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Aaron Huey is a resident National Geographic photographer known for documenting issues within his photographs, a photojournalist if you will.
SUFISM, or Islamic Mysticism, is a school of Islam that transcends the division of Sunni and Shiite offering a message of Peace and Love through music (Qawwali), dance (the dervishes in their many forms), and poetry (Hafiz, Rumi, and countless others). These images were taken during a one month trip through the Sufi shrines of Pakistan. I hope that these photographs can help to balance out all the images of burning effigies, violent anti-american protests, IED attacks, and suicide bombers, that consistantly appear on the covers of our newspapers. These images are a window into a world of music, dance, poetry, and above all LOVE in Islam, something we never see in the western press.
Khalil and his pigeons in Murat Kahne, old city Kabul, overlooking the Abu Faisal mosque/shrine minaret.
Muharram festival in the Japaria Mosque in Chindawal, Kabul. Muharram/Ashurah in Kabul. The Shia Muslims celebrate Muharram to commemorate the Battle of Karbala and consider this a month of sadness and mourning. The commemoration reaches its climax on the tenth day of Muharram, known as Ashurah. This is the day Husayn ibn Ali, the grand son of the prophet Muhammad was martyred along with his family members and friends in the Battle of Karbala. Many Shia whip themselves with chains and often knives on chains in the days before Ashurah.
Heroin users shoot up in the ruins of the old city of Kabul. UNODC estimates 92% of the world’s heroin coming out of Afghanistan. Despite denials from the Health Ministry that Afghanistan has an AIDS problem (the real figures are unknown, but the “official numbers are dozens instead of the likely thousands. Intravenous drug use in Afghanistan among heroin users is spreading AIDS.
The grave of Sgt. David Mitts, age 24, killed on Dec 4 in Mosul, Iraq.
Mourners at the grave of Benazir Bhutto in the week following her death. She is buried beside her father in the family mausoleum near Naudero in the interior of the Sindh province.
A whirling dervish at the Urs of Qalendar Shabaz at Sewan Sharif. In this time of escalating violence and extremism there exists a group of Muslims that never makes the front page. They are both Sunni and Shiite. They are the Sufis, the followers of Mystic Islam. They are Muslims who dance, sing, and write poetry, they are Muslims who look to peace, love, and tolerance above all else. Some sources estimate the number of Sufis as 20% of the Muslim population worldwide. In Pakistan, and in many other countries, Sufism is a voice of peace and moderation in a time of violent extremism.
Sundance and preparation at Rick Grey Grass’ sundance.
Horseback riders on the Crazy Horse ride travel from Chadron Nebraska to The Crazy Horse camp at Beaver Wall.
The family of Oleg Samsiani in the village of Yeli, Svanetia, Georgia.