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Eid 2013:British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Muslim Community and met Allama Qamaruzzaman Khan

10 Aug

Manchester:

The Prime Minister David Cameron along with Faiths Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi met Hazrat Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi ,a prominent Sunni Sufi leader,during a historic visit to North Manchester Jamia Mosque. Hazrat Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi discussed the current issues and challenges facing the world including, the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, Syrian crisis as well as the safety and security of Mosques and Muslim communities in the UK.

David Cameron spent two hours with the mosque community during his visit and stated his support for the Big Iftar programme, which has seen scores of mosques up and down the country open up their doors to Muslims and non-Muslims to demystify the faith of Islam and connect to communities. After a tour of the mosque he helped them prepare for their own Big Iftar by chopping onions and making samosas, providing his own cooking tips along the way. The Prime Minister was impressed by the vibrancy of the mosque, which is set for redevelopment to cater for an ever-growing community.

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Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi said: “I thank the Prime Minister for taking time out from his busy schedule to come and meet with the British Muslim community in Manchester”.“During his landmark visit he championed the contributions that British Muslims are making in all walks of life and listened to some of the real concerns that the community are facing”, he said.

Following this meeting the Prime Minister and Faiths Minister Baroness Warsi took a tour of the Mosque which caters for 2,000 people through daily worship, after-school clubs, youth projects and support groups and had a frank and open discussion with a mixed group of young and old people where Mr Cameron heard the concerns of Muslims about attacks on their community following the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.He restated the commitment of the UK government to tackling anti-Muslim hatred and condemned the recent Islamophobic attacks in the strongest possible terms, saying the UK needed to be intolerant of intolerance. His government has set up a cross government working group on anti-Muslim hatred and fund an organisation, Tell MAMA, which records attacks and supports victims.

Faiths Minister Baroness Warsi said: “It was brilliant to accompany the Prime Minister to the Jamia Mosque and help them prepare for their Big Iftar that evening.

 David Cameron ,British P.M with Allama Qamaruzzaman Khan Azmi

“Jamia Mosque is a fantastic example of a model Mosque that reaches out to its community, providing vital services to the local Muslim population. “The Prime Minister was given a fantastic opportunity to see this vibrant Mosque in action.He also spoke at length to the Mosque members about their concerns over the recent anti-Muslim attacks and was able to reassure them of this government’s unwavering commitment to tackle and stamp out this unacceptable form of hatred”, she said.

In wishing Muslims in the UK and around the world Eid Mubarak the Prime Minister

said: “I send my warmest wishes to Muslims in the UK and overseas as they celebrate the festival of Eid-al-Fitr. After a month of longer summer days fasting, praying and putting aside many of the things that we can take for granted, Muslims will come together with friends and family to celebrate this joyous occasion. I wish you all Eid Mubarak”

David Cameron with Muslim community in Manchestar in 2013

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सीरिया में हज़रत जैनब और हज़रत खालिद बिन वलीद की मज़ार पर हमले से मुसलमान बेचैन और गुस्से में

26 Jul

अमरोहा ! 26th July 2013

आल इण्डिया जमात रज़ा ऐ मुस्तफा अमरोहा ने सीरिया में नवासी ऐ रसूल हज़रत जैनब और  पैगम्बर हज़रत मुहम्मद साहब के साथी सहाबी हज़रत खालिद बिन वलीद की मज़ार पर आतंकवादियों के द्वारा किये गए हमले की कड़ी भर्त्सना की है !

मीटिंग को संबोधित करते हुए जमात के उपाध्यक्ष डाक्टर अनीस आलम तुर्की ने कहा की पूरी दुनिया भर में आज  अमेरिका की साजिश  पर मुस्लिम राष्ट्रों को तबाह और बर्बाद किया जा रहा है और उसमे खासतौर पर इस्लामी निशानिओं अहले बैयत, सहाबा की मजारो ,सूफी संतो वालिओं के अस्तानो को खासतौर पर निशाना बनाया जा रहा है यह काम अकेले अमेरिका नहीं कर रहा है बल्कि उसने सलफी वहाबी विचारधारा वाले फसादियों की एक फ़ौज तय्यार कर रखी है! यह सलफी आतंकवादी दुनिये भर में मुसलमानों के खून की होली अमेरिका के साथ मिलकर खेल रहे हैं और जहाँ भी जा रहे हैं वहां इस्लामी निशानिओं को खत्म बर्बाद कर रहे हैं !

