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J&K: Voice For Peace & Justice Revives the Spirit of Sufism

In a bid to revive the Sufism in Kashmir, the Voice for Peace and Justice organized one day conference on Sufism at Baba-Reshi Tangmarg. The aim of the conference was to make people aware of Sufism, the backbone of Islam which teaches people to spread peace and love. During the conference, a number of Sufiyana music segments were performed by the Kashmiri singers of the valley which attracted a good audience including writers, poets, authors and other intellectuals.

The conference was attended by the centuries of people who came all along the way from the whole Kashmir valley to take part in the conference.

Sheikh Minhaj, General Secretary of Voice for Peace and Justice, in his address welcomed the participants and said Sufism is the only way forward for peace in Kashmir. The Sufi Saints traveled miles to promote peace and brotherhood in Kashmir, while some elements are leaving no stone unturned to spread extremism over the Sufism. He emphasized the role of Sufis in Kashmir and said people should follow Sufism so that ever-lasting peace can be imposed in Kashmir.

While as Farooq Ganderbali, a renowned social activist and president of Voice for Peace and Justice, in his speech said, “Radical forces tried hard to suppress the voice of the majority of the people of Kashmir, targeted shrines and literature to ruin the fabrics of Sufism in Kashmir, but in the present scenario the Sufism is an only option to live peacefully and in the eco-friendly atmosphere with the people irrespective of religion, creed, and caste.

Dr. Sajid Hussain, while comparing the current situation said that Sufism paves strength to the communal harmony in Kashmir, and in the current scenario, Sufism can be the only option to eradicate the sense of radicalization in the valley. He further praised the Sufi Saints for their sacrifices and efforts in the promotion of peace, brotherhood and love in the valley. He added

Imam Jamia of Baba Payamudin (RA) in his speech said that Sufism in Kashmir is just limited to the literature; we must work to implement the teachings of saints on the ground, and involve our younger generations in the revival of Sufism in Kashmir. He praised the efforts of the Voice for Peace and Justice for organizing such conferences.

The Editor in chief of the daily Asian Express daily English newspaper, Ajaz Kawoosi also spoke on the occasion and requested people to take part actively in the Sufi conferences and reap the reward.

Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Lone, Maulvi Mehraj Ud Din, Sufi poet, Haji Mohammad Maqbool, Abdul Salaam Sheikh, Imaam e Jamia Baba Reshi, Chairman civil society Kashmir Mohammad Altaf, President Ziyarat Sharif Baba Reshi were the other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion.

Mementos, certificates, shawls and certificates were awarded among the guests and speakers on the occasion.

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