PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded at the mausoleum of a 17th century Sufi poet in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, showing the gulf between hard-line Muslims and many in the region who follow a traditional, mystical brand of Islam. A letter delivered to the management of the mausoleum of Sufi poet Rehman Baba on the outskirts of Peshawar warned against its perpetration of “shrine culture” three days before the attack, said Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, a top government official in the city. The letter also noted that women were coming to pray at the shrine, he said.
Many Pakistanis like to pray at the tombs of mystics and holy men, something opposed by hard-line Muslims because they believe it is un Islamic. The extremists also believe Islam prohibits men and women from mingling unless they are husband and wife or close relatives.
Such have your sorrows overpowered me,
That I’ve lost every place in and out.My sobs have rendered people restless,
Like fire of a burning dry wood engulfing the moistured.In your pain, I’m weeping like a candle,
But you are smiling at me like a bright morn.
My heart’s hanging in your path,
Like your black hair dangling in front of your face.
Tis’ a norm for all the sorrows to be crushed under your feet,
When you are burdened with that single grief.
They come towards you, leaving me behind,
All those who advisingly forbade me from your path.
Such is the effect of yours over the face of Rehman,
Like a flame of fire over a thinly dry stalk.