Tag Archives: sufism

Anarchy in ( muslim) India

Considered as the anarchists of Islam, fakirs are muslim ( male) wanderers who live on charity and the love of Allah.  They are not magicians who perform “miracles” such as lying on a bed of nails, eating fire, raising bodies,…even if … Continue reading

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India : Moinuddin Chishti, a sufi master

Ten years ago, in september 2002, a bizarre incident happened at Ajmer, a town in the Indian western state of Rajasthan. A 37 year old man died by jumping into a large cauldron of boiling rice ( it can contain up to 3 … Continue reading

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Pakistan : Shah Daula, a muslim saint

During the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ( 1627-1658, he is the one who ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal), the town of Sialkot ( Punjab province, Pakistan) became home to the saint Pir Shah Daula, a … Continue reading

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India : death of a rich beggar

Recently, a beggar died in a street. He had Rs 200.000 ( 3000 €, 3500 US$) in his pockets. Amazingly, he died of ailments which could have been cured. I’m not going to write another post about indian beggars, how many … Continue reading

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Pakistan : the “pir” tradition, an example of how religion and politics can mingle

Sufism is the muslim mystical way. It completes the “sharia”, the islamic law, and it reveals the hidden signification of the Koran. It has been introduced in the indian sub-continent initially by saints, then by congregations from the 13° century. These … Continue reading

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