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

10 Aug


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


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

44 killed in Sakhi Sarwar Shrine blasts

4 Apr

Dera Ghazi Khan—At least 44 persons died and over 100 injured as result of three bomb blasts at shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar (RA) on Sunday.

According to details a bomb exploded at the entrance of the shrine and later another explosion ripped through in a bazaar located behind the shrine. When police and rescue workers were engaged in rescue work third bomb blast ripped through inside the shrine.


पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री यूसुफ रजा गिलानी ने पंजाब प्रांत की एक सूफी दरगाह के बाहर रविवार को हुए आत्मघाती हमलों की कड़ी निंदा करते हुए जांच के आदेश दे दिए हैं। उधर, मृतकों की संख्या 42 तक पहुंच गई है तथा 100 से अधिक लोग घायल हुए हैं।

डेरा गाजी खान शहर के निकट एक सूफी दरगाह में तीन दिवसीय त्यौहार मनाने के लिए विभिन्न जगहों के सैकड़ों सूफी मुसलमान एकत्र हुए थे। यह सूफी दरगाह शहर से लगभग 40 किलोमीटर दूर पर्वत पर स्थित है।

पहला आत्मघाती हमला 5.40 बजे शाम को दरगाह के ठीक सामने किया गया था। दूसरा विस्फोट घटनास्थल के पास ही हुआ। समाचार एजेंसी सिन्हुआ के मुताबिक सूत्रों ने बताया कि तीसरा विस्फोट दरगाह के निकट उस जगह हुआ जहां लोग पहले और दूसरे विस्फोट में घायल हुए लोगों की मदद कर रहे थे।

उधर, जियो टीवी के मुताबिक इन हमलों में कम से कम 42 लोग मारे गए हैं और 100 से अधिक घायल हुए हैं। पुलिस ने इस मामले में दो संदिग्ध आतंकवादियों को गिरफ्तार किया है, जिनमें से एक ने आत्मघाती जैकेट पहन रखा था। दोनों को घटनास्थल से ही गिरफ्तार किया गया।

स्थानीय मीडिया की रपटों के मुताबिक पहले विस्फोट को अंजाम देने वाले आत्मघाती हमलावर की उम्र 17 से 22 के बीच थी। बचाव कार्य शुरू कर दिया गया है और घायलों को नजदीकी अस्पतालों में भर्ती कराया गया है।

उधर, प्रधानमंत्री गिलानी ने इस हमले की कड़ी निंदा करते हुए जांच के आदेश दे दिए हैं। मीडिया रपटों में कहा गया है कि इन हमलों की जिम्मेदारी तहरीक-ए-तालिबान पाकिस्तान (टीटीपी) ने ली है।

Rescue workers reported that 20 injured persons were in critical condition fearing that death tool would go up.

Doctors belonging to Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan resumed their duties to provide aid to injured people in the incident.

Urse of Sakhi Sarwar has been continuing for the past two months and thousands of devotees were present at the time of bomb blasts.

Newly elected MNA from DG Khan Sardar Awais Leghari alleged that the criminals were enjoying the backing of the government high ups, adding that the government was using the security agencies for personal purposes instead of using them for improving the security of the area.

Rescue sources quoted that police have cordoned off the area after the incident. The security of other shrines in the country was tightened after the blasts at Sakhi Sarwar Shrine.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Amir JI Syed Munawar Hassan, Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, JUI-F Amir Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PTI Chairman Imran Khan have strongly condemned the bomb blast at the Shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar.

Taliban spokesman Elsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility of his outfit for the lethal blasts at the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar (RA).

The Shrine of Sakhi Sarwar is located on a hill, the border of Punjab and Balochistan, some 40 km from the main DG Khan city and the inclined rout leading to the shrine is called “Pul-e-Sirat” straight bridge.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Ahmad Mubarak said that two suicide attackers were held by rescue officials and law enforcement agencies. The accused were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.

One of the apprehended attackers was identified as Fida Hussain of Dera Ismail Khan who lost his arm in the blast, the officer said.

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