Agar Gaiti Sarasar Bad Girad,
Chiragh-e-Chishtiyan Hargiz Namirad

If the entire universe is devastated by the storm
the lamp of Chishtiyan shall not cease to illuminate

Just as Eid announcement was made in this part of the world, the sad news of bomb blasts in India were splashed all over TV channels. In particular, the blast in Ajmer Shareef – opposite the dargah – was shocking. Despicable and pusillanimous!

How could the enemies of peace target a shrine that is above the Muslim/Hindu and other formal identities. Ajmer is the fulcrum of a Sufi practice and represents the broad spiritual, syncretistic consensus in South Asia.

The reaction of authorities was quite predictable as if an automated, pre-recorded message was ready with the officials:

Union Home Ministry sources in Delhi said it was a terror strike in which militants had used a low-intensity improvised explosive device.

They said the terror outfits, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, were against Sufi Islam and they could be prime suspects behind the blast which came barely 10 days ahead of the meeting of Indo-Pakistan anti-terror mechanism here on October 22…

However, the latter has some validity as we have a track record whereby the extremist elements always resist any progress towards the much needed peace – Let us not be daunted by this cowardice.

But this is so so sad. Though in the words of the devotees:

Ilahi ta-abd-astana-i-yar-rahe
Yeh-asra-hai-gharibon-ka-barqarar rahe

Oh God, may this Shrine of the beloved exist till the last day
may this refuge of the poor remain forever!

7 Responses to Violence: targeting the lamp of Chishtiyan

  1. Sidhusaaheb says:

    The most despicable act…as all such acts are…

  2. I Me My says:

    “Ilahi ta-abd-astana-i-yar-rahe
    Yeh-asra-hai-gharibon-ka-barqarar rahe”

    The above are my heartfelt prayers too.

    In the world today, as in the past, art and architecture fall prey to the violent and heinous acts of man. What a pity!

    Raza, would it be right to say that Sufi shrines and places of worship have become soft targets to fuel the animosity between rival ethnic groups? Pardon my ignorance if I’ve overstepped or made a preposterous inference.

  3. milieu says:

    The loss of innocent lives is tragic. Let’s hope such acts bring people together to fight against extremism of any form, anywhere.

  4. Irving says:

    Amin to your prayer brother Raza. Such an act of cowardice is in keeping with the Satan in their souls.

    Eid Mubarak, dear Brother, to you and your family 🙂 May the day be filled with love and joy despite the news!

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Nadima says:

    Every one is shocked at the news of blast at Ajmer Sharif it is sad to hear such news.What kind of era we are living in???I wish i could have been born a century ago when human life was considered the most precious thing and no news of bomb blast came to shatter your piece of mind.
    Wish you an Eid with peace and prosperity.

  6. billo says:

    Raza, don’t know how clear the skies are in your part of the world, but if it’s today: Eid Mubarak to you, your family, and your friends here!


  7. RR says:

    Sidhu: yes you are right
    Id: no you have not oversteppedat all – yes these are deliberate symbolic targets..
    Milieu: fighting together is the answer
    Irving and Nadima: this was a pathetic act. I don’t know where are we heading towards??
    Billo: Eid Mubarak – we are celebrating the festival here:)

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