Ajmer Sharif- Awakening of Sufism in South Asia

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Item Code: AZE161
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Author: Reema Abbasi
Language: ENGLISH
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9789385285646
Pages: 176 (Throught Color Illustrations)
Weight 810 gm
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...Be a beauteous blossom of love and be a soothing balm of peace. With your spiritual light, dispel the darkness of ignorance; dissolve the clouds of discord and war and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. ...Never refuse to bless and help the needy, the poor, the widow, and the orphan, if they come to your door...'

About the Book
Ajmer Sharif, the heart of homage for thousands of all faiths, welcomes a tidal wave of humanity for the saint known as Gharib Nawaz (Benefactor of the Poor), whose spiritual order is the most lyrical and inclusive. This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice. These pages narrate the story of the founder of the Chishti Sufi Order in South Asia who knew that hunger supersedes doctrines and of his movement, which began in a mud hut over eight centuries ago.

Muinuddin Chishti brought qawwali, the genre of Sufi devotional recitals, and the ideal of acceptance to the world. He discouraged religious supremacy and patriarchy by example his wife was a central leader and his only daughter became a caliph an aspect practised at his seat, but cast off by other shrines of his lineage.

An elaborately researched oeuvre on the history, spiritual journey, mystical power and legacy of the 12th century Sufi giant-rich with accounts of Mughal devotees, monuments, rituals and over 200 unique, evocative photographs Ajmer Sharif traces the life of the saint and reveals the living force of his shrine.

About the Author
Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. A journalist for 19 years, she began with culture and lifestyle at The News International, moved on to crime and socio-political writing with The Herald magazine and then became an Assistant Editor and editorial writer at the newspaper Dawn.

At present, she is a columnist, an independent contributor with international newspapers and a regular commentator on socio-political issues. In the last decade, her writings have maintained a rabid focus on the values of secularism. With her last book Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience she aimed to stir a discourse that dispels intolerance towards any faith and shuns the concept of religious power.

She attended Sherborne School for Girls in England and St. Joseph's College in Karachi, Pakistan. Her other passions include travel, arts and culture.

She received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for the literary personality of the year, 2014, at the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards.

Any moment is mubarak to remember Muinuddin Chishti. However, when war and violence become routine, as they seem to be these days, then repeating the story of Muinuddin Chishti also becomes a responsibility.

To know Muinuddin Chishti better is to glimpse the poetic side of Islam, especially when it seems so difficult for the world to appreciate Muslims today. The life of Muinuddin Chishti, founder of the Chishtiya mystical order in South Asia is a glowing example of how to practise love in times of hate. What Muinuddin Chishti did was to conquer fear, suspicion and the religious divide of the day with poetry, music and a simple philosophy of love that appealed most to the majority of people who were tired of war waged upon them by others.

Because of his open house lifestyle in Ajmer, in the heartland of the Indian subcontinent, Muinuddin Chishti was able to initiate a cultural dialogue amongst people belonging to different cultures and religions, at his doorstep. This naturally earned him more friends, even amongst total strangers.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

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