इसी कड़ी में सीरिया में सुन्नी बनकर उतरे यह फसादी दरअसल वहाबी सलफी है जो न सुन्निओं को छोड़ रहे हैं न शियाओं को और नवासी ऐ रसूल हज़रत जैनब और  पैगम्बर हज़रत मुहम्मद साहब के साथी सहाबी हज़रत खालिद बिन वलीद की मज़ार पर यह ताज़ा हमला इसी साजिश का नतीजा है की मुसलमानो के इतिहास को ही पूरी दुनिया से मिटा दो मगर उनकी यह साजिश कामयाब नहीं हो पायेगी क्यूंकि दुनिया का मुसलमान इस साजिश ने कहा को खूब समझ रहा है !

शहर के सुप्रसिद्ध वकील एडवोकेट शमीम अहमद तुर्क ने कहा की इस घटना की जितनी भी भर्तसना की जाये कम है जो नवासी ऐ रसूल और सहाबी की दरगाह को नहीं छोड़ रहे वोह कैसे मुसलमान हो सकते हैं इन तथाकथित मुसलमानों ने इस्लाम को पूरी दुनिया में बदनाम किया है और इनको पहचानना होगा और इनका इनकी विचरधारा का पूरी तरह बॉयकाट करना होगा!   डाक्टर मुकर्रब हुसैन ने कहा की आलम –ऐ- इस्लाम में आज जो भी अशांति है है वोह सब इसी फसाद की देन है हम सब को इस फसाद को समझना होगा इस फसाद के खिलाफ एक आवाज़ बनकर खड़े होना होगा !

युवा नेता सभासद मुहम्मद यासिर अंसारी ने हमले की मज्ज्मत करते हुए कहा की मुसलमान इन हरकतों को कतई बर्दाश्त नहीं करेंगे और सऊदी अरब को सीरिया के आतंकवादियों का समर्थन करना छोडना होगा !

इस मौके पर मुहम्मद यासिर अंसारी, दानिश वारसी ,फरदीन कादरी,हाफिज मुहम्मद नईम,हाफिज असगर ,याहया खान ,जुनैद काज़मी,हाफिज यामीन समेत जमात रज़ा के पदाधिकारी उपस्थित थे !

Ramazan 1434: An evening at great Sufi Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia’s dargah

25 Jul

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Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya R.A (1238 – 3 April 1325) (Urdu: حضرت شیخ خواجہ سیّد محمد نظام الدّین اولیاء‎), also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India.[1] His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chisti order, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.

Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness. It is claimed by the 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani that his influence on the Muslims of Delhi was such that a paradigm shift was effected in their outlook towards worldly matters. People began to be inclined towards mysticism and prayers and remaining aloof from the world.

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Nominations now open for the Tenth Annual Brass Crescent Awards 2013

18 Jul

The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.
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What are the Brass Crescent Awards? Created in 2004 by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awards are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir to the traditions of philosophy and learning that was once the hallmark of Islamic civilization – a heritage scarcely recognizable today in the Islamic world after a century’s ravages of colonialism, tyrants, and religious fundamentalism. We believe that Islam transcends history, and we are forging history anew for tomorrow’s Islam. These awards are a means to honor ourselves and celebrate our nascent community, and promote its growth.

BRASS CRESCENT AWARDS DETAILS:
Use the form below to nominate your favorite websites
Nominations open until Eid ul-Fitr, around Thursday, August 8, 2013
Polls open Sunday, September 15 to Sunday, October 13, 2013
Winners announced on Eid al-Adha, around Monday, October 14, 2013

 

The Awards will take place in two phases. First is the nominations phase, where readers nominate their favorite blogs in each of several categories. All submitted nominations will then be narrowed down to a maximum of five nominees per category, as selected by our judges. We will then have the final voting roundon this site.Note: With the exceptions noted on this site, any blog is eligible for any category, including blogs authored by people of other faiths. In defining the Islamsphere, we are not relying solely on adherence to the faith, but an affinity for parts of the diverse cultural fabric that Islam embraces and is embraced by worldwide.Nominate Now

