Sama’ is not qawwali


Shaykh Dawud khalifa of Shaykh Mohammad Sadiq khalifa of Shah Nizamuddin (d.1035H) (may Allah have mercy on them) said,

“None of our pious predecessors (mashayikh) indulged in spiritual auditon (sama’ ) accompanied with instrumental music. They did not  even tolerate the clapping of hands in it.”

Iqtibas al-Anwar,  page 836. An ancient classic hagiography of Sufis of India. Originally in Persian tranlated into Urdu by Capt. Wahid Baksh ra.