14 May, 2021

Sufism Prevails In Guru Nanak's Islam, No Place for Mullah Or Qazi

In spite of its limitations, Guru Nanak loved the Sufi way of life. Good deeds, truth and good actions were paths to God

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For becoming a true Musalman, Muslims are ­invited to follow the way shown by Guru Nanak
Sufism Prevails In Guru Nanak's Islam, No Place for Mullah Or Qazi

With the advent of Turkish rule in north-western India in the early 11th century, Muslims began to settle in the region. To their increasing numbers were added the local converts. By the time of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Muslims had become the most visible section of the social order in Punjab. They consisted mainly of the orthodox Sunnis, represented by the ulama (mullas and qazis) who upheld the Islamic law (shariat), and the various orders of the mystics of Islam (the Sufis) who represented a parallel interpretation of religious beliefs and practices. Guru Nanak came into close contact with Islam during his 10-year stay in Sultanpur, and later at several places during his travels. He brackets Islam with the major religious systems of India in the early 16th century.

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