At least 100 people were martyred today (more casualties are expected) when a suicide bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, injuring up to 250 others. The powerful blast took place inside the premises of the shrine as a dhamaal (a Sufi practice) was taking place, with a large number of women and children said to be among the casualties. Large crowds of people from different parts of the province were gathered at the shrine when the blast took place.

Source: Geo


It wasn’t the first time when a Sufi shrine was targeted. In July 2010, militants attacked the revered Sufi shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh in Lahore, claiming 41 lives and injuring over 170 people. On October 7th, two suicide bombers attacked the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi. A similar attack at Baba Farid Shakarganj shrine in Pakpattan, Punjab followed a few weeks later, continuing the never-ending legacy of militant attacks against places of Sufi worship.


Majestic Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar before the terror attack.

I’ve every reason to believe that this spate of attacks on Sufi shrines is an indication of a shift in terrorist calculus. What kind of person would desecrate the sanctity of a saint’s sepulcher and turn its holy grounds into a battlefield? The answer is, ‘the other kind of Muslim – Khawarij.’ Extremists who don’t value a human life and the pain of human suffering.

The visits and worships at Sehwan Sharif are halted and the lights that once spread an exquisite glow – symbolic of spiritual insight – have faded into the gathering darkness.

They (the terrorists) say, “One must submit to God’s will.” But God’s will does not lie in the growth of fundamentalism and sacrilege.



Abu Muhammad Muhiyuddin Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) was a Sufi Sheikh and the founder of the Qadri Sufi order. He was born in the month of Ramadan in 470 AH (1077-78 AD) in the Persian province of Jilan (Iran), south of the Caspian Sea. His contribution to Sufism are so immense that he became known as the spiritual pole of his time, al-Ghawth al-A’zam.


Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s tomb. Place: Baghdad, Iraq

This list of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) Quotes will share with you his amazing wisdom and spirituality.

  • Look towards that person who looks towards you. Love that person that loves you, listen to that person that listens to you and give your hands in his hands that are prepared to grasp it.
  • A mans position in life is such that though he is mortal he is reborn with pleasure in the winds of afflictions. It is that very same life whose consequence is not death. It is that very same comfort which has no extreme anguish.
  • Many wealthy people because of greed are poor and needy, in reality the brave person is he who wrestles and defeats the devil of greed and thereafter becomes independent and without want of need from this material world.
  • The person who backbites and speaks ill of us are actually our success because they pay homage to us by writing their good deeds into our deed books.
  • Look carefully at the previous graves lying in ruin. How the sands of beautiful people are turning bad.
  • If you do not find the sweetness of doing a good deed then be aware that you have not done that deed.
  • Among the creation, silence is not bravery but rather impatience.
  • The person who cannot educate his own soul, then how is he going to educate others.
  • To adopt anonymity and unwholesomeness relative to it is peaceful.
  • Until you still possess arrogance and anger you cannot classify yourself amongst the learned.
  • That sustenance whose extent is expansive but no thanks is given for it and that means of livelihood which is difficult but no patience is shown for it become a source of revolt and mischief.
  • Always hold the best opinions about others and think ill of yourself.
  • Your speech will tell what is in your heart.
  • To start something good is your job and to see it completed is the work of your creator.
  • A wise person first question his heart thereafter speaks with his mouth.
  • Suspicion closes all the benefits to be accrued.
  • An understanding person finds no joy in anything, for it has accountability, for being lawful or a punishment for it being unlawful.
  • First there is ignorance, thereafter knowledge, then follows practice upon your knowledge, thereafter sincerity upon that action and finally comes understanding and wisdom in the heart.
  • If you do not have patience then poverty and sicknesses become a misfortune and if you adopt patience then it becomes nobility and graciousness.
  • To gain the happiness of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala is impossible if you cannot make a poor person happy.
  • To make a poor person happy makes one the inheritor of and undisclosed amount of reward.
  • People do not regard you with respect because you are proud and vain but rather they look up to you when you are polite and hospitable.
  • To remember death is the best treatment for all ailments.
  • The person who wishes to tame his soul should bridle it with silence and good etiquette.
  • The sum total of all the essence of good is to seek knowledge, practice upon it and teaching it to somebody.



Sufi practice in Islam

Yesterday, on November 12th, 2016, a powerful bomb blast ripped through a Sufi shrine in Baluchistan, leaving at least 60 people dead and wounding hundreds. The blast hit worshipers participating in a ceremony at the shrine of the Sufi saint Shah Noorani, some 750 kilometers (460 miles) south of Quetta, and the provincial capital of restive southern Baluchistan province. Local officials said worshipers were taking part in a devotional dance session, which is held daily before dusk, when the blast occurred.


It’s not the first time that terrorists have attacked a Sufi Shrine in Pakistan. Following are some headlines from the past years:

19 March 2005: In Baluchistan, Jhal Magsi, a suicide bomber killed 50 at the shrine of Pir Rakhel Shah.

27 May 2005: In Islamabad a suicide-bomber of attacked a gathering at Bari Imam Shrine, killing 28.

26 January 2006: The very same Shrine in Hub was attacked by a grenade.

11 April 2006: In Karachi Eid Milad un Nabi congregation was attacked by a suicide bomber killing 57 Sufi Sunnis including leading clerics.

