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SRINAGAR: Addressing a Seerat conference organised by the Anjumane Nusrat Ul Islam at Islamia at Rajouri Kadal here, president of the Anjuman and Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said sectarian divide and hate among us only strengthens the hands of our oppressor. He said those who use pulpit of mosques to do so will not be tolerated and people should publically boycott them.

Coming down heavily on some of the self styled religious preachers in the state, Mirwaiz said that these religious preachers are using the sacred pulpits of mosques to divide Muslims of the state by indulging in criticizing and demeaning each other on sectarian lines rather than working for religious and social reform among the society and preaching the real message of unity in Islam. Mirwaiz said what is worse is that they are using social media to promote their sectarian agenda which misguides and confuses people especially the youth.

Mirwaiz said that these clerics don’t speak about the killings and injustices that we face each day but when it comes to criticizing each other that exhibit such passion and eagerness. Mirwaiz said the breach in our unity as an Ummah if it starts from our mosques will be extremely unfortunate and cannot be allowed. Mirwaiz urged the Imams to desist from promoting sectarian differences that create divisions and hate and rather educate people about the core and universal message of Islam. Mirwaiz said sectarian divide and hate among us only strengthens the hands of our oppressor He said those who use pulpit of mosques to do so will not be tolerated and people should publically boycott them.

He said in the coming days a meeting of Religious organisations, preachers /imams from every sect and school of thought will be convened and we will discuss these issues so that our mosques will become reason for our unity and social reform rather than division.  Referring to the heinous Kathua incident Mirwaiz said it is blot upon all humanity, irrespective of what religion we follow that the most despicable act of pre meditated rape and then murder was used a tool against a community to evict them. It has to be condemned by one and all and justice has to be delivered on this most heinous crime.

During the Seerat conference students from various institutions from different districts shed light on the life and contributions of the holy prophet with lot of zest and zeal. The function was followed by prize distribution ceremony in which prizes were distributed among the students from various schools who took part in the seerat competition. The first position was bagged by Ms Soliha of RP School, second by Ms Abeeba of Kashmir Harward Institute and Areeza of Muslim Public school Rajbagh. Mirwaiz distributed trophies and cash prizes among the winners. Professor M Sidiq Kuchay, Engineer Ras Masood and Gh Mohiudin were the judges.

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  • Governor briefs him about initiatives taken by Shrine Board for facilitation of pilgrims

JAMMU: The President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, today visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Mr. Kovind prayed for the progress and prosperity of the people of the country. The President was accompanied by Mrs. Savita Kovind, First Lady; Governor N. N. Vohra; and Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister. During his brief visit the President went around the Shrine complex, viewed the facilities and met the pilgrims.

 

Governor, who is Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, briefed the President about the continuing initiatives being taken for upgrading and expanding the infrastructure for facilitating the progressively increasing number of pilgrims to the Holy Shrine. He observed that a Master Plan has been got prepared for the Bhawan and the extended Shrine Area to provide planned accommodation for pilgrims at Bhawan, Adhkuwari, Katra and Jammu and Durga Bhawan is being re-constructed to enhance accommodation facilities for pilgrims at Bhawan. Water supply is being augmented and all the lights along the tracks and in the Bhawan area have been replaced with LED lights; Health Care facilities for the pilgrims have been strengthened along the tracks and at Bhawan. Giving details about the various social support initiatives taken by the Board, especially in the education and health sectors, Governor referred to the establishment of Superspeciality Hospital, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and College of Nursing at Kakryal and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul at Charanpaduka, involving an investment of nearly Rs. 1000 crores.  

Regarding the upcoming major infrastructure projects, the Governor informed the President that Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati and Material Ropeway between Siar Dabri and Bhawan are nearing completion. He also informed the President about the ongoing Slope Stabilisation Project and installation of Shelter Sheds for ensuring safety of the pilgrims against shooting stones and landslides and, besides, the upcoming Tarakote Marg which will cost about Rs 80 crore.

Governor observed that, under his direction, focus on environmental preservation continued to be accorded very high priority and, towards the furtherance of this objective, plantation of Trikuta Hills has been undertaken on a very large scale and green technologies are being utilised. Earlier, on arrival at the Panchhi Helipad from Jammu, the President was received by Mr. Umang Narula, CEO of the Shrine Board. Mr. A. G. Mir, ADGP, CID;  Mr. Hemant Kumar Sharma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Mr. Prasanna Ramaswamy G, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi; Mr. Anshul Garg, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board; and other senior Civil, Police and Shrine Board officers were present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: The Valley of Kashmir has been fortunate enough to entertain both Semitic and Non Semitic religions and traditions. The inhabitants of the Valley were receptive to the religions founded in Indian subcontinent that included both Hinduism and Buddhism. Islam that was an alien religion was also received with open arms. Islam in Kashmir did not spread through the proselytizing efforts of a Muslim zealot king, but the peaceful missionary efforts of Sufis and Rishis resulted in the spread of the new faith that led to the conversion of Kashmiris to the new creed. The adherents of the previous faiths including Hindus and Buddhists both survive in different parts of the present state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Sufis who belonged to different orders including Suharwardi and Kubrawi who visited Kashmir bringing forth the message of Islam weren’t able to reach to the common masses due to linguistic and other barriers. Their message of Islam and its influence remained confined to certain sections of the society. Their brief visits and stays did restrict the proselytization process. Sufism as a path to global peace and its role in promoting peace in pain and violence hit areas like Kashmir is well recognized fact .

