"The purpose of music, considered in relation to God, is to arouse longing for God, and passionate love for Him, and to produce states in which God reveals Himself and His favor, which are beyond description and known only by experience. These states are called ecstasy." Al-Ghazali, 10th Century Mystic.
"The gift to sing is God-given and does not distinguish between male and female. At the shrine, both men and women have equal access. They both have the right to sing and enjoy the experience of reading (spiritual) poetry." Abida Parveen.
"Born in 1954 in Larkana, Sindh[Pakistan], Abida Parveen was brought up in the environment of mysticism, and got basic education of music by her father Ghulam Haider and by Ustad Salamat Ali Khan from Lahore, but much of the credit of her grooming goes to her late husband Sheikh Ghulam Husain who was a music director of Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad. She also took training in Sufiana music from Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.
Abida Parveen-Sufiana Kalam