Spiritual Force: Bureau Report, “Call for promoting message of tolerance and love” – Pakistan Daily – Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (Thursday, June 12, 2008)
Lahore: Sufi saints spread Islam in the sub-continent through their teachings of tolerance and love and gave a message of equality and brotherhood besides promotions of religious tolerance and social forbearance.
Punjab Minister for Population Welfare, Ms Neelam Jabbar Chaudhry said this on the eve of Urs Bibi Pak Daman.
She said that besides achieving latest knowledge and advanced technology we should also promote the message of justice, affection and brotherhood of Sufi saints.
She said that due to spiritual force of Sufies, non-Muslim accepted the message of Islam in the subcontinent.
She said that the real Ulema have deep respect throughout the world and we should highlight idea of love, affection and accommodation of Islam for establishment of peace in the world.
She further said that Islam teaches us religious harmony and equality, therefore, we should make hectic efforts for the promotion of mutual love and brotherhood in the society.
[Picture from Bibi Pak Daman on Wikipedia]
The city of Lahore in Pakistan is known for its rich culture, Forts & Grand Mosques, its food and music are world famous, Also famous are the sufi saints who hailed from this city or came here to live and were burried here, among the more famous shrines of Lahore are Data Darbar the Shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajweri Syed Abul Hassan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Hajweri the famous Sufi saint of Persian origion, The shrine of Gamey Shah, The tomb of Baba Shah Jamal and Bibi Pak Daman.
Although I’m not very religious I decided to go visit Bibi Pak Daman as the legend behind this particular shrine was quite interesting. Bibi Pak Daman is famous for being the shrine of 6 Ladies from the household of the Prophet Mohammed, Including Ruqayah binte Ali the daughter of Hazrat Ali the forth caliph of Islam the othe five graves are said to be those of hazrat Muslim bin Aqeel’s sisters and daughters. Legend has it that these ladies were traveling alone after the events at karbala and when the reached Lahore the ruler at that time tried to arrest them because the were gaining a following and not wanting that, Bibi Pak Daman prayed to God and asked him to open the earth and take them in, when the soldiers came to arrest them the earth split into two and they went in only a little of the Dupatta (scarf) of Bibi Ruqayah remained and when the lead soldier tried to get hold of that it too slid into the soil, Thus the name Bibi Pak Daman meaning even the scarf of the lady was pure and thus could not be touched.
The Mazar is the end to a busy and colorfull street full of shops selling religious literature, multimedia and prayer beads among other things
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