In the wake of growing unrest among the Muslims over being branded as anti-national and violent by the Hindu outfits, a meeting of prominent Muslim clerics and community leaders was held in Agra, where this issue was discussed at length.
Addressing the assembled community leaders, Kari Mudassar Ali Qadri said that what the right-wing organizations forget to mention while bashing Muslims over made-up issues is that the Muslims have been in India for centuries and have become completely embedded in the Indian culture and traditions in this time.
To think of Muslims as aliens on this land is a crime against humanity and a denial of the illustrious history of India, he said.
He further said that the Sufi ideology, which is an amalgamation of Islam with the mystical traditions of India, could be an effective tool to spread social harmony and culture in the country due to the inbuilt peace and pluralism at its core.
He said that a Sufi always seeks union with god who is the creator and only ‘One’. Thus, a Sufi devotes all his love to seek his love.
Agreeing to this argument, Sufi Bundan Miyan said that Sufism is a needle weaving the social fabric of India with inclusive syncretic values provided by saints like Moinuddin Chishti, Nizamuddin Auliya, Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki and others. Qawwalis, Naats and other forms of Sufi music have strengthened harmony and brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims besides intermixing in the marginalized masses in India, he said.
The ideology with vibrating spirituality and love without religious confinements counters fundamentalism and radicalization in any form, he added.
A former police officer and community leader Ashfaq Ahmed added that considering various dimensions and contributions of Sufi ideology to the composite culture and social harmony within a historical perspective, its value, love and potential bulwarking the multi-cultural society in India could not be undermined.
He said that the spread of Sufi messages, music etc. could counter successfully the conflict-ridden societies and the violence emanating from the rigid religious dogmas and misinterpreted edicts.