AL-GHAZALI AS AN ISLAMIC REFORMER

17 Jul

An Evaluative Study of the Attempts of the Imam Abu H?amid
al-Ghazali at Islamic Reform

Notwithstanding the enduring and rich “legacy of is?lah? (Islamic reform),” the study of
it is relatively scarce and remarkably limited to the modern times. The present study attempts to shed some light on this legacy by evaluating the contribution of an
outstanding pre-modern Muslim scholar, al-Ghazali. Surprisingly, some studies create
an absolutely positive picture of him, while others portray him in an extremely negative light. Thus, this study raises the question of whether it is justifiable to classify him as a mus?lih? (Islamic reformer).

In light of the analysis of the concept “is?lah?” and the complexity of al-Ghazali’s time, the study demonstrates his lifeexperience and erifies that he devoted himself to general is?lah?at a late period of his life, after succeeding in his self-is?lah?. Further, the study assesses his is?lah?i teachings in general, namely those formulated in the Ih?ya’, and evaluates the claimed effects of his attempts at is?lah?. The study also highlights a number of strengths and weaknesses of al-Ghazali’s efforts and critically discusses some of the criticism directed at him.

By weighing up the points for and against al-Ghazali, this study concludes by
asserting that classifying him as a muslih? appears to be fairly justified.

http://www.yanabi.com/uploads/84fd6779b889423c29487ef7000043f8.pdf

http://www.ghazali.org/

Sunni Dawat-e-Islami’s Ijtema at Mumbai 2011

21 Oct

Mumbai/New Delhi 21 oct 2011

21st Annual International Sunni Ijtema – Mumbai

 

The 21st Annual International Sunni Ijtema (Three Day Congregation) of Sunni Dawate Islami is going to be held at ‘Wadie Noor’ – Azad Maidan, Fort, CST, Mumbai from 21st Oct – 23rd Oct 2011.

 

21st Oct Friday 3pm to 9pm: Female Congregation

Sunni Dawate Islami is the only Islamic Organization around the world which takes the pride for holding the biggest Congregation of women every year in Azad Maidan. More than 100000 women attend this Ijtema to listen the lectures from World Renowned Islamic Scholars. They acquire Islamic knowledge; understand their responsibilities as a Muslim woman, prepare themselves in accordance to the Islamic teachings for the creation of a moral society.

 

22nd Oct Saturday – 10am to 23rd Oct Sunday – 10pm: Male Congregation

More than 200000 men are expected to attend this event. It includes both common men and Scholars from across the globe. They acquire knowledge of Islamic ideology, prayer methodology, Islamic principles to be followed from world renowned Islamic Scholars and Preachers.

Various activities and interactive session are held apart from Religious discourses by various Islamic Scholars from both India and Abroad. Open Question-Answer session is one of the important session of Ijtema along with practical demonstration of how to perform Namaz and Hajj.

 

Important topics and events of the Ijtema

 

Friday 21st Oct

Ø  Status of Women in Islam

Ø  Role and Responsibilities of Women

Ø  Empowerment of Women

Ø  Etiquettes of communication and its impact

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Ø  Mass Prayer in the end

Saturday 22nd Oct

Ø  Islamic concept of Human Rights

Ø  Prophet’s concerns for Humanity

Ø  Roles and Responsibilities of Muslim Youth

Ø  The Chivalry of Youth

Ø  Cause of Global Poverty and Hunger

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Sunday 23rd Oct

Ø  Path of Success for Muslims

Ø  Islamic Solution for achieving balance in a troubled world

Ø  Islamic Solution for Eradication of Global Poverty and Hunger

Ø  The Hajj-Its Spiritual And Social Significance and its Practical Demonstration

Ø  Islamic Graduate Convocation Ceremony

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Ø  Mass Prayer in the end


World Renowned Islamic Scholars to attend

 

Ø  Allama Qamruzzaman Khan Azmi (Secretary General – World Islamic Mission – UK)

Ø  Allama Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi (Founder Darul Qalam – New Delhi)

