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Sufism mightier than gun: Sassui

KHAIRPUR: Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said that because of great Sufi poets, Sindhi people were still liberal-minded and added that there was a need of conducting research on Sachal, Bhittai, Sami, Shah Inayat Shaheed and other Sufi personalities.

Speaking at “Sachal Sarmast seminar” here on Sunday evening, she said that mystic philosophy was powerful than weapons, adding that centres should be established to conduct research on Sufism.

Renowned scholar Dr Abdul Jabbar Junejo said that Sachal Sarmast had knowledge of classical music that is why he gave a musical touch to words. He said that those poets acquainted with music had great influence on people.

Another scholar, Dr Dur Mohammad Pathan said that less research and more explanation of Sachal`s poetry had been produced, however, there was a difference between the two. Research on the mystic philosophy or on Sachal Sarmast, he said, was a difficult task.

Sakhi Qabool Mohammad, Sajjada Nasheen (custodian) of Sachal`s shrine, said that whenever there was some extremism, the message in Sachal`s poetry gained more importance. He said it was responsibility of the provincial and district governments to carry out research on poetry and personality of Sachal.

Dr Nawaz Ali Shauq, Mukhtiar Malik, Akhtar Dargahi, Hussain Shaikh, Dr Kamal Jamro, Ayaz Gul and Adal Soomro read their papers.

Later, a concert was held at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Open Air Theatre wherein Fateh Ali Khan, Jamaluddin Faqeer, Taj Mastani, Tufail Sanjrani and other singers sang poetry of Sachal Sarmast. The seminar was organised by the Sindh culture department and Sachal Yadgar Committee.
Source: Dawn
Date:6/21/2011