2010
'The Battle Cry of the Sufis'
The Sufi tradition is strong in Islam but is under violent assault from 'fundamentalists' the Salif doctrine of al Qaeda and the Taliban aims to rip the heart out of forms of Islam that advocate peace, pluralism and liberation.
Islamphobes are doing their bit to destroy Islam as well.
Sufism is part of our heritage on this planet, something of great beauty and power.
Sufism has a political element, a call for liberation, advocacy of the rights of women and has a strong ecological element.
I have had the pleasure of working with a number of Sufi Muslims in the green movement here in the UK, they have taught me much.
The Song reminds me of Johnny Cash with its line about those who dress in black, the saint who sins.
This Video is from RedPak2000....who tells us that:
'When the Taliban attacked the shrines of Rahman Baba, Data Sahib, and Abdullah Ghazi Shah, slaughtering hundreds who had gathered for alms or to pray, Laal felt obligated to not only defend the progressive aspects of sufi thought but to discover them for ourselves. We see sufi's as the rebels, the revolutionaries of their period.
The entire mode of production of the pre-capitalist period, and village life to this day, was built on the caste system. And this system of zaat and beraderi itself is premised upon marriage within the beraderi, that is, on endogamy. Patriarchy and control of women's sexuality is the basis of the entire edifice.
In a word, the caste system relegates love or ishq to the most contemptible position. But that which was contemptible to the beraderis, became the battle cry of the sufis, Ishq became divine. Thus, Heer Varis Shah begins with the words: "Awal hamd khuda da vird kariyay, ishq kita su jag da mool mian,
Pehlan aap hi rabb ne ishq kita, Te mashooq he nabi rasool mian." How can love be a sin, if the worth of the world is love, if God is the first lover, if Muhammed is the first beloved.
Here is Laal's tribute to one of the earliest rebels in this tradition, Ghulam Fareed of Pakpattan.'