Thursday, February 15, 2007
Karachi: Daily Times caught up with Abida Parveen ahead of her talk at the Aga Khan University Wednesday to ask her a few questions about her experiences.
Daily Times: Why did you choose to solely sing Sufi kalam?
Abida Parveen: Sufism is the name of a feeling, of a light that is meant as guidance for the whole of humanity to lead it to the correct path.
Allah has put this flame into the heart of His creation, so the connection has always existed. The Sufi tradition does not follow the scientific theory that the mind is the ruler of the body, rather it has its own theory that dictates that the heart is king.
I am lucky to feel that connection in my heart and that is why I sing the kalam, which is the supreme form of expression for me.
DT: Which other forms of music would you like to sing?
AP: Music is something that I feel very deeply. I am also classically trained and that is why I enjoy all forms of music.
But I do believe that no colour is darker than the colour of Sufi music and no intoxication is stronger. It is as if I was born to sing this.
DT: Do you believe in the healing powers of Sufism and spiritualism?
AP: Absolutely. Sufism seeks to enjoin and purify humanity. Once you devote yourself to these concepts, your enthusiasm to help the human race comes out as strong as ever.
DT: You have performed the world over, even in areas where people do not understand that languages you sing in. Does the language barrier ever become a hindrance in the transmission of your message?
AP: Never. Usually in Europe, you find people who don’t understand what I am saying, but the whole experience is so overwhelming for them that they cannot help but let the tears flow. They are so deeply touched by the Sufi words, that even if the time for the performance is 7 pm, they arrive way earlier just to get the feel.
DT: Life has become increasingly complicated, and it seems as if in all the hustle-bustle, people have lost their spiritual connection. What would be your message to those who want to improve their spiritual life?
AP: You will not find Allah anywhere but inside your heart.
Delve into yourself, deeper and deeper, until you find Him and re-establish your relationship with Him.
He has put the flame in your heart, and it cannot die out until He wills, so even if you feel that you are not finding Him, do not give up your search.