Persian mystic Sanai’s ‘religious denomination’

A millennium ago, a Muslim bigot asked the great Persian mystic Sanai (1080-1141 CE): “Master, which denomination (firqa in Arabic) do you belong to?” Sanai said, “My faith goes beyond denominations/At times, it even exceeds all faiths/My faith is mankind and my respect for every creature of the Great God is the only religion I follow/Be happy in your demarcations and divisions/ Never ask a mystic the label of his faith...” With these words, the great mystic again went into his slumberous union with God.

It’s time, we fathomed the import and purport of all the mystics’ words. Allama Iqbal put it so succinctly, “Mujhse woh poochhte hain mera firqa/Tamaam firqe simat aaye hain mere dil ke mazhab mein’ (They ask me the (religious) sect I belong to/ They don’t know that all sects are dissolved into the religion of my heart). When can we all be able to think alike to be really exalted human beings?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2014 on page no. 11

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