Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 26 (ANI): A one-day conference was organised by the Jammu And Kashmir Youth Development Forum (JKYDF) on 'Philosophy of Sufism' at Budgam Town Hall on Saturday.
In an official statement, Dr Sajid Ahmad Wani appreciated JKYDF for promoting the literature of love and high valued knowledge among the masses and selecting Budgam for holding such a prestigious conference on Sufiyat.
"Sufiyat has hundreds of years of roots in Kashmir and the time has come to revive this ideology of love and mutual brotherhood," he said.
Dr Wani was highly impressed with the Sufi content of Sufi books of hundreds of authors and called them 'true glittering stars of knowledge of Kashmir'.
He said that unfortunately during the last 70 years Sufi literature was the biggest casualty and more than 72 lakh books were destroyed in series of fire incidents in various Khanqahs.
Senior journalists, Ajaz Ahmad said that Kashmiris have always set an example of communal amity and brotherhood even during the worst of times and the reasons for that was they believed in Sufism.
"The mainstay of Kashmir's tolerance and co-existence has been our Sufism. Unless Sufism is restored to its centuries-old glory, we cannot have a peaceful, tolerant and progressive society," he said.
"Sufism is a path of spiritual advancements, an expansion of consciousness, leading to awareness of self and the universe. The substance of Sufism is selfless experiencing and actualization of the truth. The practice of Sufism leads to the development of innate spiritual and intuitive abilities," Ajaz added.
Speaking on the occasion, JKYDF founder, Farooq Ganderbali said, "JKYDF plans to hold such conferences in every educational institution of Kashmir valley in the coming months."
The event in Budgam was joined by Dr Mohd Yaqoob Khan, Dr Rasheed former director, Abdul Ahad Yatoo, Naseer Ahmad, Riyaz Fazili, DDC members of the district, among others. (ANI)