International Mystic Music Sufi Festival 2007

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The five-day International Mystic Music Sufi Festival 2007 began at Bara Dari (Old Polo Ground) yesterday. This is the 6th edition of the festival. Karachi, however, has been selected to host the event for the first time ever. Tickets for the five-day event are available for Rs 300 only.

The event is being organized by the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (Usman & Peerzada, Samina Peerzada) in collaboration with the Sindh government. The festival will feature over 300 Sufi music artists from all over the world.

Abida Parveen, Fateh Ali Khan, Sabri Qawal, Raza Alan Fakir, Sain Zahoor, Najam Sheraz are among the artists from Pakistan.

The main purpose of this festival is to communicate the spirit of Islam as a proponent of peace and love to a wide audience.” The festival will feature various forms of Sufi music, including qawwalis, dances & poetry

Other credits : Daily Times, AAJ TV

25 Comments so far

  1. HITMAN (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    There is no concept of sufism in Islam then how can one communicate the true spirit of Islam through : “the festival will feature various forms of Sufi music, including qawwalis, dances and poetry”


  2. Sufi (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

    I love sufi music, but its unislamic I agree.


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    go and read RAND report. It would explain you everything.


  4. ash (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Sufi’s are responsible for spreading Islam all across the subcontinent. Its a little late in the day to declare them unislamic.


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  6. ASAD (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    Where is this happening?
    Where is bara dari , can anyone guide me from Shahra-e-faisal ?


  7. Kumail (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 1:10 am

    Asad, its the big park next to PC


  8. Imran (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    Just when i read the heading and thought to myself that some fundamentalist mullah is bound to leave adverse remark about sufism (bcz sufism portrays an image of soft islam vs the jihadi islam) …. i open the thread and the remarks are ALREADY there : )

    Gosh, these people will NEVER learn NOR let others live in peace. They are simply given to preaching their morale, down other people’s throat!

    LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE! STOP PREACHING (YOUR-NOT-SO-THOUGHT-OUT_NARROW_POINT-OF-VIEW).


  9. Imran (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    Awesome thread by the way.
    More power to music, love & PEACE.


  10. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 3:50 am

    what does Islam have to do with dance & Music ?


  11. FARAZ (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 5:28 am

    It doesn’t. Sufism is not part of mainstream Islam. Most Muslims are uncomfortable with it, especially when these guys pretend to be in an alternate state of mind supposedly closer to god (trance). It’s mainly found in Pakistan, India and Turkey.

    Sufism is not all “soft” either. Certain sufis torture themselves during these trances.

    If you wanna dance, and whirl and twirl, go ahead. But that’s not what Islam is about.


  12. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    Wow…How f*ing retarted are you guys?

    Do u even freaking know what Sufism is??

    Or do u just follow what ure cultist wahabi’s & tableeghis tell you?

    Shah Wali Ullah, Moalana Rumi & co = Sufi’s. Spread Islam in this region.

    Their hardwork is the reason most of us are Muslims.

    Hanafi’s are the biggest sect in Islam (Sunnism), followed by the majority in Turkey, Pakistan etc & is popular cause unlike others it tells you to read the Quran & teaches a Live & Let live concept on life…..Not a “Do as i tell you or ill launch a fatwa & damn you for eternity”.

    No where in the Quran is sports/music/arts banned.

    Did Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) not tell us to go as far as China to acquire knowledge?

    Well pick up the Holy Book & read, for it says that you should avoid activities that hinder your ability to pray. i.e as long as you carry out your religious duties, its all good.

    Sufi’s (a common example of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) convert more ppl to Islam than the idiots @ Raiawnd ever could. (Facts dont lie).

    @ Faraz. Rumi might be too far, so just read Iqbal or Ghalib or Bulle Shah or even Shah Wali Ullah instead of beliving what u might have seen in some music video.

    Sufi’s torture themselves??
    Atleast they arnt telling ppl to blow themselves up to further their political gains.

    “If you wanna dance, and whirl and twirl, go ahead. But that’s not what Islam is about.”

    God might have not encouraged it, but no where is it forbidden either.


  13. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Btw, MB, any idea if anybody’s performing from Turkey/Syria or Moroco?


