Thursday, May 24, 2012
Iran participates in “National Seminar” on Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti (RA)
New Delhi: The Islamic Republic of Iran Saturday participated in the “National Seminar” held on the auspicious occasion of the 800th anniversary of globally famous Sufi Saint and Mystic Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti which kicked off in New Delhi.
Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Mahdavipour, representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader in India and Syed Mahdi Nabizadeh, Ambassador of Iran to India attended the day long seminar, organized by Universal Association for Spiritual Awareness (UASA), as “Chief Guests”.
Addressing the seminar, Mahdavipour threw light on this reality that Sufis and mystics who brought the message of peace of Islam on the territory of India with most of them belonging to Iran. These historical facts prove that India and Iran hold a place of golden history of cultural and social relations in the world which cannot be forgotten.
Describing Ghareeb Nawaz as a symbol of communal harmony, he said that teachings of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti will remain relevant for all times to come.
Towing the line of Mahdavipour, Mehdi Nabizadeh said: “India has always been the cradle of the free people and thinkers of many parts of the world and the Iranians like Hazeen Lahiji, Meer Syed Ali Hamadani, Qazi Noorullah Shustri and Moinuddin Chishti chose this country for their spiritual, moral and religious activities”.
He said that the fact is the sufis have played a valuable role in the progress of social norms of the people of this country from the point of culture and Persian language.
The Iranian official noted that it is a fact that Sufism is a historical heritage of Indian culture and it is the moral duty of every Indian to promote and preserve it.
"In India the followers of different religions co-exist in peace and harmony for centuries like a bouquet respecting the religious feelings of each others. This is being the historical heritage carried by Sufis and Saints which cannot be ignored," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource and Development and IT expressed his view in an emotional tone that Gharib Nawaz has been the sacred symbol of Indian secular culture. He still rules the hearts of the people even after passing 8 centuries since when he came to this territory as vicegerent of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) carrying the message of peace and humanity.
Without respecting the human values peace can’t be established. The humane and spiritual teachings of Gharib Nawaz under the light of Quran and Hadith guided the humanity to live in peace and brotherhood, he added.
Sibal also announced that on this auspicious occasion the government will soon release the posting stamp on Khwaja at the spiritual capital of India, Ajmer in Rajasthan State.