Sufism has become the last hope for promoting tolerance, harmony and brotherhood among the worldly nations. Mystics have used their poetry promoting the human loving values among the masses of the South Asia. Punjabi poets like Mian Muhammad Bukhsh, Buleh Shah and Guru Nanak have disseminated the human loving libertarian values among the people of Punjab. These Sufis awakened the messes against the undemocratic and fascist forces in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Literature of Punjabi Sufi poets preserves rich ethical values in their message. It is need of the hour to trace the socio-psychological meanings of their poetry. The Centre for History, Political Science and International Relations at the Hafiz Hayat Campus will cooperate with the Gujrat based society for the uplift for the culture and heritage to explore more avenues of research in the Punjabi literature. These remarks were passed by the Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin
while presiding over the first session of the seminar on the 104th anniversary of Punjabi Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bukhsh
at Hafiz Hayat Campus, the University of Gujrat
The seminar was organized by the Center for History, International Relations and Political Science (CHIP) at Hafiz Hayat Campus with the collaboration of Society for Uplift of Cultural & Heritage (SUCH). The second session was arranged on the musical presentation of the “Saif-ul-Malook”, a landmark compilation of the Sufi poet. Renowned performers on the Saif-ul-Malook were invited on the occasion.
While addressing the seminar as Chief Guest, District Coordination Officer Gujrat, Agha Nawazish Ali said that our society has consistently been deteriorating the phenomenon of socio-political and ethical thoughts. Our society is at verge of disintegration of the social system. We can find relief only from the message of Sufis. Sufi’s message comprises the divine value of peace, love and universal brotherhood. It is good omen that the University of Gujrat has launched a campaign of promotion of literature and art in the area. While commencing the proceedings of the seminar, SUCH’s patron Dr Azhar Mahmood Chaudhry highlighted the significance of the seminar and research on literature of the Sufi poets. He highlighted the importance of research on the literature of Sufi poets of Punjab in general and of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh in special. He said that Mian Muhammad Bukhsh has rightly been known as “Roomi-e-Kashmir”. He also shed light on the nature of the litetrature of the Sufi poet which resulted the promotions of the cultural values of the area of Gujrat. He appreciated the art-loving attitude of the Vice Chancellor. He said that Dr Nizamuddin has given an impetus to the promotion of the socio-cultural values of the area.
Director Center for History, International Relations and Political Science (CHIP) Prof Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah formally opened the debate. He stressed the need to study the message of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh’s poetry in the historical context. He said that Bukhsh’s poetry is the reflective of the circumstances emerged after the war of independence. He said that the Saif-ul-Malook is the objective reflection of that era. He termed him as the poet of a common man and his poetry is people oriented. Prof Shabbir said that Mian Muhammad Bukhsh observed the masses very closely and narrated a ‘truth’ regarding the socio-political conditions of the people of that period in his poetry.
Gujrat’s renowned Punjabi poet and story writer Khalid Hussain Thatha’al narrated the diverse characteristics of the poetry of the Sufi poet. He shed light on various aspects of the poetry of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh. He termed Saif-ul-Malook a message oriented landmark poetic collection. Prof Yousaf from Jhelum viewed critically the poetic message of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh. He termed the contents great revelations and stressed for academic research patronage of all Punjabi poetic contents but of especially Saif-ul-Malook. He viewed commons grounds of Altaf Hussain Hali’s poetry and Mian Muhammad Bukhsh. Other speakers who addressed the seminar and viewed the mystic poetry of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh were Principal Government College Kotli (Azad Kashmir) Zubair Qazi and Col (Retd) Nadir Ali. They viewed extensively and critically the poetry of the Sufi poet. They explained all dimensions of the literariness of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh. Their stressed remained on the need for research of all aspects of the Sufi poetry. They shed light on the ways how the Sufi poet led people to find God and His blessings.
Seminar was followed by the melodious presentation of Saif-ul-Malook. Verses of Saif-ul-Malook were presented in different artistic ways i.e. Darbari Rang, Pahari Rang, etc. Qazi Qamar-ul-Islam, Fayyaz Ali Khan, Imran Shah and Syed Faiz Rasool were among those who amused the audience. Dr Azhar Mahmood Choudhry was also among the singer of the Saif-ul-Malook. In the end, Prof Shabbir Shah thanked the speakers, artists and audience with the pledge of holding more seminars on the academic and melodious work of Punjabi Sufi poets.
Labels: Literature, Mian Muhammad Bukhsh, University of Gujrat
posted by S A J Shirazi @ 8:30 AM,
At 1:13:00 PM,
Sahibzada Asim Maharvi Chishti said...
There is no other solution left now but Sufism..!
At 9:17:00 PM,
The days of men of letters are over - only their remembrance remains.
At 12:51:00 AM,
it is sad but true that our generation does not even know about our sufi poets...i find myself unable to write a decent comment on Mian sahab or sufism or good poetry..
At 4:13:00 PM,
Ma mare par peke wanjan, puo mare ghar whela
Weer maran Muhammad Baksha, Ghar ho wenda he wehla
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