Marta Franceschini: H Nizamuddin Auliya’s devotee

This message cheered me up. Amazing that some of us have never met yet there is a bond we share – the calm space…

Throw Away the Books – Bulleh Shah

Bulleh Shah (1680-1758) of Kasur in Central Punjab is an extraordinary voice that provided a mystical message beyond caste, institutionalized religion and ideologies of…

Naya Daur is taking you on a tour to culturally enriched country Pakistan

Naya Daur is taking you on a tour to culturally enriched country Pakistan, have a look at the main events in the past year…

The Sound of Data Darbar

NEW YORK, May 6, 2017 — Me and classical singer Tahira Syed. We explore Lahore’s, and arguably Pakistan’s, cornerstone of Sufism, the shrine of…

“Living in today’s Pakistan” – an interview for WPKN

From Tidings Blog featuring my interview which was broadcast on WPKN radio last year. Yes I have been a little lazy in posting all…

Delhi by heart: Writing “Home”

A review of my book, Delhi by heart, in the Express Tribune In candid tones, journalist and analyst Raza Rumi explores an Indian city,…

The sufi solution

“…The Chishti school of Sufism did not exclude any religion and gave way to a plural Indian identity. This is why the extremists in…

Video| On Kabir, Bulleh Shah and Lalon Shah

Not a great recording of my talk at Kuch Khaas, Islamabad. I read some of my papers – written by me on three of…

Chisht? Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi (book review)

When the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan was attacked last year, the real significance of the incident was not fully understood.…

Is Islamic Mysticism Really Islam?

By Omid Safi There is a lovely story from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, remembering that a mysterious visitor came upon him and…

Saints who ruled India

‘The War that Wasn’t: The Sufi and the Sultan’ By Fatima Hussain Publisher: Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi Pages: 245 Book Review Last…

‘I belong to Ranjha’ – the syncreticism of Lahore’s Shah Hussain

Lahore, the ancient city of Loh, the age-old halt for invaders, is also the home to eclectic Sufis. Men and women who shed conventions…

Sufi hearts in Delhi

This was published in The Friday Times in the May 22-29, 2009 issue Getting a visa to India is a nightmare for ordinary mortals.…

Data Ganj Baksh: Lahore’s oldest guide

Perhaps the greatest of the experiences at Data Darbar is to find oneself connected to a stream of humanity, shoulder to shoulder, with a…

Kabir, Bulleh and Lalon – Petals of a mystic lotus

The subcontinent during the 15th century witnessed the coming of age of a process that started brewing with the arrival of Central Asian Sufis,…

Mian Mir’s 384th Urs

Mian Mir’s death anniversary celebrations are commencing today. Mian Mir is regarded as one of the greatest Sufi saints of the Subcontinent. He belonged…

Mian Mir

Yesterday, devotees were lighting lamps at the shrine of Mian Mir in Lahore to commemorate the saint’s 383rd Urs (death anniversary). Hazrat Mian Mir…

Bulleh Shah and Rumi

The works of Bulleh Shah and Rumi echo the emotions of a growing global audience We are the mirror as well as the face…