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  • Eid Mubarak

    by Jai
    30th August, 2011 at 1:00 pm    

    Pickled Politics would like to wish our Muslim readers “Eid Mubarak”, as today marks the end of Ramadan (or “Ramzan”, as we South Asians pronounce it).

    Some suitable music to mark the occasion:

    A live performance of an extract from “Man Kunto Maula”, by the Pakistani singers Atif Aslam and Riaz Ali Khan. Dedicated to Ali, this devotional song was written by the Indian Sufi poet and musician Amir Khusrau in the 13th century; it is regarded as the first qawwali in Indian history. Amir Khusrau, the Sufi Muslim saint Nizamuddin Auliya’s most famous disciple, is widely regarded as one of the founders of North Indian classical music as an organised art form. Atif Aslam is the younger singer in the video below; he often contributes to the soundtracks for Indian films, and has become very popular during the past couple of years.

    Nizamuddin Auliya himself was a disciple of Fariduddin Ganjshakar (known as “Baba Farid” or “Sheikh Farid”), a Muslim saint who is regarded as the founder of Punjabi Sufism. Hundreds of verses from Farid’s hymns and religious poetry were included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred scriptures of Sikhism; the final version of the Guru Granth Sahib was compiled by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Both Nizamuddin and Farid are famous for their humanitarian message of compassion towards everyone and for promoting the concept of the inherent unity & equality of mankind; they are still revered by huge numbers of Indians from all backgrounds, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and Nizamuddin’s shrine in Delhi is similarly visited by numerous Indians from multiple faiths.

    Amir Khusrau is also buried at the shrine complex, as is Jahanara, who was the favourite daughter of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal) and was also the sister of the Mughal crown prince Dara Shukoh. A photo of Nizamuddin’s shrine is displayed at the top of this article. You can watch a 10-minute extract from the Channel 4 series “Sufi Soul” via Youtube here, which includes the historian William Dalrymple’s interview of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew of the late great Sufi Muslim singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; the video includes a clip of Rahat performing a more traditional version of the aforementioned qawwali by Amir Khusrau at Nizamuddin’s shrine. The video also includes some scenes from the shrine along with an inspiring interview of an elderly Muslim gentleman there.

    A wonderful clip of one of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s huge concerts in conjunction with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall in October 2009 can be seen via Youtube here. The video consists of Rahat singing a qawwali dedicated to the historical Sufi Muslim saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, who cited Ali and Rumi as his role models. The saint was a close friend of Farid, and is similarly revered by both Muslim and non-Muslim Indians for promoting friendship and understanding between people of different faiths.

    Once again, Eid Mubarak and Ramzan Kareem.

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    1. Rumbold — on 30th August, 2011 at 5:31 pm  

      Eid Mubarak everyone.

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 31st August, 2011 at 11:43 am  

      Why are some people in the UK celebrating it today when everyone else celebrated it yesterday? It’s a sin to fast on Eid day and a sin to stuff your face on Ramadan, so someone’s got it horribly wrong. This farce happens every year. How can Muslims hope for unity when we can’t agree on something as scientifically piss easy to read as a lunar calender?!

    3. Optimist — on 31st August, 2011 at 11:55 am  

      An excellant article again, Jai, as usual.

      Eid Mubarak to all Muslim brothers and sisters.

    4. Hermes — on 31st August, 2011 at 2:52 pm  

      Thanks Jai, excellent article. Where can I buy/download the Atif Islam music - it is just too good.

    5. Jai — on 31st August, 2011 at 6:42 pm  

      Thanks for your responses, everyone.

      Where can I buy/download the Atif Islam music

      Atif Aslam’s music is available from the usual sources — Amazon, iTunes etc.

      The following upbeat song from Atif’s “Coke Studio” live performance is also fantastic. It’s more of a modern/traditional fusion song, but it’s around the 2m 30s mark that it hits you what an extraordinary singer Atif really is.

