ISLAMABAD: A society shrouded with chaos and conflicts can turn over a new life through meditation and by practicing the message of tolerance, love, brotherhood – which is the message of the Sufis. This message was communicated through the three documentaries on Pakistani Sufi Poets, Shah Hussain, Bulleh Shah and Mian Muhammad Bukhsh, screened at Pakistan National Council of Arts, on Thursday. The documentaries are a massive project of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PLA) and were presented by its chairman Fakhar Zaman.
Produced by Afzaal Shahid and directed by Farrukh Zaman, these documentaries will be subtitled in major languages of the world such as, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic in addition to Urdu and then will be distributed by the Ministry of Culture to different countries of the world, Zaman informed.
The first documentary screened was on Shah Hussain (1538–1599), a Punjabi Sufi poet. He is considered to be the pioneer of the Kafi form of Punjabi poetry who is famous for his notable verse ‘main nahin, sub tu’ (I am nothing, All is you) and has left behind 50 pearls of wisdom in the form of Kafi. Most of Hussain’s poetry revolves around spinning of wheel which he compared with the circle of life.
The documentary revealed an interesting fact that Shah Hussain who is also known as “Madho Lal Hussain” is called so because of his affection for his dedicated disciple, “Madho lal” a Hindu boy and Madho’s tomb lies next to Hussain’s in the shrine.
The third and the last documentary was on Bulleh Shah (1680–1757), the greatest Sufi poet of the Punjab who is still equally popular among all communities because of his pure life and high spiritual attainments. His admirers compare his writings and philosophy to those of Rumi and Shams Tabriz.
He is also known as a humanist and philosopher. As Bulleh Shah’s time was marked with communal strife between Muslims and Sikhs, in that time Baba Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and peace for the citizens of Punjab. Sufi scholars hold Bulleh Shah in great esteem and gave him the title of “The Sheikh of Both the Worlds” and “The man of God”. Bulleh Shah’s poetry and philosophy strongly criticizes Islamic religious orthodoxy of his day.