Mullah

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Mullah (Persian: ملا) is a Muslim man, educated in Islamic theology and sacred law. The title, given to some Islamic clergy, is derived from the Arabic word mawla, meaning both "vicar" and "guardian". In large parts of the Muslim world, particularly Iran, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, it is the name commonly given to local Islamic clerics or mosque leaders.

It is primarily understood in the Muslim world as a term of respect (a religiously educated man), though a fairly common usage on the internet includes abuse; grouping Mullah with terrorist, bigot, fanatic. This misunderstanding is mainly caused by the infamous Taliban leader Mohammed Omar.

Gurbani Quote relating to the word 'mullah'

He alone is a Mullah, who banishes evil

ਸਚ੝ ਕਮਾਵੈ ਸੋਈ ਕਾਜੀ ॥ ਜੋ ਦਿਲ੝ ਸੋਧੈ ਸੋਈ ਹਾਜੀ ॥ ਸੋ ਮ੝ਲਾ ਮਲਊਨ ਨਿਵਾਰੈ ਸੋ ਦਰਵੇਸ੝ ਜਿਸ੝ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਧਰਾ ॥੬॥
Sacẖ kamĝvai so▫ī kĝjī. Jo ḝil soḝẖai so▫ī hĝjī. So mulĝ mala▫ūn nivĝrai so ḝarves jis sifaṯ ḝẖarĝ. (6)
He alone is a Qazi, who practices the Truth. He alone is a Haji, a pilgrim to Mecca, who purifies his heart.

He alone is a Mullah, who banishes evil; he alone is a saintly dervish, who takes the Support of the Lord's Praise. (6)

You are a Mullah when you know the 'Naam'

ਤਾ ਤੂ ਮ੝ਲਾ ਤਾ ਤੂ ਕਾਜੀ ਜਾਣਹਿ ਨਾਮ੝ ਖ੝ਦਾਈ ॥ ਜੇ ਬਹ੝ਤੇਰਾ ਪੜਿਆ ਹੋਵਹਿ ਕੋ ਰਹੈ ਨ ਭਰੀਝ ਪਾਈ ॥੨॥

ਸੋਈ ਕਾਜੀ ਜਿਨਿ ਆਪ੝ ਤਜਿਆ ਇਕ੝ ਨਾਮ੝ ਕੀਆ ਆਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਹੈ ਭੀ ਹੋਸੀ ਜਾਇ ਨ ਜਾਸੀ ਸਚਾ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੋ ॥੩॥
ਪੰਜ ਵਖਤ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਗ੝ਜਾਰਹਿ ਪੜਹਿ ਕਤੇਬ ਕ੝ਰਾਣਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ੝ ਆਖੈ ਗੋਰ ਸਦੇਈ ਰਹਿਓ ਪੀਣਾ ਖਾਣਾ ॥੪॥੨੮॥

Ŧĝ ṯū mulĝ ṯĝ ṯū kĝjī jĝṇėh nĝm kẖuḝĝ▫ī. Je bahuṯerĝ paṛi▫ĝ hovėh ko rahai na bẖarī▫ai pĝ▫ī.(2)

So▫ī kĝjī jin ĝp ṯaji▫ĝ ik nĝm kī▫ĝ ĝḝẖĝro. Hai bẖī hosī jĝ▫e na jĝsī sacẖĝ sirjaṇhĝro. (3)
Panj vakẖaṯ nivĝj gujĝrėh paṛėh kaṯeb kurĝṇĝ. Nĝnak ĝkẖai gor saḝe▫ī rahi▫o pīṇĝ kẖĝṇĝ. (4)(28)

You are a Mullah, and you are a Qazi, only when you know the Naam.

You may be very educated, but no one can remain when the measure of life is full. (2)
He alone is a Qazi, who renounces selfishness and conceit, and makes the One Name his Support.
The True Creator Lord is, and shall always be. He was not born; He shall not die. (3)
You may chant your prayers five times each day; you may read the Bible and the Koran.
Says Nanak, the grave is calling you, and now your food and drink are finished. (4)(28)

O Mullah, utter the call to prayer

ਮਨ੝ ਕਰਿ ਮਕਾ ਕਿਬਲਾ ਕਰਿ ਦੇਹੀ ॥ ਬੋਲਨਹਾਰ੝ ਪਰਮ ਗ੝ਰ੝ ਝਹੀ ॥੧॥

ਕਹ੝ ਰੇ ਮ੝ਲਾਂ ਬਾਂਗ ਨਿਵਾਜ ॥ ਝਕ ਮਸੀਤਿ ਦਸੈ ਦਰਵਾਜ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਮਿਸਿਮਿਲਿ ਤਾਮਸ੝ ਭਰਮ੝ ਕਦੂਰੀ ॥ ਭਾਖਿ ਲੇ ਪੰਚੈ ਹੋਇ ਸਬੂਰੀ ॥੨॥
ਹਿੰਦੂ ਤ੝ਰਕ ਕਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ੝ ਝਕ ॥ ਕਹ ਕਰੈ ਮ੝ਲਾਂ ਕਹ ਕਰੈ ਸੇਖ ॥੩॥
ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਹਉ ਭਇਆ ਦਿਵਾਨਾ ॥ ਮ੝ਸਿ ਮ੝ਸਿ ਮਨੂਆ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਨਾ ॥੪॥੪॥

Man kar makĝ kiblĝ kar ḝehī. Bolanhĝr param gur ehī. (1)

Kaho re mulĝʼn bĝʼng nivĝj. Ėk masīṯ ḝasai ḝarvĝj. (1) rahĝ▫o.
Misimil ṯĝmas bẖaram kaḝūrī. Bẖĝkẖ le pancẖai ho▫e sabūrī. (2)
Hinḝū ṯurak kĝ sĝhib ek. Kah karai mulĝʼn kah karai sekẖ. (3)
Kahi Kabīr ha▫o bẖa▫i▫ĝ ḝivĝnĝ. Mus mus manū▫ĝ sahj samĝnĝ. (4)(4)

Let your mind be Mecca, and your body the temple of worship. Let the Supreme Guru be the One who speaks. (1)

O Mullah, utter the call to prayer. The one mosque has ten doors. (1)(Pause)
So slaughter your evil nature, doubt and cruelty; consume the five demons and you shall be blessed with contentment. (2)
Hindus and Muslims have the same One Lord and Master. What can the Mullah do, and what can the Shaykh do? (3)
Says Kabeer, I have gone insane. Slaughtering, slaughtering my mind, I have merged into the Celestial Lord. (4)(4)

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