Sufism cornerstone of Kashmiri culture, says Farooq

Sufism cornerstone of Kashmiri culture, says Farooq

Greets people on Urs of Hazrat Baba Haidar Reshi

Srinagar: The National Conference president Farooq Abdullah while extending greetings to the people on the Urs of Hazrat Baba Haider Reshi (RA) on Thursday said that Sufism has been the cornerstone of Kashmiri culture and tradition.
“The Reshis brought the essence of Islamic teaching to every household by localizing it. Their teachings touch a spectrum of issues encompassing both individuals as well as the society in their fold. They talked of compassion, brotherhood and mutual respect which are the pivotal aspects of any stable society. These great men paraphrased universal values in their poetry,” he said in a statement.
He added: The Reshi mystic thought has an innate relationship with the people of Kashmir. The contribution of such Sufis as Nund Reshi and his associates to the spiritualism and humanism in Kashmir is immense. Reshism was a scared mission dedicated to the cause of humanity as a whole and especially to offer succor and solace to the suffering masses of Kashmir. They encouraged people to live a life of piety and discipline and stressed that the real devotion of god was in the service of suffering man.
“These Reshis encouraged people to love humanity and god. They exhorted people to overcome pride, anger, greed, lust, and excessive involvement in worldly affairs. These Reshis had attained the highest stages of spiritual refinement, the awakening of self. They used their poetic genius and saying judiciously to make the erring man understand the essence of life and spirituality. On this day I pray for peace and prosperity of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Farooq and Omar Abdullah also paid tributes to the noted Islamic scholar, polymath Hazrat Alama Syed Qasim Shah Bukhari (RA) on his twentieth death anniversary. The duo in their message said the Alama was the epitome of truth, god consciousness, and piousness. While praising the role of Alama in the field of Islamic studies, the duo said the services of the Alama in the field of Islamic studies shall be remembered for all the times to come.