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The Role of Sufism in Reducing Terrorism & Extremism (A study of the Teachings of Khawaja Ghulam Fareed and Bullahy Shah)

Arshad Munir Leghari, Dr. Naseem Akhter, Dr. Muhammad Riaz Mahmood, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Dr. Rashida Qazi, Muhammad Irfan Ahmad


The determination of the Mystic (Sufi) is to the effort towards unity. The main purpose of Sufi is to bring humanity, separated as it is into so many different units, closer together in the deeper understanding of life. Their mission is to bring about brotherhood among races, nations and faiths and to respect one another's faith, scripture and teacher. Sufi is to confer sympathy on these lives, to impart love, compassion and kindheartedness on all creations. Pakistan who came into being in the name of Islam unfortunately, have linked with terrorism. It is a disgrace that in the contemporary day Pakistan, mullahism and the recent cancer of talibanisation are gradually eating into what had kept us integral as a society. This paper deals with the poetry of Khawaja Ghulam Fareed and Baba Bullahy Shah, two famous Sufis of the sub-continent, who are the advocates of love and harmony and always avoid conflicts. It explores how their poetry played a vital part in shaping a tolerant and unbiased society. The material for the research are collected from different libraries, newspapers and websites. The statistics are gained from the South Asia terrorism portal (SATP) that is an indispensable resource to seek information, data, critical assessment and analysis on terrorism in South Asia. The table 1 and 2 shows the number of mortalities, which was happened due to terrorism in Pakistan from 2003 to 2016. The main reasons are behind it poverty, lack of awareness about Islamic teachings, intolerance, sectarianism, extremism, lawlessness of the society etc. The key treatment and therapy of the above-mentioned illnesses exist in the massages of Sufism. In short, the message of love is conveyed through the poetries in this paper to maintain peace and harmony in society which is dire need in contemporary time.


Baba Bulleh Shah, Extremism, Khawja Ghulam Fareed, Mysticism, Pakistan, Terrorism

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