Saturday, 25 February 2017

Dancing at shrines and wrath of Allah


In a new wave of ghastly terrorist strikes in Pakistan, the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalander (ra) was also targetted with casualties of about 80 innocent people. Though an attack at shrine (the second such attack after Data Darbar in Lahore) with huge loss of lives is very tragic but it is equally insane when some groups of people in Pakistan claim they want to fight terrorism by performing dances and music shows at the same shrine.

I am no follower of Mufti Muneeb but he is right when he says that a shrine of saint is no place where dancers should put on their show in the name of 'Sufism' and 'enlightenment'. 

For God's sake do we ever dance when we go to graveyards of common Muslims? No, we just go there and offer 'Fateha' and dua. Then how come one is allowed to dance at the shrine of a saint? That is not our culture but the ways of Hindus and people who dance or do 'dhamaal' at shrines are only inviting wrath of Allah. 

The basic teachings of Islam strictly prohibit such foul acts at a place like shrine or even a common graveyard. We should remember that real rewards and punishment are for afterlife, so if the dancers at shrines think everything is going well for them in this world, then that is just a delusion. 

Encouraged by the bold actions of a renowned dancer who performed 'dhamaal' at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a music group of Pakistan also planned to perform music at the same. The aim of these music groups is just to promote their business and they are opportunists.

Let's hope 'dancing' or 'dhamaal' is stopped at shrines in Pakistan and may Allah guide all of us who are on wrong track - Aameen.

- by S Roman Ahsan.

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