DISTINGUISHING THE ROLE OF SUFI SAINTS IN COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TO VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN SINDH
Keywords:Sufism, Resilience, Sufi Saint, Music, Violent Extremism
This study explores the unique tradition and practice of Sufism in Sindh. The study is enriched with the qualitative data of the participants (twenty in total) having thorough expertise on the subject-matter of the Sufism of Sindh. It explores the distinguishing role of the sufi saints in Community Resilience to violent extremism in Sindh. The thematic analysis technique was applied to highlight the findings of the research. The Sufism of Sindh is very unique, homogenous, all-inclusive and universal in its characteristics. The teachings of Bhittae, Sachal and Qalandar are instrumental learning for the common people from various communities.
The Music, kalam, rhythm and dance are the key medium of the sufi saints having healing spiritual powers for followers. There is increasing role of Academia, Media, Culture, Aukaf and Embassies to popularize the peace and resilient message of the sufi saints of Sindh who built strong ideological walls for communities fighting against violent extremism. It is high time to strengthen and promote the unique message of these Sufis of Sindh locally, nationally and globally so that peace goals of world communities can be successfully achieved.