Killed… for singing songs. People are in a state of shock in Pakistan. Classical singers like Amjad Fareed Sabri are deeply respected and worshipped in these countries, especially in Asia. They are immortal. No one insults them, no one injures them. Every home is open to them, everyone is their friend.
Pakistan is plunging deeper and deeper into extremism. It’s called “Saudi funding” of expanded Wahhabism. When U.S. forces fought in Afghanistan terrorists poured across the borders into Pakistan – a perfect breeding ground for indoctrination and hatred, common in madrassas all through the country.
Sufi singers often use ‘forbidden’ topics such as drunkenness to describe religious fervour and they compare God with a lover. These descriptions came into being during the height of the Ummayyad caliphate brutality in defiance over Islamic barbarity and cruelty, and most likely created by enslaved infidels who had been forced to convert to Islam. Over this choice of theirs, they have been persecuted for centuries and most of them have been forced to live underground. Qawwali singers are famous and popular due to the beautiful and sweltering poetry in their songs, and poetry is one of the few things that is not forbidden in Islam. The fact that a much-loved singer – and classical singers like Amjad Sabri who is a demi-god in countries like Pakistan – tells us a lot what is actually happening within the country. One can only feel sorry for those who want progress and change to be sandwiched in this situation. But they need to understand that the key to their bondage or freedom lies in the manner in which they educate their children and how they utilize media.
The only “good” that comes from brutality like this is that more and more Muslims will turn their backs on Islam. Apostasy will eventually turn into a wildfire and the world’s ugliest, most evil and murderous religion will cave in and self-immolate.
Amjad Sabri, famed Sufi singer, gunned down in Pakistan
By Sophia Saifi, CNN
Updated 2227 GMT (0627 HKT) June 22, 2016
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan’s most well-known Sufi musicians, was gunned down Wednesday in the southern city of Karachi.
Sabri, 45, was the victim of what police are calling a targeted killing. Two assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on his car, firing 5 or 6 shots, according to Muqqadas Haider, a senior police official.
Sabri died of his injuries en route to the hospital, Haider told CNN. The singer was known for not having any political affiliations.
Amjad Sabri belonged to the renowned Sabri family, members of the Chishti Sufi order and the most famous Qawwali group in the country. They had performed internationally and were known for their renditions of mystical Islamic poetry. Qawwali is a form of passionate, devotional Sufi music, specifically from South Asia.
A faction of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, citing the type of music Sabri performs as “blasphemous.”
Pakistani security officials inspect the bullet-riddled car of Sufi musician Amjad Sabri.
Ahmer Naqvi, a journalist who works at local music streaming platform Patari, explained that Qawwali as an art form can be threatening to some radical Muslims.
“It is a very much a subcontinental expression of Islam, a region that is one of the great historical centers of the religion. And as Islamic orthodoxy has moved away from music, that hostility has expanded towards the arts, including Qawwali,” he said.
The Sabri family and their unique, urbanized style of Qawwali have been an integral part of Pakistan’s cultural landscape since the 1950s, with their music and lyrics known to almost all Pakistanis across the social and cultural spectrum.
Wednesday’s killing of Amjad Sabri, the family’s second-generation scion, prompted an outpouring of grief across the country. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif released a statement calling the killing a “terrorist attack” and lauding Sabri for his efforts in the “promotion of Qawwali in the country.”
Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans next to oil lamps to pay tribute to Sufi musician Amjad Sabri.
The interior ministry has released a statement stating Pakistan’s security and intelligence agencies will work together to track down Sabri’s killers.
Qawwali has flourished in the shrines of Sufi saints that are dotted across Pakistan. But the mystical, moderate form of Sufi Islam practiced there has become a target of militants in recent years.
Many Pakistanis took to social media to express outrage at the slaying, which took place during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar.
We have monsters amongst us who think it’s their duty in Ramzan to kill a man who only sang God’s praise. We are so broken. #RIPAmjadSabri
— Sahar Habib Ghazi (@SaharHGhazi) June 22, 2016
Till more details pour in, let this moment be about the man and his music.
— Natasha (@OhTripe) June 22, 2016
Stop funding terrorists. Stop nurturing hatred. And stop sharing tweets of condemnation when its your job to instead protect your people.
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) June 22, 2016
The killing also follows a spike in violence in Karachi, which is Pakistan’s largest and most populated city. A military operation to combat terrorism has been underway in the city since 2013.