    6. THResident — on 31st August, 2011 at 9:00 pm  


      Ironically, it was the Naqshbandi Sufi following mosques who celebrated Eid today, whilst the rest of the Muslim Community celebrated the first day yesterday…

    7. douglas clark — on 31st August, 2011 at 10:33 pm  

      Eid Mubarak, for those that are into that…

      You are sadly wrong but you are usually quite nice people.

      Love you all, and shit.

    8. Hugh — on 1st September, 2011 at 6:58 pm  

      Most of the Mosques in the UK (representing all schools of thought and Sufi Tariqas and including the Sunni Sufi Masjid in Southall-Townsend Rd) celebrated Eid Wedensday because we don’t follow the poltically motivated early sighting of KSA which is scientifically impossible and not witnessed by any neigbouring countries or indeed anywhere else in the world. Most of the African nations and the Indian Subcontinent also celebrated on Wedensday for the same reasons. The Arabs all blindly follow Saudi for the cause of “Arab Unity.” The problem like most in the Muslim world starts and ends with the Saudi state.

    9. THResident — on 2nd September, 2011 at 10:09 am  


      Great! Please re-read what you have written.

      Politically motivated moon sightings. Best. Joke. Ever.

    10. jamal — on 2nd September, 2011 at 11:21 am  


      how is it scientifically impossible to sight the moon my eyes work fine and so do the people who sighted the moon in other parts of the world.

      it is real shame the braelwi and saudi groups have to embarrass the muslim world again with this petty argument over moon sighting!

    11. platinum786 — on 5th September, 2011 at 10:46 am  

      Eid mubarak. Firstly the saudis have already admitted they where wrong. secondly well not much to say after that is there.

    12. mangles — on 7th September, 2011 at 10:41 am  

      A belated Eid Mubarak.

      (Good post again Jai)

      Rab Rakha!

    13. persephone — on 7th September, 2011 at 9:02 pm  

      Happy EM all

    14. AbuF — on 11th September, 2011 at 3:18 am  


      The plural of “tariq” is “turuq”.

      Just so you know.

    15. Hugh — on 11th September, 2011 at 8:50 pm  

      I’m well aware that turuq is the plural of tariqah, however I’m assuming most people here don’t speak arabic. Politically motivated because it is an effort to establish Saudi as the centre of religious authority, those who attended the conference arranged by the 70s to announce this very intention of making themselves the centre of “moonsighting” and following the birth of the moon rather than actually sighting it can tell you that. The fact is people all over the world didn’t see it including in all the surrounding countries in the Arab world and Africa. It is also known the Saudis pay people in remote areas of countries to claim to have sighted the moon after the Saudis. Only KSA claimed to have seen it as usual a day before everyone else, whilst any astronomer will tell you that practically every year the South Americans and South Africans will see it a day before anyone else. A good example of the joke which is moonsighting is when the Saudis said they didn’t see the moon on their 30th night and mosques in the UK said Ramadan would thus be 30 days, if they believed in global sightings as they claimed why didn’t they wait until the African and European countries and indeed we reached Maghrib time to see if we could see it ourselves instead of announcing it at asr time? But anyways keep on kidding yourself. As for it being a Saudi-Brelvi issue, again keep kidding yourselves, check all the Deobandi fatwas on this issue they all say not to follow Saudi because of the scientific impossibility of their sightings. Also check the practice of most East African countries and Yemen over the years, they don’t see these claimed moons and don’t follow Saudi.

    16. AbuF — on 12th September, 2011 at 6:32 am  


      Of course, only someone who knows only Qur’anic Arabic, or even MSA, would want to write “tariqah” rather than the more usual spoken form: “tariq”.

    17. douglas clark — on 12th September, 2011 at 8:37 am  


      People can’t even wish each other a breakfast without it becoming the subject of controversy!

      I’d have thought that the moon is completely predictable. There are astronomy programmes you can buy for your computer that are accurate to within nanoseconds.

      What’s the beef?

      On a somewhat related topic, I seem to recall the millenium changeover sweeping the world from East to West. I thought it was quite exciting watching the sun rise in countries across the planet, live on TV.

      This is what matters, Earthrise:

      That daft wee hemisphere is the whole damn lot of us….

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