For peace and harmony in South Asia, some lessons from Sikhism and Sufism — By M. Ashraf Haidari on the Hindu com

Devotees at the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer

Devotees at the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer -File Photo

The relationship between Sufism and Sikhism dates back to the time of Guru Nanak, who led a modest life of profound, spiritual devotion, focussed on building bridges of love, tolerance, co-existence, and harmony among peoples of diverse faiths and socio-economic status. He was so immersed in piety and teaching his disciples to live spiritually, honestly, and harmoniously that many of his Muslim contemporaries, especially Sufis, called him a true Muslim.

Guru Nanak travelled extensively — including to Mecca for the Haj, different provinces of Afghanistan, and Baghdad — in search of divine knowledge and mystic scholarship. This exposed him much more to Islam and its mystic schools of thought than to any other religion. And, of course, for 64 long years, one of Guru Nanak’s closest companions was Mardanda, who remained a Muslim until he died. According to the custodian of the shrine of Miyan Mir in Lahore, Mardana’s descendants still live there, and refer to themselves as Sikh-Muslims.

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Indeed, the Sufis’ was the real jihad, whose message of universal brotherhood naturally resonated with and attracted believers of different faiths and social castes. Theirs was the straight path, the path of Prophet Mohammed. Today’s killers of innocent Muslims and non-Muslims have deviated from that path, serving the political, short-sighted interests of realist states.

 

Read full article: The Hindu com,India

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