Qawwali is a unique way of expressing emotions and Islam was spread through Qawwali in the Indian subcontinent, said Naheed Manzoor.
She was speaking at Mehfil-e-Sama held in connection with Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen at the Punjab Arts Council on Saturday. Naheed Manzoor and Punjab Arts Council Director Waqar Ahmad were the chief guests at the event.
"Qawwals expressed their love and devotion to Hazrat Muhammad SAW in a beautiful way. The art of Qawwali will never decline in Pakistan," said Manzoor.
Ahmad said that Qawali provides spiritual peace to a person. Some religious scholars promoted message of peace, love, brotherhood, and tolerance through this medium. Even today, listening to Qawali, the listeners are enthralled.
Punjab Arts Council Assistant Director Muhammad Suleman said that the art of Qawali is attributed to Amir Khusra in the sub-continent. This tradition of Qawali has reached today's modern Qawwali through the Chishti family, which was brought to the peak by Aziz Mian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sabri Brothers.
Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing to celebrate the Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of the last Holy Prophet (PBUH), in the federal capital with great respect and religious enthusiasm.
Ahead of this sacred occasion, majority markets and streets of the federal capital are echoing with 'Darood-o-Naat's' in the love and respect of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) while people have decorated their houses and buildings with buntings and decorative lights as a mark of devotion.
The owners of shops, buses, trucks, taxis, and motorcycles are seen busy in decorating their shops and vehicles artistically to pay great homage to Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said a citizen.
Naat khawani arrangements are being planned by various social and religious organisations to express devotion and pay homage to the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on his birth anniversary.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2022.
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