28 July 07: Khyber Agency Haji Shah Torangzai,

28 December 07: Abdul Shakoor Malang Baba

3 March 08: Abu Saeed Baba’s shrine destroyed.

5 March 2009: renowned poet Rahman Baba’s shrine was attacked and detonated.

7 March 2009: Khyber Pir Bahadar Baba shrine was attacked.

1 July 2010: Data Darbar was attacked by two suicide bombers. 50 people were killed, several injured.


Data Darbar Lahore, Pakistan


A Sufi shrine in Multan, Pakistan


The Taliban and other extremist religious groups have attacked numerous Sufi shrines and gatherings in the past recent years. The Sufi tradition offers a tolerant version of Islam that is spurned by extremists like LEJ aka ASWJ and Taliban.


Sufi tradition offers a tolerant and peaceful version of Islam that is spurned by extremists.



A Pakistani Muslim scholar issued a fatwa against Taliban and ISIS calling terrorism un-Islamic

Sufi Muslim devotees are condemned as ‘mushriks’ by fundamentalist groups because they visit shrines and perform music and dance. Sufism is a mystic Islamic order that believes in living saints, worships through music, and is viewed as heretical by some hardline groups including the Taliban and ASWJ. The Sufi devotees see music, dancing and visiting holy sites as expressions of devotion to God. They have been one of the main targets of Islamist militants (Taliban and ASWJ) since they practice a different faith and some of their leaders issued edicts calling suicide bombings ‘religiously illegitimate’. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, one of the most renowned clerics of Sufi Islam issued a fatwa against Taliban and Islamic terrorist calling terrorism un-Islamic and all their killings (in the name of Islam) un-Islamic and punishable by law.


Taliban, LEJ, ASWJ and rest of the terrorist groups claim the mantle of the hardline Deobandi tradition, which has most beliefs in common with the austere Wahhabis of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have claimed responsibilities of almost all the attacks on Sufi shrines and/or the other worship places including Imambargahs and mosques of Shiite Muslims. Pakistan’s Deobandi leadership, however, has always blamed ‘foreign hand’ (India) for every single act of terrorism in Pakistan.

When we look into the details, we see that something much more sinister is waiting for the future of Pakistan – a systematic attempt to undercut all sources of opposition and all movements which are likely to disagree with the particular religious views of the militants. A lot has been done to eliminate this threat but the successful and continuous terror attacks by the militants prove that whatever is being done to eradicate this threat isn’t enough.



Muharram is the first month of Islamic calendar and so the new Islamic year brings a feeling of great sorrow and sadness in the heart of every Muslim.First ten days of Muharram are marked by the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, (a.s) his family (s.a) and his companions(r.a). The tremendous battle of Karbala has taken on different meanings within the numerous factions in Islam both religiously and politically. In this month we commemorate Imam Hussain’s victory (in martyrdom) which has permanently preserved Islam and saved humanity till the judgment day.

As Allah Almighty says:

“And we ransomed him (Abraham) with a great sacrifice. And We preserved his virtuous remembrance (i.e., praise) amongst the succeeding generations.”

The Glorious Quran 37:107

We’re all indebted to Imam Hussain (a.s) for his momentous sacrifice and therefore we must commemorate his loss and follow the path of truth that was shown to us by Imam Hussain (a.s).

Imam Hussain (a.s) was not only the grandson of prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) but also a revolutionary leader, a righteous man and the religious authority of Muslims. His sacrifice and the whole tragedy of Karbala reflect the fight between the oppressor and the oppressed.

Imam Hussain’s (a.s) main concern was to safeguard and protect Islam and Muslims. Yazeed bin Mu’awiya, on the other hand, was a wicked and power hungry person who was solely dependent on the might of the sword. Yazid never hesitated in using brutal force to rule over people by using any means. He declared himself as a ruler and demanded Imam Hussain’s allegiance. Imam Hussain (a.s.) realized that pleading allegiance to Yazid will jeopardize survival of the true Islam and so he confronted him and refused to recognized him as a caliph.

Yazid ordered to seize the ture Imam, (a.s) his family and his companions and surround their camp in Karbala. Yazid’s army cut off all the supplies and needs to the camp and made them suffer but the companions of Hussain would rather choose death than submitting to the tyrant. Yazid then ruthlessly murdered all of them after keeping them hungry and thirsty for days.

Karbala proved to be a clash between truth and falsehood, right and wrong, tyrant and oppressed. Imam Hussain (a.s.) sacrificed everything and everyone he had and let the truth triumph.

The tragedy of Karbala and sacrifice of Imam Hussain (a.s) has far reaching effects and it has provided us with many lessons to learn.

Stand for truth and righteousness:

The battle of Karbala teaches us to always stand with the truth irrespective of the consequences. No matter how many hardships come in our way we should never waiver from the right path. Imam Hussain (a.s) taught us that we can never let any tyrant, terrorist or wrongdoer define Islam.

Stand against the oppressor:

Imam Hussain(a.s.) knew that Yazid was an oppressor and a tyrant. Imam Hussain(a.s.) saw that the dignity and rights of people were being violated by Yazid so he made a stand, risked his life and defended those who were being oppressed. Imam Hussain (a.s) taught us to stand up against injustice and falsehood.


Role of women:

Despite all the threats Imam Hussain (a.s.) took his family with him to Karbala. Without the participation of the ladies, the whole struggle would’ve been forgotten. Ladies of the holy family raised awareness and defined the reality of Umayad and stripped them from religious framework.

Never accept humiliation:

Stand up for Godly principles even if the whole world is against you and accept no humiliation. We must resist oppression in all forms. Imam Hussain (a.s) taught us to live with dignity and to never give up. He taught us never to bow down against tyrants even if it is going to cost us our life and the lives of our dear ones. Live a free life or die trying to live one.


The tragedy of Karbala has taught us so much. It is up to us to reflect and ponder about it, and apply them to our lives.