Sufi

  • An insight into Varanasi through walks July 15, 2014

    For gods and humans alike, Banaras or Varanasi has always been an object of desire and now a book suggests a series of walks through the city's tangled and twisted lanes to unravel its secrets. In "Banaras: Walks through India's Sacred City", author Nandini Majumdar says that one of the unique...
  • Bomb blast at Islamabad shrine injures 40 June 21, 2014

    Islamabad: More than 40 people were injured, some critically, when a bomb ripped through a Sufi shrine on the outskirts of Islamabad, officials have said. A police spokesman said the explosion happened yesterday when food was being distributed to 200 devotees during annual celebrations at the shrine, which is situated around...
  • DTC to run special buses for people going on Ajmer 'Urs' April 24, 2014

    DTC will be running special buses from Friday to ferry people of neighbouring states and NCR, going on annual 'Urs' at the Sufi shrine in Ajmer, from a transit camp to railway stations in the national capital. The transit camp has been set up at Burari Ground (Outer Ring Road) as...
  • World Sufi Spirit Festival at Mehrangarh Fort attracts music lovers from across the world February 26, 2014

    A fusion of Sufi music and history at the three-day World Sufi Spirit Festival had aficionados from across the world soak up the atmosphere at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Listening to various renowned artists from different parts of the world at the Mehrangarh Fort, which stands a hundred feet on...
  • TV Reality shows help promote classical music: Zakir Hussain January 16, 2014

    Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain says he supports reality shows on TV as they promote musical understanding and make classical music popular.Hussain also told the media after a show in Agra on Wednesday evening that he was conserving the "heritage of Amir Khusro" and promoting Sufi music. He said he was elated...
  • UnIslamic' J&K Grand Mufti seen enjoying songs July 28, 2013

    Five months after issuing a fatwa against the allgirls rock band 'Praagaash', the Jammu and Kashmir Grand Mufti BashirudDin Ahmad has been caught in a video enjoying a musical performance at a function. ...
  • Dargah dewan urges followers to fight against terrorism May 17, 2013

    Ajmer: Spiritual head and Dewan of the Ajmer Dargah, Zainual Abedin Ali Khan, on Thursday passed a resolution against terrorism asserting that terrorism in any form, from scaring to killing innocents, is unIslamic and against the humanity. He urged followers of Sufi saints to fight the menace of terrorism and...
  • Sufi music is a journey of lifelong devotion: Muzaffar Ali April 30, 2013

    'A Leaf Turns Yellow: The Sufis of Awadh' is a thoroughly researched account of Sufism in Awadh, India. This illustrated volume introduces the reader to its history, traditions, subcultures, institutions and poetry. Each essay in this anthology is by a renowned scholar. Together, they explore the ways in which Sufism...
  • Snapshot: Shiv Sena men climb on stage during live Sufi performance March 18, 2013

    Shiv Sena and Hindu Sena activists protesting against the Pakistani Sufi singer Sanam Marvi (L) while she was performing at the 'Sindhi Sufi Music Festival' in New Delhi. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma. ...
  • Pakistan: Sufi cleric Qadri to boycott general polls March 18, 2013

    Islamabad: Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri the Islamic cleric, who is pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan, said that his political party would boycott the forthcoming general elections in the country. Qadri said the electoral reforms that were promised to him in January by the then government after his long march to Islamabad...
  • Shiv Sena activists disrupt performance by Pakistani Sufi singer March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Suspected activists of Shiv Sena and Hindu Sena on Saturday night disrupted a performance by Pakistani Sufi singer Sanam Marwi here before staging a protest against the participation of the artistes from the neighbouring country at the Sufi festival in New Delhi, police said. Twenty-nine people were detained after...
  • Pakistan: Blast at a Sufi shrine gathering kills 4 February 25, 2013

    Islamabad: A bomb blast ripped through a gathering at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province on Monday, killing four persons and injuring 12 others, police said. The explosion occurred at the Hajan Shah Mauri Dargah near Shikarpur when a large number of people were visiting the shrine. The blast...
  • Pakistan: Qadri steps up pressure as PM faces arrest January 16, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of people in Pakistan are out on the streets supporting proarmy Sufi cleric TahirulQadri's call for a crackdown on government corruption and an indefinite delay in elections. Protestors are threatening to stay on streets till their demands are met. Addressing the gathering, Qadri praised the military and judiciary...
  • Pakistan: Thousands protest along Sufi cleric Qadri January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of Pakistanis shouting slogans like "we want change" thronged the streets of Islamabad in support of Sufi cleric Muhammad TahirUlQadri's antigovernment demonstrations on Monday. Flagwaving citizens braved tear gas shells fired by the police and called for a crackdown on corruption, backing Qadri's call for an indefinite delay...
  • Protests erupt as Haji Ali bans entry of women November 6, 2012

