Bandipora, July 30 (IANS): A regional Sufi conference was organized on Saturday at Baba Shukur Din RA at Watlab Sopore by Voice for Peace and Justice with the aim of emphasizing peace, communal harmony, brotherhood and tolerance.
The event brought together hundreds of people from different nooks and crannies of the valley.
During the conference, a number of segments of Sufiyana music were performed by the Kashmiri singers from the valley, which attracted a good audience including writers, poets, authors and other intellectuals.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Minhaj, Secretary General of Voice for Peace and Justice, said that extremist groups are trying to destroy the cultural traditions of Kashmir and that Sufism is the only way to restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood. The Voice for Peace and Justice is committed to helping Kashmir revive Sufism, he added.
While Bashir Ahmad, J&K Waqf Board Trustee for Baba Shukur ud Din RA Shrine, pointed out that Sufi saints travel enormous distances to unite people of all creeds, castes and religions, he also said that to restore the atmosphere in Kashmir, Sufism should be promoted and practiced.
He said, “Thanking Voice for Peace and Justice for their continued efforts to bring Sufism back to Jammu and Kashmir.”
In his speech, Haji Mohammad Abdullah Dar, a renowned social activist from Sopore, drew attention to the teachings of Baba Shukur Din RA and highlighted his contributions to the welfare of the people of Kashmir.
He went on to say that we must continue the legacy of Sufi saints because they left their comfort zones only to guide people to the right path.
Their contributions to world peace and religious harmony will be revered and remembered forever, he said. He also expressed his gratitude to the Voice for Peace and Justice for occasionally organizing such seminars.
The President of Voice for Peace and Justice, Farooq Ganderbali, a well-known social activist, said in his address that although the radical and divisive forces in Kashmir are free to call us traitors or whatever, it It is a bitter truth that religious extremism turns playgrounds into graveyards.
While prominent members of extremist groups are happily settled, the mothers of the poorer members, who have been used as cannon fodder for their own personal mileage, are still crying and waiting for their return.
To live in peace in Kashmir, it is imperative that Sufism returns. The Voice for Peace and Justice is determined to revive Kashmir’s Sufi culture, he added.
While refreshments were offered to participants, souvenirs were given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the resurgence of Sufism in Kashmir.
Ghulam Mohd, Molvi Mohd Youns Khan, Chairman Utthaan Mission Trust, Zeeshan Farooq Dar, Editor Daily Asian Express Ajaz Kawoosi, Poet Abdul Salam Kashmiri, Managing Director Dar Industries, Ghulam Nabi Dar, Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Youth Development Forum Shehreyar Dar , Mullahas, Sufi poets and various other renowned personalities were also present on the occasion.