It's the humble duty of every qawwal to offer their musical devotion ( hazree ) at the shrines of the great sufi masters. Khaja Mueenuddin Chishty is one these exceptional personalities. Here we are singing Hazrat Sutan Bahu's great poem Abayat-e-Bahu live at Khajaji's shrine in Ajmer Rajasthan. My first qawwali offering at this sacred place was with Aminah Chishti back in 2001. Since then we've been singing regularly at the most essential shrines ( Dargah's ) of the Khajigan ( First lineage of Chishty masters in India/Pakistan ) these are:
Hazrat Khaja Mueenuddin Chshty ra in Ajmer
Hazrat Khaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki ra in Mehrauli
Hazrat Khaja Fariduddin Ganjshakar ra in Pakpattan
Hazrat Khaja Sabir Allauddin ra in Kaliyar
Hazrat Khaja Nizamuddin Aulia ra in Delhi
Here is a translation of the qawwali kalam:
My master has planted in my heart the jasmine of Allah's name.
Both my denial of the One & my embracing of the One have nourished the seedling deep to it's core.
When the buds of mystery unfolded into the blossoms of revelation,
my entire being was filled with God's fragrance.
May the perfect master who has planted this jasmine in my heart be ever blessed o Bahu.
Were my whole body adorned with eyes, I would gaze at my master with untiring zeal.
O how I wish that every poor of my body would turn into a million eyes, so as some closed to blink others would open to see.
But even then my thirst to see him might remain unquenched, what else am I to do o Bahu.
Musicians from left to right:
Tahir Hussain Faridi
Kamal Banarasi - Tabla
Shankar Faiz ( Makhani Wala )
Tufaan Ali ( Rocket )
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Bio: In this time of religious extremism, there are still those who are carrying the flame of religious tolerance, devotion and mysticism- and the Sufi’s are some of the most ancient.
Fanna-Fi-Allah carries the tradition and teachings of the Sufi’s in their music, the devotionally driven and passionate music of Qawwali. Through many years of study and practice under the guidance of Qawwali masters of India and Pakistan, their expression of Qawwali music has become an authentic representation and continuation of this ancient tradition of Sufi music.
Sufism is alive and well in India and Pakistan, where Qawwali music celebrates the great Sufi mystics of old, and relishes in the love of the Divine through poetry. Sung with a powerful and soaring melodious chorus and accompanied by entrancing energetic rhythms of tabla and group clapping, the Beloved is celebrated with ecstatic devotion.
Fanna-Fi-Allah gives audiences a glimpse inside this rich and vibrant Sufi culture, to which many would otherwise never experience. The groups founding members have spent over 20 years learning this classical art-form. During their 15 years of world-wide touring they have played at many major international festivals. They have enthralled audiences in the USA, Pakistan, Europe, Indonesia, India, Egypt, and others, with their dynamic skill, and passionate musical precision. With ten albums already published, Fanna-Fi-Allah have now given us an even greater glimpse into this Sufi world of Pakistan with the production of their new documentary: Music of the Mystics.
Fanna-Fi-Allah continues to carry on an ancient wisdom in their music, a wisdom that is not only heard, but is profoundly felt. A universal message of devotion and tolerance that ignites hearts and quenches their deeper longings. A message that is so crucial for our time.