Salman Ahmed Brings Sufi-Rock, Political Message to Harvard

Source: The Citizen

On December 12, 2005 The Citizen reported, “The pews of Memorial ChurchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... at Harvard experienced music quite different from the usual choir music [on] the night of November 29th, 2005. It was Salman Ahmed, the lead guitarist of South Asia’s biggest rock band Junoon, playing to a full-house of his fans and curious music lovers. Ahmed, a UN Goodwill Ambassador from Pakistan, conveyed a message of introspection, peace and multi-culturalism through his genre of Sufi-rock music.

Kathryn Lohre, Research Manager, Pluralism Project at Harvard said, ‘I thought that the sound resonated beautifully in the chapel… it was an unusual, and thus interesting setting for a rock concert. It helped me to consider God’s role in what we were doing.’ The concert was free to the public and raised $ 7,100 for the Edhi Foundation’s South Asian Earthquake Relief Funds… Ahmed lost an aunt and a cousin in the recent South Asian Earthquake and spoke about his recent visit to the Kashmir region in Pakistan.

‘[The] earthquake was a wakeup call for us. This piece of land has been treated like a rag doll between the two countries. We [India and Pakistan] have spent so much on weapons, if only 10% was spent on roads and development…’ he mused regretfully.”