Ø  Allama Mohammed Ahmed Misbahi (Islamic University Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP )

Ø  Mufti Nizamuddin Misbahi (Chief Mufti – Islamic University Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP)

Ø  Mufti Naseem Ashraf (South Africa)

Ø  Sayed Moin Ashraf (Community and Spiritual Leader – Mumbai)

Ø  Allama Abdul Mubeen Nomani (Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP)

Ø  Maulana Muzahid Husain Habibi (Kolkatta)

Ø  Mufti Faiyaz Sahab (Rajasthan)

Ø  Mufti Abdul Qadir Amzadi (Rajasthan)

Ø  Mufti Zubair Ahmed Misbahi (Hadith Scholar – Al-Jamiaitul Gausiya – Mumbai)

Ø  Maulana Shamsuddin (Rajashtan)

Ø  Maulana Salman Nazmi Azhari (Karnataka)

Ø  Maulana Irshad Nazmi Azhari (Karnataka)

And many other scholars are participating in this Ijtema.

One of the main attractions of this Ijtema is the mass prayer in the end for peace and prosperity of whole humanity. The Ijtema sends the message of Peace and Communal Harmony and vows to instill greater Humanitarian Values in the people.

 

 

About Sunni Dawat e Islami:

 

Sunni Dawate Islami is an International Non-political Religious Organization founded in 1991 under the leadership of Maulana Mohammed Shakir Ali Noorie. The primary objective of this organization is to revive the true love of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) and to implement the teachings of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in the life of the Muslims along with the task to spread the message of Islam across the globe.

 

It’s already prominent in countries like India, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.  Its International centre is at Ismail Habib Masjid, 126, Kambekar Street, Mumbai 400003. For more information please visit www.sunnidawateislami.net.

Yaum-e-Raza Mubarak ho

9 Sep

Today on 09 sep 2011 Muslims are Celebrating Raza Day in the Memory of their beloved Imam Ahme d Raza Khan

Posted Yesterday, 09:55 PM

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Alhamdulillah the 10th of Shawwal marks the day we were blessed by the Birth of Sayyidi Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan [may Allah be pleased with him]

To mark this auspicious occasion, articles, speeches and more have been compiled about the Imam –

Information About the Imam – All English:
[PDF] Biography of Ala Hazrat – consisting of 141 pages, A comprehensive Biography of the Great Imam in English, by Mawlana Afthab Cassim Noori [Durban, SA]
[PDF] Charges Levelled against Imam Ahmed Raza – An answer to some baseless accusations by the enemies of the Great Imam
[Article] Qualities of Imam Ahmed Raza’s poetic works – A short article about Hadaiq e Bakshish
[Article] Sanad of Ala Hazrat – The Sanad of Ala Hazrat, taken and translated from Fatawa e Ridwiyyah
[Article] Love for the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam – An article about the immense love for the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam that Imam Ahmed Raza had
[Article] Mastery in Hadith – about Imam Ahmed Raza’s mastery in the field of Hadith

Speeches About the Imam:
[Urdu] Ala Hazrat Ki Khidmat – Speech by Huzur Taajush Shari’ah Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan
[Urdu] Ala Hazrat Ki Shaan – Speech by Huzur Taajush Shari’ah Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan
[Urdu] Imam Ahmed Raza – Part 1, Part 2 – Speech by Huzur Muhaddith e Kabeer Allamah Zia ul Mustafa Azmi
[Urdu] Ala Hazrat Ka Ilmi Maqaam wa Tehqeeq – Speech by Huzur Muhaddith e Kabeer Allamah Zia ul Mustafa Azmi
[Urdu] Fikr e Raza – Speech by Huzur Muhaddith e Kabeer Allamah Zia ul Mustafa Azmi
[Urdu] Urs e Ala Hazrat 2006 – Speech by Huzur Muhaddith e Kabeer Allamah Zia ul Mustafa Azmi
[Urdu] Barray Sagheer May Mujadid Alf e Sani Aur Imam Ahmed Raza Ka Kirdar – Speech by Allamah Syed Shah Turabul Haq Qadri
[Urdu] Shaan e Ala Hazrat – Speech by Allamah Mufti Faiz Ahmed Owaisi [alaihir rahmah]
[Urdu] Shaan e Ala Hazrat 2 – Speech by Allamah Mufti Faiz Ahmed Owaisi [alaihir rahmah]
[Urdu] Imam Ahmed Raza Conference – Speech by Syed Irfan Shah Mashahdi
[Urdu] Seerat e Ala Hazrat – Speech by Syed Ameen Miyan Barkati
[English] Imam Ahmed Raza – Speech by Mufti Zahid Hussain al-Qadri
[English] Urs e Ala Hazrat – Speech by Mufti Zahid Hussain al-Qadri
[English] AudioTranscript – Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi on Ala Hazrat
[English] Ala Hazrat – Speech by Mawlana Munawwar Ateeq
[English] Revival of Islam – Speech by Mawlana Munawwar Ateeq

