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“To ward off the spell, they had contacted a "pir" - or faith healer - in the north-western city of Dera Ismail Khan, and were following his instructions, Mr Mehmood said.”
“Although a landed gentleman and a locally venerated "pir," or Sufi saint (an inherited mantle), Fahim is a totally secular, moderate, pragmatic social democrat as well as a mystic poet.”
“He must choose a "pir," or spiritual guide who may represent the Unseen”
“It saves us money when we can talk to everyone on the phone," says Banarsi, adding that her daily chats with her 'pir' and ageing parents brings her”
“The wisest of them got together and consulted a 'pir”
“The pir in the sky by and by bullshit will get any candidate defeeated.”
“The tales of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Muharram, Rass lilla, Monosha Mongol, Sri Krishna and Gazi pir usually being the subject matter of these folk paintings that narrate their stories frame by frame.”
“Baba Ram Dev, a popular folk deity of Rajput lineage in west Rajasthan is worshiped by both Hindus and Muslims who call him a pir, with a pundit and maulavi in attendance at the shrine in Ramdevra in Jodhpur.”
“As for the rest, be it the shrine of a pir or a typical teerth sthan, the gathering of crowds for journeys of piety and pilgrimages are almost synonymous with dirt, disorder and chaos instead of harmony, serenity and order.”
“Fahim in fact retains the Sufi title of pir, which he inherited from his father.”
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words originally derived from persian that have made it to english sometimes with several stops in intermediate languages
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