Our music is not just for the sake of listening, but there’s a message in there that is through Sufism. Before listeners can understand it, they have to like the music first, to be captured by the tempo. Once they get involved that way they want to experience what is in the lyrics. It is like veil after veil lifting. Then they start to understand that this music is Sufism music, with a message in there.
“This message is not only for Muslims, but for the whole world, whatever religion you have. Our message is a message of peace. The message is about humanism, about how human beings should treat other human beings, how we should live. It is a message of love between human beings and Allah. All this comes from the teachings of the great saints like (12th-Century Sufi Mueenuddin) Chishti, who were giving out the message of Allah,” Ali Khan said.
JIM WASHBURN | THE TIMES
Unlike many popular singers who have wildly animated styles, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performs seated, as implacably planted on the stage floor as a bean-bag chair. But though he may be rooted to the spot physically, the Pakistani singer’s voice launches into incredible, propulsive flights of melismatic abandon as he strains to embody the content of his songs, and his hands and arms often gesticulate and fly with the emotion of his singing.