Islamabad: Advisor to the Prime Minister for Education Sardar Aseef Ahmad Ali Wednesday said on Thursday that the institution of ‘Sufis and Khanqaahs’ in the sub-Continent has played a vital role in spreading Islam, influencing the policies of rulers and also the lives of the masses.
He said this while addressing the audience on the occasion of the launching ceremony of Dr. Fatima Hussain’s Book “The War that wasn’t: The Sufis and The Sultan” held at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL).
He said that the book is an attempt at analysing various manifestations and functions of the Sufi and his Khanqaah in the sultanate period.
This book analyses the subtle nuances of the dynamics of Sufi power in the social politics of the Delhi Sultanate and how this power affected the relations between the Sufi and the Sultanate, the two most powerful institutions in medieval India, he added.
He said that the author’s objective in the book has been to examine the broad bases of Sufi history in the Sultanate period to obtain sufficient evidence to suggest the need for a new approach and this book shows that the author has succeeded in attaining her objectives.
Sardar Aseff Ahmed said Sufism is very close to his heart as it best projects the true image of Islam.
“We can defeat terrorism by following Sufism as it will help people to understand real teachings of Islam”, he added.
The Advisor said war against terrorism is being imposed on the country but the government is determined to win it.
The other participants, who spoke on the occasion were Vice Challenger of Allama Iqbal Open University Dr. Mehmood ul Hasan Butt, Dr. Tariq Rehman and Prof. Khawaja Masood.
They highlighted different aspects of the book and said by following Sufism people can understand the real teaching of Islam.
The Chairman Pakistan Academy of Later (PAL) Fakhar Zaman said that PAL is planning to arrange International Conference of Sufism from March 14 to 19.
About 80 delegates from 40 countries are likely to participate in the conference and PAL would translate Sufi poets books in 8 different languages.
The translated books would be given to all the participants as it will help to project true image of Islam.
[Picture: Babur Receives a Courtier, 1589, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Photo: Wiki, Delhi Sultanate.]