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      can any one guide me on the sufi shrines and muslim places of indian punjab. or muslim population of the region

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      Originally posted by kabir:
      can any one guide me on the sufi shrines and muslim places of indian punjab. or muslim population of the region
      I'm sorry but my informationj is rather limited. I can tell you that Amritsar was a major center for Deoband tradition, and Jallandar had some sites of significance. East Punjabi Muslims were very educated and enterprising while we West Punjabi were more agrarian and militant. Ofcourse I exclude urban centers like Lahore, Sialkot, Rawalpindi etc.

      The Muslim population is miniscule (>5%) because the Muslims were either slaughtered before making it to the border or migrated to Punjab.
      I think you can go to: http://www.punjabi.net
      You can ask the folks there and maybe a East Punjabi Muslim might answer your questions. Good Luck

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      The mazars and shrines of Muslim saints and Sufis are everywhere in East Punjab although most of them are abandoned now except few locals chaaRh a chadar once in a while. There are few mazaars where annual or monthly melas are still held and they are part of the local cultural traditions and are attended by everyone. Few places where main shrines are still well maintained and attended are in Qadian, Malerkotla, Patiala, Sarhind etc. The Muslim population is probably 2-4% of the total state mostly centered around Qadian, Malerkotla, Patiala area. Although lately Ludhiana city has been flooded by some Muslim migrant labour from Bihar/UP areas. You can find few Punjabi muslims in almost all district level cities like Amritsar, Jallandar, Faridkot etc.
      Regardless of the bitter events of 47, most muslims in Punjab are well integrated into the local Punjabi culture and the fact that they are such a minority, none of the other two majorities care to bother them.

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      Channji, have you ever been to Qadian Sharif? If so, tell me what is it like? I have always wanted to visit Qadian, may be I can combine that with our trip to your town. Inshallah.

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      yes i have heard about qadian its somewhere in gurdaspur i guess
      but its sad to know so many sufi shrines abandoned in indian punjab
      a few days back i heard report of a mosque that was in gurdaspur was turned into a gurdwara but the sikh management turned it back to a mosque and some migrant muslim labourers were now offering namaz there.

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      NYA, yes I once paid my respects to the holy city many years ago. Don't remember much about it other than a big huge graveyard whose significance I did not know then but looks like all the Ahmadis wanted to be burried there to make sure they are in front of the queue to Jannat..
      Yes you can pay your respects to the other holy village there, the place of my birth, at the same time.

      Kabir, the mazaars abandoned are small places in rural areas like a little room or a raised graveyard stone etc. Big shrines are not abandoned...there are still people who take care of them. Particularly shrines related to Baba Farid are in good shape(Gurdwaras and Mazar).

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      Originally posted by ChannMahi:
      Regardless of the bitter events of 47, most muslims in Punjab are well integrated into the local Punjabi culture and the fact that they are such a minority, none of the other two majorities care to bother them.
      Well said ChannMahijee

      To be fair, Hindus and Sikhs left West Punjab in the same manner as the East Punjabi Muslims. It saddens me to think that so much hate and violence took place on the beautiful plains of Punjab.

      I often wonder if my family had been on the "wrong" side of the border and what would have happened..

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      Originally posted by ChannMahi:
      NYA, time.

      Kabir, the mazaars abandoned are small places in rural areas like a little room or a raised graveyard stone etc. Big shrines are not abandoned...there are still people who take care of them. Particularly shrines related to Baba Farid are in good shape(Gurdwaras and Mazar).
      can u give me more info about baba farids mazar and other sufi shrines

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