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Sufi Practices at the Dargah of Karmanwala Sharif: An Appraisal
This study deals with the spiritual practices at the Dargah of Hazrat Karmanwala Sharif, which is a part of the Naqshbandiyya Order. It is an empirical discussion of the Naqshbandiyya order and its role in social structure, also rethinking of spiritual practices at the Dargah. This study tries to find out the answers of the following research questions: Why do people visit Dargah of Karmawala Sharif? What sort of practices is carried out at the Dargah? How does the culture influence the religion? The study argues that the Sufis of Karmawala Sharif were above prejudice in their dealings with the masses, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and gender. These Sufis were of the view that Sufism is only way to access Allah in light of the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah, therefore they spread message of love, peace and harmony across the humanity. These were the Pirs of Karmawala Sharif which kept in the balance in the Muslim rule, the colonial and postcolonial period.
PhD Scholar, Pakistan Study Centre, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Prof Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chawla
Dean, Pakistan Study Centre, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan