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'The silent majority of Muslims are not Wahhabi'

Based in New Delhi, Sadia Dehlvi is a noted columnist who has written extensively on Islam, Sufism and Muslim-related issues. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, she talks about the need for......

Modi must drain the Kashmiri ulcer

We must repeal AFSPA to begin to heal Kashmir, and to enhance India's moral stature and that of the army, says Ajai Shukla A Kashmiri girl passes by a security personnel standing on guard on a......

The many faces of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri

Where does the religious preacher and theologian want to take Pakistan? In the mid-90s, I got a chance to meet the then Pakistan Interior Minister, Naseerullah Khan Babar, in Peshawar where......

Freedom or death: Imran Khan's war cry as anti-govt protests intensify

Riot police run after a supporter of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek, outside the parliament house as the supporters marched towards the prime......

Pakistani cleric issues new 24-hour deadline for Sharif to resign

Amid Pakistan Army’s mediation efforts, protesters have stepped up pressure on the embattled government with cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri setting yet another deadline of 24 hours for Prime Minister......

Tourist trains to connect pilgrim centres

Aiming at boosting domestic tourism, Railways on Tuesday announced several tourist trains connecting pilgrim centres across the country. Special pilgrim circuits like Devi Circuit, Jyotirling......

Bauls to come under medical insurance

In the first-ever initiative for the 'bauls' of rural Bengal, the folk baladeers now come under medical insurance. To honour and support the cause of 'bauls', whose stringed 'ektara' is unique......

Vote! Bollywood's best sufi songs

In the earliest Bollywood movies, Sufism was represented in the form of qawwali which in turn made its way from dargahs (shrines). Mixing it with pop influences, Hindi movies began using......

Review: Raja Natwarlal's music grows on you slowly

Since debutant Yuvan Shankar Raja brings in new sounds with this album, he deserves a few hearings, writes Joginder Tuteja. Yuvan Shankar Raja, who has composed for over 100 films down South, makes......

Review: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is all show, no reality

Are you all set for Palak Dikhhla Jaa, asks Raja Sen. It’s not what I expected, that’s for sure. Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and various (mostly weak) dancers......

Review: Main Tera Hero is total paisa vasool!

Not exactly meant for family audiences, Main Tera Hero is a refreshingly unpretentious, says Paloma Sharma.The first in a long enough list of good news is that at least, for once, it is......

Review: Dhoom 3's soundtrack is engaging

Dhoom Machale is the biggest draw of the Dhoom 3 soundtrack, writes Joginder Tuteja. There are good, though not humungous, expectations from the music of Dhoom 3. While Dhoom and Dhoom 2 had......

Hermanpreet hat-trick helps India down Malaysia in Johor Cup

Hermanpreet Singh did the star turn with a hat-trick of goals as India enhanced their chances of qualifying for the final of the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup with a convincing 4-2 victory over......
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Vilas Deshpande
Q. what is the difference between gazal and qawali?
Vilas Deshpande:  A.  more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/what-is-the-difference-between-gazal-and-qawali/27337333/answers/

jaya
Q. Whats the meaning of " Sayonee '' . Might be a Sufi word ?
Jaya:  A. The roots of Qawwali can be traced back to 8th century Persia (today's Iran and Afghanistan). During the first major migration from Persia, in the...... more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/whats-the-meaning-of---sayonee--.-might-be-a-sufi-word-/27269434/answers/27337352

Ginger
Q. MUSIC ---What kind of music or any song in particular which rejuvenates your senses?
Ginger:  A. I think its parsi. It means say something more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/music----what-kind-of-music-or-any-song-in-particular-which-/27141692/answers/27269440

subhash
Q. How to control the effects, if someone is found deeply frustrated?
Subhash:  A. Great music, carefully selected, can change my moods, energize me, calm me, improves my mental focus, lift us up spiritually, and helps me to...... more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/how-to-control-the-effects-if-someone-is-found-deeply-frustr/27084047/answers/27141738

  Web results for Sufis
Who am I to judge any woman?

Saad Bin Jung on cricket, wildcats and his latest book, Matabele Dawn. Released Saturday evening, this is the royal's third book. But there is more... ...

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/columns/sunday-read/Who-am-I-to-judge-any-woman/articleshow/44934053.cms
A Congregation of Cultural Custodians

Sitting upright on a straight back chair in her spartanly done up two-bedroom apartment on Feroz Shah Road, Prathibha Prahlad is drowning in piles... ...

http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/A-Congregation-of-Cultural-Custodians/2014/10/26/article2493045.ece
Shahzadi, Shaikh Chilli and a sea of stories

Once upon a time, a king who had seven sons asked the princes to choose their brides by shooting arrows; they would have to marry a girl from the... ...

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141026/jsp/calcutta/story_18966223.jsp
Local sufi rock band Pehar performs live at Cafe Gartino in Gurgaon

It was all about good food and good music for Gurgaonwallahs, when local sufi rock band Pehar performed live at Cafe Gartino recently. Many were... ...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Local-sufi-rock-band-Pehar-performs-live-at-Cafe-Gartino-in-Gurgaon/articleshow/44933920.cms
Restaurateur Vicky Tejwani hosted a lavish party at Levo Lounge in Mumbai

Restaurateur Vicky Tejwani hosted a lavish party at Levo Lounge recently, to both ring in Diwali and also to honour veteran singer Soma Ghosh's... ...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Restaurateur-Vicky-Tejwani-hosted-a-lavish-party-at-Levo-Lounge-in-Mumbai/articleshow/44932586.cms

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