The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said that Sufism is the path to bring peace in the world besides promoting mutual brotherhood and harmony among different sections of the society.
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after attending the inaugural function of the week-long Urs being held at the shrine of Hazrat Nanga Bhaji Sahab at Malangam, Bandipora.
Dr Singh said Kashmir is the abode of great Sufi saints whose teachings have always preached mutual coexistence, brotherhood and peace. He said the need of the hour is to follow the teachings of these great saints for leading an emancipated life devoid of strife and conflict.
The Deputy Chief Minister said these teachings are more relevant in today’s context where the world is torn by conflict and mutual distrust between different communities and nations. He said the teachings of these seers and saints need to be propagated especially among the younger generation some of whom are being misled by the vicious propaganda of those having nefarious designs of trying to create chasm between different sections of society and plunge the world into an era of chaos and confusion.
It is pertinent to mention that the week-long Urs of the saint is attended by devotees from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and PoK.
The Deputy Chief Minister also paid obeisance at the shrine and prayed for peace in the State.
Later, the Deputy Chief Minister also reviewed the arrangements being put in place for the smooth conduct of the annual Urs. It was attended by Deputy Commissioner Bandipora,, SSP Bandipora, other senior officers of the administration and prominent citizens and political activists of the area.
Dr Singh directed the officers to synergize their efforts for ensuring smooth conduct of the Urs. He said necessary mechanism should be put in place so that the devotees coming to pay their obeisance do not face any incontinence viz-a-viz the basic amenities and other essentials.