According to a press release from Madariya Sufi Foundation, "Sufism Is Islamic. No Sufi Music In Islam except as per Shariah Law. Sufis to Ban & Protest all such musical songs, dances, festivals, movie songs In India & Worldwide".
Sufism is a branch of Islam, defined by adherents as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a sufi. Sufis belong to different (uruq or “orders” — congregations formed around a master — which meet for spiritual sessions (majalis), in meeting places known as zawiyahs, dargah, khanqahs, or tekke. Sufi turuq/orders may trace many of their original precepts from the Islamic Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and through his cousin and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s).
The Foundation warns, "If despite this if any movie producers, media house, music concert organizers use the word ‘Sufi , we will protest them & also file legal case under various sections of Indian Penal Code for insulting the faith & hurting religious sentiments. This is clear memorandum that there is no Sufi Singer if the poem/song is not in praise of Almighty Allah, Holy Prophets of Islam & his companions, Islamic figures or any Sufi Saints."
As a result of the protest, a very recent case of ‘World Sufi Spirit Festival’ has been changed to ‘Sacred Spirit Festival at Nagaur & Jodhpur.
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