Today, I went to a dargah which is a 10 minute walk from our house. And sat down to pray for a while. It was peaceful and quiet and I could focus on God and what I wanted to say to Him.
A Dargah is a Sufi shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure. It is usually local Muslims who use it for prayer. This one, is a small building , very colourful on the outside but resonating with peace within. It has a large hall with cool tiled floors and a high ceiling with lots of lamps; the shrine is right in the center. All around is empty space where mats are spread. One can go inside and just sit, no questions asked. Since the dargah is on top of a hill, it doesn’t get too crowded.
Over the years we become so hidebound in our thoughts and sometimes don’t see what is right under our noses. I’ve lived so many years close to this shrine, visited it with guests but have never considered it as a place of worship – for me. But then, I’m not a big temple goer either.
It took a visit from a friend who dropped in on her way there yday to wake me up. She isn’t a Muslim either. So, today I decided to go there and it was good.