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National Conference on “The Role of Saints of Khuhra in the Promotion of Human Dignity and Social Reforms held

By: Adeel Alvi

KHAIRPUR: One-Day National Conference on “The Role of Makhadeem (Saints) of Khuhra in the Promotion of Human Dignity and Social Reforms” was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur jointly organized by the Institute of Islamic Studies and Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed Cultural, Education and Development Trust, Khuhra in collaboration with Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) and office of the Deputy Commissioner, Khairpur. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided the conference while Pir Syed Muhammad Bachal Shah Jillani, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh was the chief guest.

While delivering his presidential address, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said that last year we signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed Cultural, Education and Development Trust, Khuhra to organize conferences, seminars on education and social issues. We have materialized the MoU in letter and spirit. He said the peace and tolerance could be availed with the help of the teachings and philosophy of Sufi Saints. The contribution of Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed is laudable in the promotion of human dignity. He also accorded his special thanks to Pir Syed Muhammad Bachal Shah who has spared his precious time to grace the event.

Pir Syed Muhammad Bachal Shah Jillani said that the Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed is a symbolic Shaheed of Sindh. He preached for human dignity, unity of GOD and evil forces and promoted the teachings and philosophy of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (S.A.W.W) and Shariah. During the Kalhora reign, approximately 221 companions along with Makhdoom Abdul Rehman were martyred. He also shed light on the teaching and philosophy of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Hazrat Sachal Sarmast and said that their ideology is the glaring example of human dignity.

Mr. Sharjeel Noor Channa, Deputy Commissioner Khairpur said it is the high time to inculcate the idea of peace and tolerance for betterment of the society. Islamic civilization is source of betterment of society. He said that at the Shrines of Sufi Saints, there is equality and religious diversity, he added.

Dr. Syed Mehdi Raza Shah, Custodian Dargah Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan said that Sufism is a source of spiritualism. He said Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar wrote four books on mystic philosophy. At that time, there was a Madersa which was established 700 years earlier. The students from Alexandria and Egypt were enrolled so this was the influence of the Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Khuwaja Moin-ud-Din Mehboob Koreja, Custodian, Dargah Khuwaja Ghulam Fareed (R.A) also shed light on the teaching and philosophy of the Makhdoom Abdul Rehman Shaheed and others. He said in Sufism there is no discrimination but there is equality and inclusiveness.

Makhdoom Nadeem Ahmed Hashmi, Custodian, Dargah Khuhra shed light on the objectives of the conference. He said this conference will promote the Islamic philosophy and teaching and will provide a viable platform for peace building and tolerance.

Dr. Makhmoor Bukhari, Prof. Dr. Naeem Anwar Nomani, Adv. A.B Lashari, Dr. Shair Mehrani, Dr. Saifullah Bhutto, Mr. Salman Khuhro, Hafiz Muhammad Rafique Soomro, Prof. Fida Muhammadi, Dr. Zain-ul-Abideen Arejo, Ms. Shumaila Rabab Rizvi presented their research papers.
Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences accorded vote of thanks.

Eelier, Prof. Dr. Sajjad Ali Raeesi, Director Institute of Islamic Studies cordially welcomed the guests and participants of the conference. A large number of teachers, scholars and students attended the conference. Mr. Muhammad Hassan Shaikh conducted the proceedings of the conference.

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