Shah-Jo-Raag as Echo of Peace and Tolerance: A Sociological Analysis

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Ali Murad Lajwani
Ms. Fehmida Memon
Sikander Mustafa Jarwar


Every night at shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai a group of spiritual singers in black dresses sit and sing poetry of Shah chapter by chapter while playing musical instrument. Spiritual music is a unique over the world because it naturally raises echo of harmony with low and high pitch voices. Listener of this music quickly turns towards melodious voice, closes eyes and starts moving head in an unusual way – this happens while someone listen the melodious music which is commonly known as “Shah-Jo- Raag”. This spiritual music promotes sociability towards peace and tolerance among people of different religions. It has natural flavor to communicate deeply and bring people together with love and cooperation because it is not an entertaining application but is best medicine for the stability of human body and soul. Even scientific studies have also demonstrated the health benefits of music i.e. it helps to increase our capacity to learn, lower blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, reduce cardiac complications etc. Therefore, spiritual music can have a profound physical effect on the brain as well. In true sense Shah-Jo-Raag is categorized, as the voice of human spirit and it can go beyond language, beyond age, or race, or gender or nationality, beyond religious or political difference – straight to the heart and mind of all people. It is an effective and powerful tool for reaching people and building good connections, relations all around the world. In the same way as Phil Ochs says that “one good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies”.

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