Langar (Sufism)
Langar is the provision of free food to the needy in a religious context. Even though use of the word "Langar" is mostly associated with a more fundamental element of Indian Sikh religious traditions, communal serving of food has also been a rich tradition in Indian and Persian Sufism, especially of the Chishti Order. There is extensive use of free food imagery and metaphor in Sufi writings. Sugar and other sweet foods represent the sweetness of piety and community with God, while salt symbolizes purity and incorruptibility. Bread is regarded as sacred in Islam and is treated reverentially. Through the pronouncement of Bismallah during the bread-making process, the bread is imbued with spiritual power or baraka, which is shared by those who eat the bread. The transformation of the raw wheat to finished bread is used as an analogy for Sufi spiritual development.
Sufi ritual observances (dhikr) are concerned with remembrance of God through exaltation and praise. Singing, dancing, and drumming are commonly part of such rituals, as is sharing of food. For example, ashura is a dish that takes its name from the festival celebrated by all followers of Islam. During preparation of the ashura, Mevlevi Sufis stir the pot in a special way while pronouncing the name of God. Sharing the ashura then becomes a way of spreading remembrance of God in the form of bodily nourishment.
Food is served out of a massive pot called a "Deg" in the precincts of a Dargah (Sufi shrine), and is usually vegetarian. It is also actively distributed to the poor.

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A Langar Khana is the place in a Sufi Dergah where free food called Langar is distributed to all, and where food is prepared to be given to the poor.
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The Persian word langar was synonymous with a soup kitchen and resting place for travelers, or a Sufi residence. Ahmed Uzgani's largely mythical "History of ...
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For the Sufi practice, see Langar (Sufism). .... A History of the Sikh People by Dr. Gopal Singh, World Sikh University Press, Delhi ISBN 978-81-7023-139-4.
Celebrating Langars of Sikhs - Vikas Khanna
The langar of the Sufi saints were very common in the 12th and 13th centuries; and ... Special Thanks to the South Asian Association at the Harvard University.
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Jan 28, 2010 ... A look at the practise of Contemporary Sufism in Pakistan. .... who did his PhD at the University of Oslo in 1970s on the Langar System at the ...
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Sufism and the 'Modern' in Islam
Sufism and the 'Modern' in Islam
Martin Van Bruinessen, Julia Day Howell, 2007
The group was as much a social club as a religious association. Yet the themes and events were typically Sufi: the stress on experience as well as formal knowledge, on %kr, du'a (supplicatory prayer), langar, 'urs and religious inclusiveness.
Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism: A History of ...
Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism: A History of ...
Lloyd Ridgeon, 2010
In truth, the individuals of this group were the descendants of the jawAnmardAn who were tradesmen and frequenters of the langar (jawAnmardAn-i pCshawar wa langar-nishCn), and their way of life also took a Sufi colouring. To explain this in ...
Embodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality and the Performance ...
Embodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality and the Performance ...
Helene Basu, Pnina Werbner, 2002
This book illuminates the remarkable resilience of South Asian Sufi saints and their cults in the face of radical economic and political dislocations and breaks new ground in current research.
Indian Sufism Since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books ...
Indian Sufism Since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books ...
Nile Green, 2013
During the mid-1970s, these included the repair of the feasting hall (langar/ ehana), the mosque roof and several more ... sought to find a place for elements of traditional Sufi devotionalism within a wider movement towards religious reform.
Sufism in the West
Sufism in the West
Jamal Malik, John Russell Hinnells, 2006
Werbner, P. (1998) 'Langar: Pilgrimage, Sacred Exchange, Perpetual Sacrifice in a Sufi Saint's Lodge', in Werbner, P. and Basu, H. (eds) Embodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults, London: ...
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Langar (Sufism)
Waiting for my Sufi meals . | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
The Langar Khana (Sufi Kitchen) where Langar (sufi meal) is cooked every day since the time of Hazrat Shah Sabir Piya Kaliyari and distributed among the people absoultly free of any charges . SubhanAllah .
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Lahore’s fame has spread deep into the climes of Central Asia. Its old fortified city, the banks of a river Ravi and the motley collection of artisans, masons, artists, poets and musicians are all too well known. I reconnect you with the Data Darbar or the royal pavilion of the great saint of Lahore. Standing near the tomb is a fabulous experience, for it brings together the innate diversity of our cultures and faiths. Langar, the distribution of food, at the Sufi Khanqah is a centuries-old tradition. It allows devotees to eat together, feed the hungry and attend to an exhausted traveler and is a means of redistributing wealth. Data Darbar is also an important location, for it feeds thousands of people every day through the complex networks of langar, its financiers, distributors and organisers. “Sufism is the heart’s being, pure from the pollution of discord.” ~ Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh
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Sufi and Sikh | SikhNet
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The Birthday Celebration of Hazrat Sufi Inayat Khan @ Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Sufi News and Sufism World Report: Shah Jewna — Spiritual Generations
By Chaudhry Ghulam Raza - Daily Times - Lahore, PakistanWednesday, May 9, 2007 Every year on 10th of May, people from all over the country throng a place in Jhang known as Shah Jewna to witness “Rasm-e-Chiragh” a pure spiritual ceremony in which the descendants of Shah Jewna family hoist a burning oil-lamp in the presence of a huge crowd. The annual celebrations at shrine of Pir Shah Jewna are held to commemorate the services rendered by great Sufi to the mankind.
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sikhchic.com | The Art and Culture of the Diaspora | Langar Today: The Great Betrayal
Like all else in India, the idea of langar is being corrupted.
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FREE Tkts to Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi Festival, 15-16 April 2011‏ | Uddari Weblog
Alchemy launch!! Invitation and FREE complimentary tkts to Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi festival inc Hans Raj Hans and Madan Gopal Singh - 15-16 April 2011‏ Today sees the Launch of the wonderful Alchemy Festival- a major celebration of S.Asian Arts at the World Famous SOUTH BANK CENTRE and there is an unparalleled feast on offer of music,dance…
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Langar | Ishtiaqahmed's Weblog
Langar, originally uploaded by !ShT!@Q. Lahore’s fame has spread deep into the climes of Central Asia. Its old fortified city, the banks of a river Ravi and the motley collection of artisans, masons, artists, poets and musicians are all too well known. I reconnected with the Data Darbar or the royal pavilion of the great…
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Hazrat Payam Uddin alias Baba Rishi Tang-Marg
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Rs20m to build Bedil Bekus auditorium and library – The Express Tribune
Federa­l Minist­er for Labour announ­ces grant at the 142nd urs celebr­ations of Fakir Qadir Bux Bedil Bekus in Rohri.
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