Islam in Kashmir could not escape the influence of its predecessors, particularly the Islam as expounded and propagated by Sufis. Sufism or more appropriately Tasawuff had been influenced by other traditions and faiths before it entered the Valley. In the Valley the Sufism developed an indigenous trait, tradition and order known as Rishism. This indigenous Kashmiri order of Sufism, i.e. Rishism assimilated, got influenced and carried forward some principles and practices of Hinduism and Buddhism while all these Rishis were Muslims. Other Rishis existed before coming of Islam too, but the credit for consolidating, evolving and propagating it as an order goes to Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani or Nundrishi better known as Sheikh ul Alam to Kashmiris. He is considered to be founder of the Rishi order of saints which deeply influenced many great mystics like Hamza Makhdoom, Resh Mir Sàeb , Shamas Faqir till present day.

The different facets of Sheikh ul Alam’s multi dimensional personality come to the fore and are manifested by his poetic verses. . He used his poetry as tool to spread the knowledge of absolute. His poetry is commonly known as Shrukhs . Nundrishi deals with issues that relate to God, transcendental truth, Prophet, rishis, social justice, human relations, women, Kashmir, communal harmony,  human nature, rituals, exploitation in the name of religion, the hypocrisy of Brahmin and Mullah. These Rishis always stood for Communal harmony, love for all humanity and Social Justice. Thus said Nuruddin Noorani about Communal Harmony

Children of the same parents,

When will Hindus and Muslims cut down the tree of dualism?

When will God be pleased with them and grant them his Grace?

We all came into this world as brethren

One lives in a palace, another in a hut

Still as brothers we came here all,

But now we are strangers and foes to each other

O God! When will this ever cease?

He further says

We belong to same parents,

Then why this difference?

Let Hindus and Muslims worship God alone.

We came into this world like partners.

We should have shared our joys and sorrows together.

Though the Rishis were concerned more about union with transcendental divine reality and Hereafter but they were not unconcerned, escapist monastics. They did undertake welfare activities and social reform. Sheikh ul Alam doesn’t turn a blind eye to the factual realities and injustices happening around. He launches a crusade and tirade against abuse of religion, discrimination, casteism, inequality and poverty. He calls people towards following the path laid down by Islam whose egalitarian values of Justice, Equality, welfare, love, Care for the poor, he tries to inculcate among the people, through the medium of his poetry

Koul Mo Lagie Rangan Tey Sangan

Koul Mo Hangan lagney Aaw

Thou Art not born to frame factions and federations

Thou art not born to boast racial superiorities

While speaking against casteism he states

Yeth Dunyahes Zaat Haweeth Kya Miley

Ghasi Chak Adijan Yeli Khaakh Miley

Earn not thou anything in boasting thy rank and file

Thy complex configuration will be absorbed in soil and dust

Sheikh ul Alam seems to be brutally honest in his vehement criticism against those who exploit religion and befool people particularly the clergy class among Hindus and Muslims

Maley Chey Khushaal Hadeyes Tey Saalas

Sheikh Gayey Maalas tey Maachas Matey

Priests art pleasured with favors and banquets

Sheikhs do amock after wealth and self indulgence 

Alastu Buzith Hatukh Pathey

Kaaloo Balaa Tatey Dopukh Ney

Shaman Khewan Maaz Keho Baatey

Brahmin laagith Baatin Ney Kehney

Tympanic art the signals of Lord but tail turned remained they

Verily did not they surrender to his omnipotence

Engaged art they in appetitive trails of broiled rice thus

Apparently Brahmin figured but intently cipher they art (P-107)

The exploitation and abuse of religion still continues at the hands of ignorant Mullah and greedy Brahmin, about whom Sheikh ul Alam has explained in his verses centuries ago. The only need for us is to rediscover his message that now has been hijacked by the same Mullah to safeguard his petty interests. Sheikh ul Alam doesn’t criticize only Mullahs but Rishis too who have adorned the false garb of being a Rishi without controlling their basic animal instincts.

The subjects, issues and problems that Sheikh ul Alam deals with remain the same that present day mankind is baffling with, whether be it in our individual lives or collective societies. The manner in which he tackles the problem and the solutions that he offers are a living testimony of the relevance of his thought and message. His verses are full of advises and solutions that a man faces in his day to day life, and his message offers practical roadmap for the salvation of soul. His verses don’t deal solitarily with mundane activities of life, but they do certainly explain the longing for meeting with Divine Creator, the love, ecstasy, Gnostic and mystic experience that a lover faces and the trials and tribulations that he encounters in this path, that are worth daring because of the eternal bliss and reward that awaits such a seeker

Aashiq Suey Yuss Ashiqey Seetey Dazey

Sunn Zan Pazles Punuy Paan

Asheqey Dooud Yess Wanijey Sazey

Suey Adey Watey La Makan

Aye! A lover true wilt fume in love and amour

Glittering wilt he be like gold in fusion and suspension

He who be pierced with darts of love and passion

Wilt find himself in abodes among visionary destination.

Sheikh Nur-ud-din's life has impressed the Kashmiri people and his message of universal brotherhood, inner peace is so relevant in present painful era and all times.

Kashmiryat ethos of tolerance brotherhood is also derived from Sufism and to end the sufferings and pain we need to revive both to end dark era.