the soul of Sindh

O friend, why are you still inclined to waste paper and ink?
Go forth and try to find the source where words were formed.

~Shah Abdul Latif Bhitae

Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai  was a devout Muslim Sufi, but his spirituality was broad and welcoming, making room for Muslim and Hindu alike.
– from Poetry Chaikhana

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Shah Abdul Latif had forsaken a life of material comfort for he was born to a background of material wealth. He harbored disdain for those who thirst for temporal power and tyranny.

Shah Abdul Latif Bhitae  (1689 – 1752) is a famous Afghan-origin Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, poet, and musician. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Sindhi language.  There are some scholars that claim he was a descendant of Mohammad and grandson of Mohammad.

His work has been compared frequently to great Persian poet RūmīSeyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, described Shah Latif as a “direct emanation Rūmī‘s spirituality in South Asia.”

Shah Latif can be said to be the soul of Sindh. He was a great saint , a nationalist , a humanist and a poet…
~ Salman Minhas, from the-south-asian.com

Sindhi
Sindhi is an Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It has influences from a local version of spoken form of Sanskrit and from Balochi.  Sindhi is spoken in Sindh, which includes the provincial capital Karachi, Balochistan in Pakistan, and in regions of India.

Sindhi has a vast vocabulary and a very old literary tradition. This trend has made it a favorite of many writers and consequently a vast volume of literature and poetry have been written in Sindhi.  (See main articles Sindhi literature and Sindhi poetry).

bhittai_shrineBhit Shah Shrine/Mosque
Bhit Shah is the only shrine anywhere in Pakistan that has a post-sunset performance of Sufi music and singing everyday of the year. The main instrument played here is the drone Tambura, said to have been invented by Shah Abdul Latif himself.
– from Friends Korner forum

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