    Mumbai: In a surprising and controversial move, Mumbais Sufi shrine Haji Ali Dargah Trust has barred women from entering the sanctum sanctorum that houses the tomb of the 15th century Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The trust management also declared that the decision is irrevocable. The decision has evoked...
  • 'Le Gaya Saddam' Trailer: Raghubir Yadav returns October 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The trailer of 'Le Gaya Saddam' is out. Directed by Amjad Khan, the film stars Raghubir Yadav, Cirag Patil and Sufi Sayyad in prominent roles. Have a look at the trailer. ...
  • Shrine fire: 5th day of strike in Kashmir Valley June 29, 2012

    Srinagar: Life across Kashmir Valley remained disrupted for the fifth day on Friday due to a strike called by Grand Mufti of the state over gutting of the 200yearold Dastageer Sahib shrine even as restrictions continued on movement of people in the old city. In view of the proposed march to...
  • Sufi shrine fire: Undeclared curfew in Srinagar June 27, 2012

    Srinagar: Two days after a fire broke out in 200yearold Peer Dastageer Sahib shrine at Khanyar, the authorities here have imposed an undeclared curfew. Meanwhile, in some old parts of Srinagar, the municipality and other departments have joined hands to clean the muck that gathered after the blaze. The Sufi...
  • Shrine fire: Separatist groups call general strike June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Separatist groups in Srinagar have called for a general strike on Tuesday to protest against Monday's fire at a 200yearold Sufi Shrine Peer Dastageer Sahib. The cause of the fire is still not known but the relics inside were safely recovered by officials. The protestors alleged that firefighters...
  • Srinagar shrine fire: Protestors clash with police June 25, 2012

    Srinagar: Several people have been injured in clashes between the police and protesters over a fire at a revered 200yearold Sufi shrine, Peer Dastageer Sahib, in Srinagar. The protestors alleged that firefighters arrived late on the scene to douse the flames. Meanwhile, the government has ordered a probe by the...
  • Srinagar: 200yearold Sufi shrine catches fire June 25, 2012

    Srinagar: The 200yearold Sufi shrine of Dastageer Sahib went up in flames early on Monday morning. Several fire tenders have been rushed to the location to douse the flames at the shrine mostly made up of wood, officials said. There was tension across the town as the shrine of Peer...
  • Zardari likely to visit Ajmer on April 8 April 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to visit Ajmer on April 8 to pay obeisance at the famous Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. A request for a "private visit" by the President has been forwarded to the Indian side though a final date for the trip is...
  • Wish I had sung 'Tere bina zindagi se koi..': Shafqat March 30, 2012

    Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan says he has always believed that Indian classical music would mix well with Western chords. ...
  • 'Rockstar' Ranbir Kapoor hits sufi notes September 22, 2011

    Ranbir Kapoor is playing a 'Rockstar' in Imtiaz Ali's November release, but the film also has a sufi track which was shot in Delhi's Nizamuddin dargah. ...
  • Cartridges found in Wadali Brothers' luggage September 11, 2011

    Amritsar: Noted sufi singers the Wadali Brothers were stopped at the Amritsar airport by security personal after 14 live cartridges were found in their luggage. These are among hypersensitive items banned as per security norms. Shockingly, the two brothers passed through two CISF posts before the ammunition was detected. No FIR has...
  • 'Sufis of Punjab' building bridges across borders August 30, 2011

    The birth of the Punjabi literary tradition is built into Sufi mysticism, which dates back to the birth of Shaikh Faridu'dDin, popularly known as Baba Farid, in the late 12th century. For the last 800 years, Punjab has prided itself on a spiritual culture that believes in open worship, relying on...
  • Sufi singer renders a patriotic number on IDay August 15, 2011

    As India celebrates its 65th Independence Day here's Sufi singer Zila Khan rendering a patriotic number. ...
  • Wadalis bring the magical Sufi to Coke Studio July 2, 2011

    New Delhi: The third episode of Coke Studio @MTV turned out to be one of the best with Sufi maestros Wadali Brothers taking charge and bringing out some of the best melodies with Bollywood and regional singers. From 'Aa Mil Yaar' to 'Tu Maane Ya Naa', Wadali Brothers brought out the...
  • Taliban responsbile for attack on Pak shrine April 3, 2011

    Islamabad: The Taliban claimed responsibility for suicide attacks at a Sufi shrine in eastern Pakistan on Sunday in which 41 people were killed and up to 65 wounded, a militant spokesman said. "Our men carried out these attacks and we will carry out more in retaliation for government operations against our...
  • Pak: blasts at Sufi shrine kills 40, injures 100 April 3, 2011

    Islamabad: Three powerful blasts ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine near Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan's Punbjab province on Sunday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 100 others, a government official said. The first blast occurred at the main entrance of the Sakhi Sarwar Darbar located about 30 kms from...