Thursday, June 01, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: Zikr in Pankisi Valley - Chechen enclave in northern Georgia. By Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

Zikr in Pankisi

Sufi of Pankisi Valley. The women gather to sing, praise Allah and pray for peace. Their message is expressed in an explicit way by their charismatic leader and organizer, Badi : Make love not war.

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This is another face of islam in Caucasus, you dont see it too often , not so much as terrorist accusation by Russian regime, self fullfilling prophecy. Angry young men, their culture ridiculed, their freedom taken away, turn to fundametalism. Wahhabism is getting sponsored by Gulf countries, by Saudis, but these women, those religious communities refuse to believe wahhabist propaganda that their old traditions of Sufism are heresy. They preach peace.

Chechen sufi zikr from Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak on Vimeo.

Zikr in Pankisi Valley - Chechen ladies from Pankisi Valley performing Sufi zikr ritual , singing message of love to God and other people, and asking for peace in Caucasus.

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