Hearing Abida Parveen sing Bulleh Shah's ecstatic poetry, which enriched the centuries-old Sufi tradition of the Indus valley, made me realize how the Islamists have stripped away spirituality from the religion and left believers with rituals, sketchy interpretations of the divine laws and fear of God's wrath. Islam is just a cage for our spirits today..while its supposed should help us fly and give us strength as a spiritual creed.
The bombs ...the women beating....head chopping militants, the rigid misogynistic mullah with a beard...the head to tow covered women ...have all but obscured the spiritual spiritual dimension within Islam even for Muslims let alone particularly for non Muslims. The image of militants waging war is overwhelming and hard to supersede.Islam is perceived as a hard, rigid ,uncompromising faith ..only consisting of obscure ancient puritanical rules and no soul at all.
The rapturous quality of Sufi poetry continues to fascinate me and prostration to God devoid of spirituality is no different from doing sit-ups. Surely, the label Sufi is not necessary. What's important is the sentiment. It helps the cause of clarity to call those on the path "Sufis" rather than "mystics," which will more likely conjure images of Aladdin on his flying carpet.