Jikir Songs are certain religion-based folk songs popular in the state of Assam
. The Jikir songs are in a sense an Islamic counterpart of Dehbicarar Geets. These songs were composed during the reign of Gadadhar Singha (1681-96) by a Muslim divine, Ajan Pir by name. The term Jikir literally means "spiritual chants". The central idea of the futility of life and man-made institutions is forms the content of all the Jikir compositions. Except a few words of Arabic and Persian origin interspersed in the texture of the songs, their diction, syntax and language are almost of a similar nature. Even the Vaishnava concept of Nama appears to be the spiritual inspiration of these Jikir songs to a certain extent;
`nama is the charioteer that goes with life.
I have read Him and Kalma too,
Everything slips, and slips by;
What is written in one`s destiny, There is no escape from it.`
Through most of these Jikirs, the idea of illusion, resignation to Allah and an overpowering desire to lose one`s identity with Him runs in the way of the doctrines of Sufism
. It must be noted here that Sufism and Vaishnavism
have many common features. Thus the Jikirs reflect the idea of Sufism.
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