Who are Shia Malang?
The Term Malang can have many meanings, and is a diffuse term encompassing various beliefs and practices.
You can have Malang who are Sunni, Sufi, Christian, Hindu or any religion or ideology which embraces Gnosis and esoteric knowledge.
Shia Malang are a more specific form of this movement and ideology comprising of a non-political heterodoxical Shia group of people who share common values and beliefs.
The Shia Malang community in the main hails from Pakistan and India, but adherents of this ideology can also be found in throughout the world.
A Shia Malang is recognised by behaviour and beliefs, and the ideology itself encompasses a broad church of varying expressions of faith which are impacted by the level of gnosis and esoterical knowledge an individual attains.
It is extremely important to remember that Shia Malang are adherents of the Shia faith and believe in and practice in accordance to the Shia creed.
The additional aspects of esoteric gnosis is an expansion of the basic understandings of the attributes of the Aimma (as) and Allah (swt) through speaking the truth, selflessness, devotion to the Aimma (as) and Allah (swt), and a life style which promotes humanity and empathy with others.
Although the exact classification of Malang’ism is rather fluid, due to this mainly being a heterodoxy rather than an orthodoxy, but to be a Shia Malang certain criteria are necessary.
Below are the 5 main principles which determine the embodiment of Shia Malang’ism.
- Selfless & sincere adherence & devotion to the progeny of the Prophet (saww) and the 12 Imams (as) also known as the Aimma (as) and this is known as mu’adat.
- Disassociation from both the Aimma (as)’s apparent and hidden enemies known as tabaara [bara’at].
- Promotion and recounting of the Virtues and Attributes (fazael) of the Aimma (as) known as Tawalla.
- Promotion and participation in Azadari for the Aimma (as) whatever form it takes.
- Adopting as far as possible a lifestyle based on the teachings of Syed Faqirs. Thus living a simple lifestyle and spending for the sake of Mola (as) by not hoarding wealth, but spending it on those less fortunate and on azadari.