"The weak lose themselves in God; the strong discover Him in themselves." ~ Allama Iqbal

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sain Zahoor: Pakistan's Mystic of Music

In the most current issue of the magazine "Sufi" (Issue 83, Summer 2012) is a brief interview/article entitled Sain Zahoor: Pakistan's Mystic of Music.  There were a few bits of this interview (by Sheniz Janmohamed) that stand out.
Lines were quoted presumably sung by Sain Zahoor at a 2011 music festival in Canada:
Parh parh ilm te faazil hoya
Te Kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na
You read to become all knowledgeable
But you never read yourself
The interviewer asked a question about the sectarian violence in Pakistan.
Sain Zahoor responded: We are here for a short time, ultimately we are going to meet the dust.  When our souls fly off, what will count is our deeds, not the differences between us.
The article ended with a quote by Bulleh Shah.
When I acquired the knowledge of love,
I dreaded the mosque.
I fled to my Lord's dwelling,
Where a thousand sounds reverberate.