ONE OF A KIND: SAIF-AL-MALUK
The Saif ul Maluk Festival held in St. George’s Hall Bradford City by PM Promoters Ltd was a one of a kind event – an insight into the world of sufi poetry and thought as evoked by ‘Arif-e’Kharri’ Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. Audiences were enlightened with the religious and literary perspectives of one of the most renowned work of sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, entitled ‘Saif al Maluk – Journey of Love’
Religious scholar, Mufti Ansarul Qadri shed light on the significance of the work in strengthening beliefs, morals and ethics of life as a whole whilst academics Sohail Warraich, Dr Sughra Sadaf, Sohail Ahmed Azizi, Dr Jawed Akram and Dr Manzoor Ejaz spoke on the beauty of the prose, its construct and the impact it has forged on the lives of the ordinary who seek solace and comfort in the recital of the melodic and powerful verses which create an everlasting impression. One of the other highlights of the show was the recital of verses by 17 year old Eesaa Khan of Laisterdyke Business College who earned the runner-up place in a recital competition conducted by the Future House section of the Education Department of the Bradford Council. First place winner Ismaeel Khan of age 12 years from Kings Academy was given the opportunity to perform along with prominent singer Hans Raj Hans in the final session.
The Saif al Maluk Festival concluded with renowned performing artists from India and Pakistan such as Hans Raj Hans, Rafaqat Ali Khan and Sanam Marvi paying tribute to the great poet by reciting some selected verses of his prized work to the melodious tune of the traditional percussion instrument of the subcontinent the ‘dhol’, ‘tabla’ and the flute. The event was very well received by all those in attendance, thoroughly relishing in the epic conclusion.