The Times Of India. Nov 30, 2015, 02.55 PM IST
Budding Kashmiri English poet Mohsin bin Mushtaq (29) enthralled audiences at the Times Literature Festival with his refreshing poetry on love and Sufism on Monday.
His session started with a recent poem on Iman Husain, the grandson of the prophet and to whose family Sufis trace their lineage to. The eulogy to Husain, highlighting his great sacrifice while standing up to evil ruler Yazid was read in context to the recent carnage in Paris.
Mushtaq spoke about the need to understand spirit of love that Sufism entails to counter the dark forces of evil and what they embody in forms of tragedy in Paris, Palestine and other trouble-torn places in the world.He read the poem twice at the insistence of a lively audience along with his verses mourning Paris.
The poet explained two perspectives of the poem: One the obvious expression of the fight of good against evil and the values of sacrifice, patience truth besides standing up to the tyranny.
Mushtaq spoke about his background as a doctor and his transition to poetry drawing inspiration for iconic poets like Maulana Rumi, Maulana Jami, Hafiz and Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
He talked about tolerance of the times when Sufism was introduced in Kashmir in the 14th century and how his ancestor Mir Syed Ali Hamadani chose to go with the prevalent Hanafi school of thought instead of his own — Shafi.