Author: Motilal Jotwani
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123005083
This second enlarged edition covers five Sufi poets of Sindh who preached love and tolerance and refused to toe the line of bigotry and stood for accommodation among communities. Shah Latif of Bhit is the central personage in this study, and he and his poetry are dealt with in detail.
The ideal of 'futuwwah', or brotherhood, which was at the basis of many associations devoted to the spread of purity, generosity, service or neighbor or stranger in the pre-Islamic Arabia seems to have been adhered to more strictly by the Arabian mystics in the beginning of the ninth century AD. These mystics came to be called Sufis.
The Sufis, being in the general framework of the 'Shari'ah', the correct practice of the Quarnic beliefs, followed different individual path, or 'tariqah', for their spiritual endeavor.
The type of Sufism based on the doctrine of 'Wahdah-al-wujud of Muhiyuddin ibn Arabi (1165-1240), and not on the orthodox 'Silsilah' of Shaikh Muhiyuddin Abdul Qadir of Gilan took roots in the Indian soil very naturally, because it was more Indian in its character and expression.