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Dasht e Soos

A novel by Jamila Hashmi 
Reviewed by Aasim Ejaz




Sufism is the name given to the mystical movement within Islam. A Sufi is a Muslim who devotes himself to the journey after other worldly union (or, better said, gathering) with his Creator. Suf meaning “wool”; the Sufis were recognizable from their colleagues by wearing a propensity for coarse woollen fabric, in a time when silks and brocades had turned into the design of the rich and unremarkable minded, typical of their renunciation of common qualities and their extreme aversion for physical solaces.
Even when the rapid spread of Islam and the astonishing military conquests of neighbouring ancient kingdoms brought undreamed-of riches to the public exchequer, not a few of the leading men in the new commonwealth withstood all temptation to abandon the austere life of the desert, and their example was admired and emulated by multitudes of humbler rank. Nevertheless with the passage of time, and as Islam became increasing secularized consequent upon further victories and rapidly augmenting complications of state craft, the original ascetic impulse tended to be overwhelmed in the flood of worldly pre occupation.
Abu ‘l-Moghith al-Hosain ibn Mansur al-Hallaj was born C. 244 (858) near al-Baiza’ in the province of Fars. He voyaged generally, first to Tostar and Baghdad, then to Mecca, and a short time later to Khuzestan, Khorasan, Transoxiana, Sistan, India and Turkestan. In the end he came back to Baghdad, where his intense proclaiming of union with God made him be captured on a charge of incarnationism
Dasht e Soos by Jamila Hashmi is a social romantic novel published in monthly Rida digest. Jamila Hashmi is one of those few writers, who keep their readers bound with them,due to their unique writing style
Dasht e Soos is a novel about the story of great saint Hussain Mansur Hallaj. This novel was initially published in 1983. The account of Hallaj is both interesting and pitiful. Hallaj a restless and inquisitive soul had questions unanswered, he was looking for a few answers and needed to get those like Hazrat Musa(Moses) got at Kohe Tur (Mount of Sanai). He wanted to reach to God like where there is no Hijab (shroud) left, so he involved himself into such supplications and contemplation that were extreme and past the limit of ordinary people and they convey to him such mindfulness which he couldn't assemble and in confusion said something that disturbed power corridors. In any case, that was by all account not the only purpose behind his execution; there is part in the middle of, relations of scorn and love. Love with the undying and immaculate as well as with a mortal and excellent princess. Which Love at long last takes him to gallows  is an intriguing story described in this novel.