Sufi delegation meets Amit shah; Discusses revival of Sufi culture in J&K
New Delhi, Mar
15: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday met representatives from the Ajmer
Sharif Dargah, the revered Sufi shrine in Rajasthan.
Chishty, chairman of the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council, said the
delegation discussed the revival of Sufi culture in Jammu and Kashmir.
to follow Sufism, but gradually the extremists stopped the people and the
youth. Kashmir has a rich tradition of revered Sufi dargahs [shrines], such as
the famous Hazratbal Dargah in Srinagar. We are working to revive and promote
Sufism in Kashmir,” he said.
He said the Home
Minister appreciated their efforts and promised them full cooperation.
nearly 60-70 Sufi shrines that are 500 years old. Many shrines were desecrated.
We are in touch with the clerics there, and the government has promised [us]
that a policy will be announced soon,” he said.
On July 1 last
year, taking part in a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on extending President’s
rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Shah had raised the disappearance of Sufi
culture from the region. “Jammu and Kashmir used to be the epicentre of Sufi
culture. Where did the Sufis disappear? Who forced them out. Why didn’t anyone
raise a voice…. Weren’t they part of Kashmiriyat? Sufis were attacked, they
were targeted…. They were the ones who spoke about Hindu-Muslim unity, about
India,” he had said.
Chishty said they
would soon start a door-to-door campaign in Kashmir to promote Sufism. He said
the issue of employment for Jammu and Kashmir youth was also discussed.