In the Sufi tradition, verse and music are means of attaining awareness and are an expression of Ishq - love for God - the ultimate truth. Sufi devotional music therefore, has the power to deeply move the mind and the spirit.
The selection of verse in the album include some of the best known qawwalis, Kafis and ghazals ever composed. They have been selected with a view to facilitate appreciation of the range of verses, musical compositions and languages involved. Thus, the lyrics include an assortment of Persian, Urdu, Punjabi and Saraiki poetry drawn from the works of some of the greatest Sufi poets of all times. This collection includes works of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Hafiz Shirazi, Amir Khusrao, Sachal Sarmast, Bulleh Shah, Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Sultan Bahu, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and many others, sung by renowned artists.
Sufi Music Library
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