18-May-2024
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Ajan Pir: A Beacon of Communal Harmony in 17th Century Assam

Ajan Pir's teachings were deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of Assam. Ajan Pir's compositions reflect the influence of Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva, known for devotional performing arts like Borgeet, Bhaona, and Sattriya dance.

In 17th-century Assam, Ajan Pir, a revered spiritual figure, safeguarded and spread true Islam among the region’s Muslim masses. In remote Assam, Ajan Pir (Azan Pir) stabilized Islam by addressing deviations and guiding the community to its core beliefs.

The king misunderstood Ajan Pir‘s actions and ordered the cruel punishment of extracting his eyeballs. Displaying incredible faith, he calmly presented them in cups to the king’s soldiers.

However, the greatness of Ajan Pir’s spiritual powers eventually came to light during the reign of Ahom king Gadadhar Singha (1681-1696 CE). They rehabilitated him with land grants and servitors, enabling him to continue his work easily and comfortably.

Ajan Pir’s teachings were deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of Assam. Ajan Pir’s compositions reflect the influence of Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva, known for devotional performing arts like Borgeet, Bhaona, and Sattriya dance.

Fakir’s Zikirs found inspiration in Borgeet, glorifying God with devotional lyrics, fostering inner peace and harmony.

The contributions of Ajan Pir during the momentous period of the Ahom-Mughal conflict require further research and analysis. His teachings, firmly grounded in Assam’s culture and history, continue to inspire harmony and unity among diverse communities in the region, making Assam aptly known as ‘Sankar-Ajanor desh’ – the land of Sankardeva and Ajan Pir.

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