Indian Muslims Will Focus on peace and pluralism in World Sufi Forum

Muslim Scholars Brainstorm to Organize World Sufi Forum in the AIUMB Meeting held by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, Nagpur

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Word For Peace

The essential and inherent message of Islam is peace and security and it is guaranteed, not only for the Muslims but also for all other adherents of faith traditions, including even those who follow none. Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as mercy for all worlds. Therefore, it cannot be denied that there is zero tolerance for terrorism in Islam.

These opinions were expressed by Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi, president and founder of All India Ulama & Mashaikh board (AIUMB). He was addressing Muslim Scholars Sufi leaders and the Islamic clerics in an AIUMB Meeting held by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, in Nagpur.

Its an unfortunate phase of the time in the todays history that the terrorists are playing havoc across the world in the name of Islam, he said. Whether it is in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh elsewhere in the Muslim world, the extremist jihadists have certainly caused major distractions and irreparable loss of human life and dignity. Heinous crimes and completely ungodly acts are being perpetrated in the name of God, which go completely against the true spirit and basic tenets of Islam. One such core ethic of Islam is that taking the life of a single innocent is a crime against all humanity (Quran 5:32)”, Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi said.

Addressing this important meeting organized by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, Nagpur, the founder and president of the AIUMB, further Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi said that this meeting was held in preparation for the World Sufi Forum on 17-20 March, which will include an international seminar and a grand-level public conference in Ram Lila Maidan on March 20.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi furtherintimated that This InternationalSufiConference and theWorldSufiForumwill bring together IndianSufischolars, imams, Ulama, Mashaikh and intellectuals with nearly 40 Islamic scholars, Ulama andSufiMashaikh representing Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Turkey, Canada, Syria, Arabia, Africa, Australia, the United States of America, and the UK. SufiScholars from the prominent Islamic University, Al-Azhar Shareef, Oxford, Harvard, California and professors from the University of Cambridge and Canada will also be present. Thus, a mixed gathering of Ulama and scholars from the around theworldwill get tighter in an effort to discuss different aspects of the current situation and build a strong framework for the solutions.

Maulana Syed Kichhouchhwi added that the World Sufi Forum will pave the ways for the Indian Muslims to contribute in creating an environment of peace and pluralism in India

Maulana Syed Alamgir Ashraf (provincial president of Maharashtra AIUMB) said that All India Ulama and Mashaikh board is against terrorism of all forms. He added saying that the Board aspires to foster the universal Islamic values by spreading peace, brotherhood and unconditional love. Sufi Ulama at the board, he said, are striving to guide the life of Indian Muslims in the democratic structure of the country.

Speaking at the meeting, Haji Salim Ashrafi, Chairman the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia Chhattisgarh appreciated the dedicated efforts and activism of the Board in preaching the values of peace and pluralism and eradicating the vices of violence and social distress. He said that there is no place for intolerance in Sufism.

At the very outset of the event, there was a beautiful traditional recitation of the Holy Quran and it ended with the Salat-o-Salam (recitation of peace and blessings on the Prophet PBUH). Among those who attended this meet were:

Sufi M K Christi (Gujarat Minority Commission Chairman), Syed Muaz Ashraf, Grand Mufti of Mharashtra Mufti Abdul Qdeer Khan, Mr. Abdul Rasheed Qalandar, Maulana Nadeem Rizvi, the Siratun Nabi committee chairman Abdul Hasan Taji, Abdul Razzaq Taji, Mr. Faisal Rangun Wala, Mr. Firoz Sheikh, Mr. Kamil Ansari, Haji Sohail Patel, Hanif Patel Ashrafi. Besides them, many ulama, Mashaikh, Imams and intellectuals were also present in large numbers.

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