Sufi visionaries to create lasting spiritual connections in the world

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

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In a historical gathering, almost all major national and international voices that represent various Sufi traditions came together in the World Sufi Forum (WSF) taking place in the national capital. The four-day event had over 200 participants from over 20 countries who willdiscuss ways to spread the pluralistic message of Sufism. WSF was organized by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), which is Indias apex body representing various dargahs in India.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf, founder-president of AIUMB, an influential Sufi leader in India, thanked the visiting dignitaries for their participation in addressing various issues faced by Muslim communities across the globe. He said,We are thankful to all the representatives present today for coming together this historical event. A United global Sufi alliance willpromote peace, humanity, love and spirituality both in India and abroad.

He added,Islam spread in India due to the teachings of Sufi masters who gave the message of universal love. Over the last few decades, Islamic theology has been distorted to spread violence and hatred amongst people. A key concern of the World Sufi Forum will be how to counter these extremist ideologies.

At World Sufi Forum, AIUMB gathered the brightest Sufi visionaries, intellectuals,academicians and social activistsfrom around the world to discuss the need and importance of promoting tolerance and peace. Some of the international speakers at the event include Professor David Peck, Dr. Alan Godlas and Kabir Helminski from USA, Damir Mukhetidnov from Russia, Dr Tahirul Qadri from Pakistan, Shaykh Hashimuddin al-Gaylaniand Shaykh Afeefuddin Al-Jailani from Iraq, Tolegen Mukhamejanov from Kazakasthan, Shaykh Mohammad Bin Yahya Al-kattani from Egypt, and Shaykh Mohammad Idrees Bouchibti from Morocco.

AIUMB is a not-for-profit institution based in India that aims to celebrate the wisdom and teachings of Sufi Orders and Spiritual Leaders. Grounded on the beautiful, profound and moderate spiritual theories, this institution is particularly focused on de-radicalisation. It believes in complete cessation of fanatic ideologies, extremist fringes, religio-fascist cults that engage in religious misinterpretations to justify violence and intolerance. With World Sufi Forum, AIUMB desires to gather the brightest Sufi visionaries from around the world and empower them to create lasting spiritual connections that will produce peace, love and tranquility in the world.

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