Monday, April 23, 2007

Sufis Are on Notice in Pakistan

I've said for awhile that Sufis aren't safe in Pakistan. I've also said before that the true inheritors of the Sufi legacy are the Sikhs. Who but the Sikhs remembers Baba Farid's teachings and through Guru Granth Sahib revere them as their own?

Baba Farid would be facing the same situation as the folks in this excerpt...

Lashkar-e-Islami is led by Mangal Bagh, a former student of fundamentalist cleric Mufti Munir Shakir.

Mufti Shakir left the area after at least 25 people were killed in clashes last year between his supporters and followers of rival cleric, Mullah Pir Saifur Rehman.

Correspondents said Mufti Shakir had been calling for strict Islamic Shariah law to be implemented in the area.

He and his followers who set up the Lashkar-e-Islami are said to strongly oppose the secular Sufi interpretation of Islam espoused by Mullah Rehman.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not equating today's Sufis with Baba Farid, and I'm not saying there aren't other issues at play with the fighting between these groups of Muslims, including a trading route. But the fact remains, anyone not towing the fundo line in Pakistan is under real threat.

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