Works of the Great Imam:
[PDF – Urdu] Fatawa e Ridwiyyah – The first 7 volumes of the famous collection of Fatawa written by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan
[Online – English] English Translation to Fatawa – Translations to a small selection of rulings by Imam Ahmed Raza
[PDF – English] Hussam al-Haramayn – The sword of two sanctuaries on the slaughter point of blasphemy and falsehood
Tamheed ul Imaan – Urdu [Online]English [PDF] – Definition of Imaan in the Light of Qur’an and Hadith
[Audio] Kalaam e Ala Hazrat – Listen to the beautiful poetry of Ala Hazrat recited by Owais Raza Qadri
[Online – English] Al-Malfuz Shareef – Excerpts from Al-Malfuz Shareef [anecdotes of Imam Ahmed Raza], translated by Mawlana Abd al-Hadi

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Ajmer Sharif Urs 2011 :Pilgrimage of peace | Sadia Dehlavi

9 Jun

Pilgrimage of peace | Deccan Chronicle.

Initiated in the Chishti Sufi order, I find Ajmer to be the kaabah of my heart. On the 6th of Rajab, June 9 (the seventh Islamic month), I look forward to participating in the 799th Urs festivities of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz. Along with hundreds of thousands of devotees, I queue for long hours to touch the threshold, usually getting my chance in the middle of the night.

Musicians come to seek the blessings of Khwaja because the beginnings of Sufi music assemblies are attributed to him. Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan attributed his success to Khwaja’s benevolence and so does A.R. Rahman. Innumerable qawwal groups of the subcontinent arrive at the dargah to sing praises of Khwaja: “Baruti mehfil shahana mubarak bashad, saqia badao paimana mubarak basahad, ilahi ta abd astana-e-yar rahe, yeh asra hai gharibon ka barqarar rahe…”

(Felicitation to thee for this blessed majestic assembly, O wine pourer, felicitations on your goblet of sacred wine. Oh God, may this threshold of the beloved exist for ever, may this refuge of the poor remain for ever…)

The Chishti Sufi order derives its name from Chisht, a small town near Herat, Afghanistan. Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shami of Damascus established the Sufi order in Chisht where many of his spiritual successors lie buried. He mentored Khwaja Usman who came from Herwan, a town in Iran. On initiating him as a disciple, Hajji Sharif Zindani placed a four-edged cap on Khwaja Usman’s head explaining, “First is the renunciation of the world, second the renunciation of the Hereafter. Third, renunciation of the self and lastly, the renunciation of all else other than God”.

Khwaja Usman lived in the company of his Master for 30 years and died in the holy city of Mecca. The Chishti order gained popularity through the teachings of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. An outstanding figure in the history of Islamic mysticism. Drawn to mystics from early childhood, the quest for knowledge took Khwaja to centres of learning in Samaqand and Bukhara. Khwaja was bestowed with the title of “Gharib Nawaz”, Patron of the poor, in Medina. It was there that he received a spiritual inspiration to settle down in the Indian town of Ajmer. Khwaja laid down the founding principles for the Chishti order: “Develop river-like generosity, sun-like bounty and earth-like hospitality”. Gharib Nawaz stressed renouncing wealth, encouraging self-discipline and prayer. He preached tolerance, advocating respect for all religions. Khwaja’s inclusive message of peace and brotherhood brought hundreds of thousands to the fold of Islam. The Chishti order produced great Sufi masters, including Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, Baba Farid, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Naseeruddin Chiragh Dilli and Alauddin Sabir of Kaliyar. The Nizami and Sabri orders are among the numerous branches of the Chishti order. The Ajmer dargah, considered the most sacred in South Asia, attracts pilgrims from different religious and economic backgrounds in the quest of the Sufi master’s blessings.

