abdul latif bhittai

The people are devoted to reading books

but they never allow the meanings enshrined them

to take root in their hearts.

Therefore the more they read,

they greater the sinners they become.

~Syed Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) of a #Sufi pilgrim in Bhit Shah, #Pakistan, who owns nothing but a woolen cloak. He lives on rice and meat given out at shrines he visits. He spends all his days studying the #Koran as well as the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. Part of a long term story on #Sufism, a branch of #Islam defined by its adherents as the #mystic branch of Islam. Others claim it is a philosophy that pre-dates religion, the expression of which “flowered within Islam.” In Pakistan Sufism is a voice of #peace and moderation in a time of violent extremism. #Peace! by natgeo