LIVE LIKE ‘ALĪ AND DIE LIKE ḤUSAIN
THE SUFIS OF SIND FROM MANṢŪR AL-HALLĀĞ TO SYED WAQĀR ḤUSAIN ŠĀH LAṬĪFĪ
From Manṣūr al-Hallāğ (244/858-309/922) to Pīr Hajī Syed Khwāja Ḥasan Sākhī Sulṭān Mangho Pīr in the 13th century to Abdul Wahhāb Fārūqī Sačal Sarmast Āškār in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (1152/1739–1242/1826) to the sixth Pīr Pagara, Šahīd Sibghatullah Šāh Rašīdī II (13271910-1361/1943), to the mild-mannered Syed Waqār Ḥusain Šāh Laṭīfī, sajjāda nashīn of the dargāh of Lāl Šāhbaz Qalander (567-568/1177–672-673/1274) in Sehwan Sharif, the pīrs of Sind have shown time and again what it means ‘to die before death’ and to ‘to live like Ali and die like Husain’. Their messages of love both human and divine live in the hearts of humanity far beyond the life-giving waters of the Indus and the life-taking bloodbaths of Karachi. In this paper we trace the sublime threads of išq (divine love) in Sind from Hallāğ to Bina Shah.
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