Exiled Members of Sufi Gonabadi Dervish Order Told to “Repent” or Serve Life in Prison

The sentences of a lifetime in exile issued against Mohammad Ali Shamshirzan and Hamid Arayesh of the Sufi order in Iran known as Gonabadi Dervishes has been illegally changed to life in prison unless the two “repent,” a source with knowledge about the case informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Four other dervishes—Kazem Dehghan, Mohammad Ali Sadeghi, Ebrahim Bahrami and Mohammad Ali Dehghan—who had also been sentenced to exile, are now facing five to seven years in prison. Continue reading

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17th Muharram Urs Ghulam Qutb al-Din, Lahore, Pakistan,1210CE

Mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan

Qutb-ud-din Aibak (Arabic: قطب الدين أيبك‎, Persian: قطب الدین ایبک‎; lit. “Axis of the Faith”) was a Turkic king of Northwest India who ruled from his capital in Delhi where he built the Qutub Minar and the Quwwat Al Islam mosque. He was of Turkic descent from central Asia(modern day Aybak, Samangan, Afghanistan), the first Sultan of Delhi and founder of the Ghulam dynasty (Mamluk Sultanate) of India. He ruled for only four years. He died while playing polo in Lahore. Continue reading

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17th Muharram Urs Shah Mohammed Afaq Delvi, Delhi

Shah Muhammad Afaq

Shah Mohammed Afaq Delvi was a Naqshabandi sheikh and his dargha is near Pul Bangash Metro Station On Roshan Aaraa Road Delhi. Continue reading

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Revealing Flamenco’s Mystical Muslim Roots

From the Fall 2017 issue of Classical Guitar | BY JASON WEBSTER

In his groundbreaking book The Sufis (1964), Sufism authority Idries Shah mentions several Western cultural phenomena which were influenced or inspired by that mystical current of Islam. They include such diverse things as the Troubadour movement, the figure of the Jester, the writings of Cervantes and Goethe (among others), and the development of the Tarot. There is also, in Shah’s view, a clear relationship between Sufism and flamenco. Continue reading

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14th Muharram Urs Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Dinawari, Dinawar, Iraq, 299AH/911CE

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Mumshad Dinwari, or Karimuddin Mun’im, was an early Sufi saint, a successor to Abu Hubairah Basri, seventh link in the Sufi silsilah of the Chishti Order, and the Master of Abu Ishaq Shami. There seem to be many versions of his name in English letters when transliterating from Urdu, Persian and Arabic. I have chosen Mumshad Dinawari as being the most correct as far as I can tell. Continue reading

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