ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said the teachings of sufi saints based on tolerance and love should be promoted to rid the society of extremism and sectarianism.
Addressing a conference to mark the 700th birth anniversary of sub-continent’s great sufi saint Shah Rukn-e-Alam, the President said seeking inspiration through sufism can bring harmony among the mankind.
The conference held at President House was jointly organized by Archaeological and Historical Association of Pakistan and Preston University and was attended by ambassadors, diplomats and scholars on sufism.
President Mamnoon said Shah Rukn-e-Alam not only based his teachings on spiritualism but also advanced the cause of education, which is exclusive with Suharwardia Silsila (succession) only.
He said the great Saint promoted the concept of a welfare society and added that his preachings are a beacon of light in this era of intolerance and narrow-mindedness.
The President mentioned that the world was bearing the brunt of conflicts between different countries in shape of wars and bloodshed.
He said promotion of sufism based on affinity and love can prove helpful in mitigating the sufferings of humanity.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said peace was becoming scarce in the world and stressed the need for promotion of sufism that encourages tolerant views for others.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasanat mentioned that the mesmerism of Shah Rukn-e-Alam’s teachings attracted the people of sub-continent to embrace Islam in large numbers.
Ambassador of Afghanistan, Janan Mosazai and Tajikistan’s ambassador SherAli S. Jononov read out on the occasion the messages of their Presidents on the anniversary of Shah Rukn-e-Alam that highlighted seeking inspiration from the great sufi to resolve the issues of humanity.
Cultural Consular at Iran’s embassy Shahabudin also highlighted the contribution of great sufi saint and stressed inculcation of his teachings in youth.
Chairman Archaeological and Historical Association of Pakistan, Dr Ghazanfar Mehdi announced to set up the country’s first Sufi Institute.
Earlier, Professor Dr Abdul Basit, Vice Chancellor Preston University in his welcome address highlighted the objectives of the conference.
President Mamnoon Hussain gave away mementos to the scholars working in the field of sufism.