Sufic poetry and the reformation of Society

Abstract

Peace and harmony tends to disappear from our societies gradually. This paper throughs light on the essence of Mysticism in dealing with the inherent and outward onrest in human being and societies. The message of Mysticism that is patience, tolerance, love of diversity, selflessness and unconditional love have been elaborated through the lense of the Mystic in classical poiets of Pashto classical literature.
Modern society is passing through severe crisis and the future seems to be uncertain and confusing. This has always been a challenge for sensitive minds to analyze the reasons and suggest solutions to the crisis.
Various groups such as scientists, politicians and priestly peoples have addressed these crises using different techniques. The Sufis have also played a remarkable role in the reformation of society. This fact struck me during my Ph.D study which I conducted on the “Rowshanites and Pashto literature in the year 1991-1995. The Rowshanites (The illuminated ones) are the descendants and followers of the famous Pashtoon mystic writer, Bayazid Ansari, popularly known as Pir Rowshan” (The illuminated spiritual Guide) I found out during this study that the methodology of Sufic literature is a powerful tool which can be used for interfaith harmony, mutual and peaceful co-existence and for the promotion of universal values such as love, peace, justice, tolerance, moderation and interaction. Sufis lay stress on purification of self and forbid selfishness, greed, avarice and hatered. The popular Sufi poet Abd_ur_Rahman Baba says in this connection

Peace and harmony tends to disappear from our societies gradually. This paper throughs light on the essence of Mysticism in dealing with the inherent and outward onrest in human being and societies. The message of Mysticism that is patience, tolerance, love of diversity, selflessness and unconditional love have been elaborated through the lense of the Mystic in classical poiets of Pashto classical literature.
Modern society is passing through severe crisis and the future seems to be uncertain and confusing. This has always been a challenge for sensitive minds to analyze the reasons and suggest solutions to the crisis.
Various groups such as scientists, politicians and priestly peoples have addressed these crises using different techniques. The Sufis have also played a remarkable role in the reformation of society. This fact struck me during my Ph.D study which I conducted on the “Rowshanites and Pashto literature in the year 1991-1995. The Rowshanites (The illuminated ones) are the descendants and followers of the famous Pashtoon mystic writer, Bayazid Ansari, popularly known as Pir Rowshan” (The illuminated spiritual Guide) I found out during this study that the methodology of Sufic literature is a powerful tool which can be used for interfaith harmony, mutual and peaceful co-existence and for the promotion of universal values such as love, peace, justice, tolerance, moderation and interaction. Sufis lay stress on purification of self and forbid selfishness, greed, avarice and hatered. The popular Sufi poet Abd_ur_Rahman Baba says in this connection

Prof. Dr. Yar Muhammad Maghmoom Khattak