THE ROLE OF KHANQAH IN THE REFORMATION OF MUSLIM SOCIETY
Khanqah is an inclusive institute of Shariah and Tariqah (a method for spiritual elevation and purification) which provides a platform for the beginners of Sulook. Residence, refectory and sanctuary are main parts of Khanqah which are closely connected to it. Food is served here to the public without discrimination. The facility of residence is also available here. Khanqah is also an educational institute for the thirst of religious knowledge which serves the public with the facility of free education. So, this educational institute is an orbit for divinity. Shrine is such a greatest source of morality where humanity receives the message of sacrifice, tolerance and brotherhood. Khanqah is an Islamic Movement which competes the rebellious waves of materialism with its mystic honor. So, shrine restored community’s disconnected relationship. History indicates that successors of these Khanqahs performed strong services in the promotion of Islam. When peace turned into war then these successors came out of their Khanqahs and served their services in the protection and defense of Islam. These successors did not allow the spiritual aspects of Islam to be defeated. The role of Khanqah is prominent in the construction of modern Muslim society. So, in this article, past and present role of Khanqah is tried to be defined.