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Sufi Music : The Other Side of Islam

The path of love is not an easy one, it is complicated and delicate, for it is the love rather than the fear of God that lies at the heart of Sufism, the other side of Islam. In an age where terrorism and anarchy hog up the news channels and hatred and condemnation creates fences among people, it is sometimes, music, which offers refuge to the innocuous people.

Before anybody could insist Sufism as an Islamic dominant movement, I’d like to convey that music transcends all religion. It is beyond any caste or creed. Indeed, most Sufi saints are from an Islamic background, but, yet it forms the most peaceful part of the faith, the other side of Islam, which is mostly ignored.

Anybody who has listened to this tranquil music will tell you, that, if Sufi music falls into any religion, it is the religion of love, peace and divinity.

Every age of the world has seen awakened souls, and as it is impossible to limit wisdom to any one period or place, so it is impossible to date the origin of Sufism says the great Sufi poet Hazrat Inayat Khan.


Sufi Music - The Other Side of Islam
One of the greatest Sufi musicians ever – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


To understand Sufism and Sufi music, we need to understand the metaphysics of the mind and the soul and the alchemy of happiness, but I don’t want to talk about diplomacy here. Rather, I would like to share mysticism that Sufi music has to offer. The happiness of the simple things in life. I am always left to wonder about the celestial art, that is Sufi music. It never fails to capture one’s imagination.

In all honesty, it brings me closer to God and spiritual ecstasy.

Arabic mythology talks about how Allah commanded the soul to enter the body, but it refused, as it felt the body was an imprisonment, so, God spun a mystical music, which made the souls dance in its divine tune and eventually entered the body giving birth to life. It might sound like an odd story for an agnostic person, but it beautifully conveys the charm of music.

One might not necessarily be a believer, but as mentioned earlier, Sufi music is not about religions and faiths, rather about hope and aspirations. And regardless of one’s faith, the Sufis, will never infringe it, if anything, it helps people unite than divide. Something that religion mostly doesn’t offers, Islam is no exception. Sufism defies it all, and stands proudly as the other side of Islam.


Sufi Music - The Other side of Islam


Music should be healing, music should uplift the soul, music should inspire. There is no better way of getting closer to God, of rising higher towards the spirit, of attaining spiritual perfection, than music, if only it is rightly understood.

In an age, where religious discrimination is a regular affair, and immigrants are barred from peaceful co-existence because of a selected lot who come to describe a tarnished image of their religion, the consciousness revolving around this other side of Islam needs to be boosted.

But before I conclude, I would like to mention few lines from the great poet Rumi. Read it, for the mental peace it offers:

I am a sculptor, a moulder of form.
In every moment I shape an idol.
But then, in front of you, I melt them down
I can rouse a hundred forms
and fill them with spirit,
but when I look into your face,
I want to throw them in the fire.
My souls spill into yours and is blended.
Because my soul has absorbed your fragrance,
I cherish it.
Every drop of blood I spill
informs the earth,
I merge with my Beloved
when I participate in love.
In this house of mud and water,
my heart has fallen to ruins.
Enter this house, my Love, or let me leave.

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