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]
By Fatima Raza ‘Pakistan Times‘ Special Correspondent
LAHORE: The three-day ‘Urs’ of the great Sufi saint, religious scholar and spiritualist of the 11th century Hazrat Ali bin Usman Hajveri (RA) – popularly known as Data Ganj Bukhsh (RA) concluded at midnight Thursday with prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
Hundreds of thousands of the faithful – who had arrived Lahore from all areas of Pakistan as well as from different parts of the world – also offered special prayers for the entire Muslim world as well as for emancipation of the Indian occupied part of the Himalayan State of Jammu & Kashmir and establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State – at the earliest.
The annual Urs ceremonies had commenced in the Punjab metropolis – Lahore on Tuesday.
It is generally thought that in his lifetime the great saint was called as Gang Bakhsh (RA) but afterwards he became too famous as Data Gang Bakhsh (RA).
Hazrat Ali Hajvery (RA) was a Persian Sufi and a scholar. The greatest saint for all times was born in Hajver, a town of Ghazni in Afghanistan in 1000 AD (400 H) and died in Lahore in 1063 or 1071 AD.
He voyaged physically to many countries, including Turkistan, Transoxania, Iran, Iraq, and Syria where he met innumerable Sufis and Sheikhs, many of those have been mentioned in his book ‘Kashf-ul-Mahjoob’. Continue reading