Source: RAO DILSHAD HUSSAIN and AREEBA IMTIAZ talk to Sain Zahoor Ahmed about Sufi music and his mission
Sufi music has its root in different genres of music like qawali, kafi, sufiana qalams and many other regional genre of similar cultures. Sufi music started in the sub-continent by the great saint Hazrat Amir Khusru in the 13th century. Since then sufi music is being followed by composers and musicians of the subcontinent. Initially it was used for the sole purpose of spreading the Islamic norms and values.
Sufi music also highlights the teachings of the sufi saints like Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Mohamad Bukhsh and Shah Hussain etc. Sufi singing is considered to be a symbol of love and affection. It gives the message of peace and harmony. Now sufi music has a huge following around the world.
Many Pakistani Sufi musicians including Abida Perveen, Sain Zahoor, Sher Miandad Khan, Iqbal Baho and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan have been performing across the world. Sain Zahoor Ahmad has become one of the Pakistan’s leading Sufi vocalists. He has acquired international recognition in the recent years. Continue reading