Hundreds had gathered last weekend in Lahore to experience the mystical journey of Sufism at Rafi Peer Sufi Festival. The event, annually held, inspires people of all kinds to relish an experience that can be described as ‘that one moment in time.’ The festival serves as an escapade from the daily mechanical hectic life, and most importantly it is an experience of enlightenment for the spiritually depressed or those who are seeking peace to embed in their life. The festival brought together at least 26 singers from the country over to celebrate the Sufi theme and diversity of artistes in Pakistan. The aura and ambiance at Rafi Peer Sufi festival filled the overflowing venue with a frenzy of spiritualism.
At the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, pilgrims and faithful gather every week to pay homage and intercede in prayers. Focused on their own intentions, drowned in their own mystical experience, carried away by the power of Sufism that overflows at the shrine, the faithful have no other purpose but to seek peace – for themselves, for their loved ones, and for the world to live in. But the cowardly blast at Sehwan Sharif, the sacred shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander, tore apart the lives of at least 88 faithful among which 20 were children and 250 are left fighting for their life.
The cowardly attack brings a few question to our mind: Can Sufism diffuse terrorism? Is Sufism the antidote to cure extremism? Is this why Sehwan Shahbaz Qalandar was attacked, because terrorists fear the very essence of Sufism?
The aura of Sufism is invincible. Being a powerful force, it cures the most evil of hearts and purifies it to convert into godliness. Dr Khalid Zaheer, fellow Al-Mawrid, believes Sufism holds the power to defy anything negative and diabolic. Expressing grief over Sehwan attack he said, “Sufism is the Islamic version of mysticism. Its message transcends religious boundaries. By nature, Sufi Muslims are very loving and…