Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sufi Saints of Bihar

By Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
17 January, 2014
Hazrat Makhdoom Yahiya Maneri (Urdu: حضرت مخدوم کمال الدین یحییٰ منیری, Hindi: हज़रत मख़्दूम यहया मनेरी) was an Indian Sufi saint of 13th century. His tomb lies in courtyard of a mosque, located in Maner, 29 km from Patna, Bihar, India.
‘Sufism’ comes from the Arabic word ‘Safa’, which means “purity”. The other meaning, which is derived from the term ‘Suf’, means “wool”, indicating lack of extravagance and signifying simplicity. In short a Sufi is one who lives a simple life and has purity of faith.
‘Sufiya-e-Bihar’ is a book “brought out by Jagran Prakashan Limited falls in the genre of coffee table books that are based on places of worship.” This article talks about the Khanquahs, Dargahs and Mazars of Bihar, mentioned in the book. With over 52 locations, this book, Sufiya-e-Bihar, gives a complete picture of the places of devotional importance in this genre in the state.
Anees ur Rahman Qasmi, General Secretary, Imarat Shariah (Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand) says: “Bihar, approximately from the past 1000 years has been the centre for a lineage of Great Sufis. The aura of Bihar has helped in fulfilling the educational and eternal thirst of all the Sufis. The effect of Sufiya-e-Karam can be clearly seen in the society, education, mannerism and hospitality of Bihar.”

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