Being born in a Sikh/punjabi environment and being acquainted with Baba Farid, Baba Shah Hussien, Baba Bulleh Shah and other sufis I had this idea in my mind that in the Pakistani Punjab the islam would be much similar to these teaching of sufism which are somewhat similar to Sikhism (from a liberal kind of view). Concepts like role of Guru/Murshid, and remembrance of the Divine seem to be hardly different to ones found in sikhism. But recently I have had the chance to befriend some muslim friends from Pakistani Punjabi (about 3-4 of them) and I have made these observations: 1. These friends have very little knowledge of Sikhism. They have no idea about who Guru Nanak was or what latter Gurus preached or lived by. 2. They have not heard of words like Gurbani, Keertan, langar etc 3. They have no awareness of new age global spiritual movements or the new age teachers like J. Krishnamurti, or even modern ones like Echart Tolle or Thich Nhat Hanh. The modern day explosion of knowledge and understanding of general spirituality has not touched them. Zen, Tibetan or Vietnamese buddhism is unheard of. The nature of human mind which Gurbani talks about or which all the modern day spiritual teachers talks of, do not figure prominently in their talks about religion. 4. Their idea of religion is that of a Governor God whose laws have been delivered by the prophet. The idea of an omnipresent God who can be experienced here in this life is not mentioned by them. 6. Benefits of meditation of various kind and their role in mental health, control of mind and development of some spiritual consciousness (I do not mean attainment of God or anything, just the simple things) are not mentioned by them. I consider myself as a very open minded person and I did not expect myself to be shocked like this but I am, honestly speaking. For me religion is about walking the path of developing a higher mind which ultimately 'experiences' whatever is being promised by the chosen religion. In my case it is about 'realisation' of the Omnipresent Creator, the Akal Purakh Waheguru. Whereas their is of living according to laws and rules and regulation and being rewarded for it in heavenly after life. At least in two instances two separate people have cited superiority of Islam because of the fact that Islam provides right of divorce to a woman and the fact that marriage is a contract (the word contract was specifically used). I feel that they believe and expect religion to be mainly a set of rules and regulations to live by. The spiritual practices, sadhna, cultivation of love for God and His Creation does not figure anywhere prominently. In past few days these differences seem to disturb me a lot more than usual. I have lost my comfort level with them, at least in the area of religious talks. Has anyone else experienced this in his/her circle of friends? Note- All that I have said is based upon my personal interaction with just a few muslim friends. They may or may not represent the majority. I should also mention here that these people are my friends and they are good people. These thought expressed here are just about the differences in ideas about religion and spirituality.