Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hindu infused Islam - Photos

A Pakistani Muslim devotee smokes outside the shrine of Muslim saint Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, during three day annual ''Urs'' or religious festival in Lahore on January 24, 2011. Data Ganj Bakhsh was a Persian Sufi and scholar during the 11th century. He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan (990 AD) during the Ghaznavid Empire and settled and died in Lahore spreading Islam in South Asia. Thousands of Muslim devotees across Pakistan participated in the 967th annual festivities at the shrine to pay their tribute to the saint.

Hmm.. what's in the pipe??

Arabia be up there to throw money to rid Islam of this!

Destruction and annihilation of mystic practices at Sufi Tombs is the cornerstone strategy of Wahhabism:
The Unitarian concept of Abdul Wahab was that the only stone a Muslim can use as an intercession is the Black Stone of Kaaba [/central shrine or idol ~ pre-Islamic that must have been the Allah stone ~ to which every Muslim must pray everyday - a stone forms the center of Islamic worship!!], whereas all other shrines and mausoleums are considered to be ungodly. But here, in the subcontinent and Far East, the population had a natural tendency and adoration towards shrines and saints due to Hindu and Buddhist backgrounds. It was expressed through their great love for music, an art form that had divine connotations to sing devotional paeans in an opium-induced trance. So what was part of a culture became part of the religion. It may have not been something prescribed by the Prophet [he did it pre-Islamic Arabian practise are all over Islam], but sans tradition, the evolution would be different. Now changing these people by force to the “desert” version of Islam [Islam and laws are almost entirely about life in the desert ~ if you kill a man ~ you should take the family a camel, burying the body the next day because of the heat] is a very big challenge and Taliban realizes that the only way they can do it is through bloodshed, terror and senseless killing like we witnessed in Data Darbar. [+]

A Pakistani devotees dances outisde the shrine of Sufi Saint Data Ganj Bakhsh in Lahore on January 23, 2011. The three-day celebrations of 967th festival of Hazrat Ali Bin Usman popularly known as Data Gunj Bakhsh started with traditional zeal with 'chaddar' laying ceremony at the shrine after the after noon prayers. At least 42 people were killed on July 2, 2010 in two suicide attacks at the tomb of an Islamic saint Data Ganj Bakhsh in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

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