“Mir ke deen-o-mazhab ka poonchte kya ho
un nay to kashka khaincha dair mein baitha kab ka tark Islam kiya”
What can I tell you about Mir’s faith or belief ?
A tilak on his forehead in a temple he resides, having abandoned Islam long ago”
This iconic sher by poet Mir Taqi Mir gives us an insight into his ideas about faith. What Mir was practicing was probably the Malamati or “Blameworthy” aspect of the Sufi tradition. Using this technique, a person ascribes to oneself an unconventional aspect of a person or society, and then plays out its results, either in action or in verse.