Omar Waqar: A Rock & Roll Sufi Musician

Omar Waqar, a muslim Pakistani-American rock musician, merges the ancient form of sufi music, Qawalli, with his own kind of rock and roll. He is inspired by the teachings of Sufism, mystical Islam. He uses American pop culture and Pakistani culture to make something completely new. Some muslims proclaim that musical instruments are not lawful in Islam, but Sufis have always believed that music is important for the development of the human soul and that it can actually help the seeker on his/her spiritual path. Omar Waqar believes so as well and even though some of the music he makes may sound very heavy or even violent, his message is the opposite.  It’s interesting to find someone creating new music by merging two totally diverse cultures and beliefs.

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