Srinagar, Mar 28: Amid the dark tunnels of violence , radicalization and uncertainty the elders, sane voices are stressing on the youth in Kashmir to revisit sufi teachings so that peace can again be achieved. It is worth mentioning here that Islam in Kashmir wasn’t result of some brutal and bloody conquest but by the efforts and toil of Sufi Saints. The imprints which Islam left on Kashmiris have been rightly observed by the noted historian Prem Nath Bazaz “Politics had dehumanized the Kashmiris; Islam made them men again. Just as the Muslim rule was established in Kashmir without much bloodshed, so was Islam spread throughout the length and breadth of the valley by peaceful preaching and lucid persuasions of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani(RA) and hundreds of the Sayyid Missionaries who came from Hamadan and other parts of Persia.
The rich Rishi and Sufi heritage represents the wisdom of Kashmir on global level.
A visit to Sufi Shrine of Khanyar Dastgeer Sahib presents heartening example of faith, peace and brotherhood. Dastgeer Sahib is a Sufi shrine located in Khaniyar, Srinagar, Jammu and kashmir, India. Dastgeer Sahib is a 200-year-old shrine situated in khaniyar dedicated to great Sufi Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jelani.
A mutwali (Care taker) at Dastgeer Sahib Shrine Haneef Ahmad, while talking to the Kashmir News Bureau stated – “ We can achieve prosperity, peace and tranquility only by following Sufi teachings . We in Kashmir are entangled in scores of problems because we have gone astray from sufi teachings. The lost paradise of Kashmir can be regained by following sufi teachings. Kashmir will once again gain glory , paradise status if we follow teachings of Sufism. Sufi saints have taught us brotherhood , humanity and not to discriminate on the basis of colour, creed and religion.”
Bilal Ahmad, a youth states – “Today Kashmir is on a critical juncture of its history and youth are being hoodwinked by different negative forces and the destructive results are before us as hopeless , bloodshed have thus become order of the day. What is needed is a revisting Sufi path of peace, pluralism and sanity by all of us especially the youth of Kashmir in order to save our ruined paradise Kashmir from further pain and havoc. In sufi message of Humanity, peace and brotherhood lies answer to our grave issues on any front from political to social.”
Undoubtedly, pulse on ground is to youngsters of Kashmir revisit golden legacy of Sufi wisdom and tolerance to save this place from further troubles. (KNB)