— Sadia Dehlvi is a Delhi-based writer and author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam. She can be contacted at sadiafeedback@gmail.com

Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz at Ajmer Sharif

7 Jun

Crowds throng Ajmer for Sufi saint’s Urs Ajmer,

June 3 (IANS)


Courted by emperors and commoners alike to have their wishes granted, Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti still draws pilgrims centuries after his death, with people of all faiths in Ajmer for his 799th Urs, or death ceremony, beginning Friday.
The saint’s tomb is the site of one of India’s largest fairs, drawing more than five lakh devotees belonging to different communities from all parts of the subcontinent for the Urs during the first six days of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar.

Followers of the saint, also known as Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (benefactor of the poor), have reached Ajmer, set amidst the sylvan surroundings of Anna Sagar Lake adjacent to Pushkar temple. The saint lived from 1141-1230 AD.

The celebrations have already been kickstarted by the hoisting of a white flag. The ritual is swiftly followed by opening the ‘jannati darwaza’ or gates of heaven. According to popular belief, one can ensure a place in heaven by crossing the gate seven times.

The saint’s resting place is sanctified by rose water and sandalwood paste and perfume is sprinkled on it. This is followed by shrouding the tomb with an exquisitely embroidered silken cloth. ‘Fatiha’ (funeral prayers) and ‘salamti’ (prayers) are read at the tomb.
Much awaited by connoisseurs of literature are the poetry sessions, where compositions dedicated to the Moinuddin Chishti are read out.

At night, ‘mehfils’ (religious assemblies) are held in the large mehfil-khana. Presided over by the sajjada-nashin of the dargah, they see qawwalis being sung in praise of the saint and the hall is packed to capacity. There are separate places reserved for women who attend the mehfil, which terminates late in the night with a mass prayer for the eternal peace of the khwaja in particular and mankind in general.

The shrine is a pillar of the philosophy of religious tolerance and cultural and social synthesis that has been the essence of India for centuries. The flowers laid on his grave come from the Hindu flower dealers of Pushkar while most of the chadars to be placed at the shrine too are made by non-Muslim artisans.

Credited with introducing the Chishti Sufi order in South Asia, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, according to legend, turned towards India after a dream in which Prophet Muhammad blessed him to do so. After a brief stay at Lahore, he reached Ajmer and settled down here. Soon he attracted a substantial following amongst the residents of the city, with his practice of “Sulh-e-Kul (peace to all)” concept to promote understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

For many years his abode was a place of pilgrimage for millions of people of all castes and creeds and crowds, both Hindu and Muslim, thronged to find spiritual solace.

It was during the reign of Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) that Ajmer emerged as one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in India. The Mughal emperor undertook an unceremonial journey on foot to Ajmer to wish for a son to be his successor.

The Akbarnamah chronicle records that the emperor’s interest was first sparked when he heard some minstrels singing songs about the virtues of the “wali” (god’s saint) who lay “asleep” in Ajmer.

According to the saint, religion is not merely based on rituals and ecclesiastical formalities but “service of humanity”.

Once asked about the highest devotion to god, the saint remarked that it was nothing but: “Dar mandgaan ra fariyad raseedan wa haajat-bichaargaan ra rawa kardan wa gursingaan ra sair gardaneedan” (To redress the misery of those in distress, to fulfil the needs of the helpless and to feed the hungry).”

Raza Academy conferred Mufti-e-Azam Award to Allama Qamaruzzaman Khan Azmi

6 Apr

3rd April 2011 Mumbai
WELL DONE: Islamic Scholar Allama Qamruzzaman Azmi (R) Gen Secretary of World Islamic Mission ,London is felicitated for his contribution to the community by the Raza Academy on Sunday.Azmi receives the award from Sunni cleric Maulana Syed Tahir Mian.Ref- Times of India, Mumbai Sunday

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