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Faraz, If you are in Karachi then you can easily find the book kashful Mahjoob by Ali Hejveri[rA]. It is a good book and I would call it “Sufism for Dummies”- Read it and it would reveal what actually is called sufism or its role to spread Islam in Sub continent and Arab region. I know this book is hard to understand for newbies. You can also grab books by Khan Asif like “Allah k Safeer” and “Allah k Walee”. These books would sure increase your knowledge about Real sufiism rather the retardish version which these liberals trying to preach these days due to orders they recieved from west.


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm


    Sufi’s (a common example of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) convert more ppl to Islam

    really? who told you that? so cricketer yousuf become muslim after listening Nusrat’s CD? *shaking head with disbelief*

    idiots @ Raiawnd ever could

    *smile*- It’s just you are not aware of. How many raiwind people have you ever met? I have met not one or two but many and they have been doing great job without any public showoff and advertisment. This is why these people don’t even face any visa issue when visit different countries. Young lads like Junaid Jamshed,Saeed Anwar,Saqlain Mushtaq and Now yousuf are few of thousands who have been visiting one country to other to educate both muslims and non-muslims about Islam. You talked about China, these raiWind people in 80s even went to ancient African tribes and made many of their tribes later become Muslims and performed. Saudis who don’t like this tableeghi concept had to admit the efforts made by these guys to make convert a tribe to Muslims. It’s not hard to find CDs and Mp3s of Molana.Tariq Jamil. Did Nusrat do that? I didn’t know that songs like Khanjar hain teri Ankhain could attract someone towards Islam-WoW!


  16. Buggerism (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    Guess what? at the curtain raiser event, the Governor was invited… Was it a good thing?

    Well NO! They had the bugger seated near the friggin’ toilets, and due to “security reasons” nobody was allowed to go!

    DAMN LOL, I left early just coz i had to take a leak… that sucks, I hope the toilets are usable henceforth!


  17. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    Sufism is what is hurting islam for over centuries now. Gawwdd, get a f**** life!


  18. RAUF (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    I LOVE SUFI MUSIC & I HAVE ATTEND 1ST DAY BEUTIFULL EVENTS ,,, I REQUEST TO LAST DAY ENTRY ABIDA PARVEEN BEFORE BACKGROUND DAILOGE GULZAR ALBUM (ABIDA KABIR) .


  19. Halim Chishtie (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    The organsers should have publicised this festival in the UK, sounds good to me, maybe I would have attended had I known abt it, btw can anyone post the website addrss of the organisers or give contact info?


  20. ash (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    intolerence for sufi-ism is a good example of whats screwed up with muslims. There are some aspects of the way sufi-ism is practised that i personally have an issue with, but to deny the beauty and power in the sufi expression of Islam is sad and negative.
    Also sufi-ism was the main reason so many “indians” converted to Islam, that includes most of us pakistani’s, its funny to claim sufi-ism is only found in India as if it happened after 1947 :)


  21. yo yo (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    SUFIism..is kind of wiered. It blurs the line between what the prophet said and what the saint said.


  22. M.Jemil (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    And so all the troubles of the world are solved, (hunger, war, education, health, inequality, human rights, enviroment and the rest) and all we have to discuss in whether Allah conciders sufism islam or notAnd so all the troubles of the world are solved, (hunger, war, education, health, inequality, human rights, enviroment and the rest) and all we have to discuss in whether Allah conciders sufism islam or not


  23. UZi (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    @ M.Jemil: LOL well-said, dude, very well-said!


  24. mansoor (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    The complete schedule is also availabe from Danka Karachi.

    http://www.danka.com.pk/karachi


  25. Jaseem (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 1:13 am

    It doesn’t. Sufism is not part of mainstream Islam. Most Muslims are uncomfortable with it, especially when these guys pretend to be in an alternate state of mind supposedly closer to god (trance). It’s mainly found in Pakistan, India and Turkey. –Faraz

    i agree sufism has no place in Islam but it is not only followed in the three places you mentioned. unfortunately this trance-like, shaking-heads sufism is followed in all the countries, east to west…except in gulf states like SA, Kuwait, etc. unfortunately, it is practiced in syria, egypt, morroco (all of north africa), indonesia, malaysia, etc. since we live in pak, we mostly know about sufism and its practices here but it happens all over the world. i would say that in indo-pak some actions are even more disgusting because of hindu mixture done by akbar’s deen-e-akbar.

    i think this festival has “groups” from sham, iraq, morroco and many other places outside of indo-pak, turkey.



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