By News Desk

Sufism should be taken into consideration for national and international policy makings.

Sufism is the best weapon against extremism and terrorism.

Research think-tank MUSLIM Institute organized a Round table Discussion titled “Sufism and Peace: Case study of Indonesia and Pakistan” in Islamabad.

Speakers said that Sufis played a vital role for the humanity. Their hallmark was devotion to Almighty and service to humanity and they had become a powerful moral force in the society. They believed in Mahabbah (Love of God), Maa’rifah (Knowledge of God) and Tawhid (Oneness of God).

In Indonesia Islam was spread neither by political power nor by Muslim jurists, it was spread by the Sufis, who were very tolerant to local culture. Sufis are moderate and derive religious thought not only from Quran and Prophetic Traditions but also from the use of reasons, enriched by empirical reality.

Sufis are the promoters of harmony, respect for humanity, selflessness, love and peace. This harmony and peace is the real face of Islam and we need to show the real face of Islam to the world through our character.

Sufism has the power to attract people of different faiths and treats humanity equally. The speakers emphasized that peace is the universal message of Islam and with help of Sufism Islam was spread everywhere and specially in Indonesia and Pakistan. Sufis are representative of Islam and they strongly oppose any kind of division and sectarianism. They are promoters of harmony, peace, equality and purity of inner self. Khankahi Nizam in Pakistan is a great institution which deals with people without any discrimination of religion, sect, race, and colour etc. Contemporary social and welfare organizations’ system has derived inspiration from Khankahi Nizam to serve people.

Speakers argued that the Sufi teachings were deliberately excluded from Pakistan’s national curriculum which increased extremist ideologies in the society. In order to promote peace and tolerance in society, Sufi teachings must be inculcated in the national curriculum. International and national policy makers should understand the role of Sufism and utilize it accordingly for the betterment of society. Speakers said that up till now, unfortunately 70 percent terrorist attacks happened in Islamic countries, 60 percent ongoing conflicts and wars worldwide are taking place in Muslim countries and more than 65 percent refugees world-over are Muslims. They said that Sufism can play an active role in getting rid of the menace of terrorism. They said that people who are creating disturbance in current times do not belong to Sufism as Sufis spread love and harmony not violence and bloodshed.

The speakers of Round Table discussion included DHM Embassy of Indonesia Mr. Musurifun Lajawa, Researcher Nahdlatual Ulema Indonesia Mr. Sofiuddin, Superintendent Indonesian Police Mr. Fathonia Riaz, Former Ambassador Ms. Fouzia Nasreen, Associated Dean CIPS NUST Dr Tughral Yamin, Chairman History Department IIUI Dr. Mujeeb Ahmad, and Research Associate MUSLIM Institute Ahmad Al Qadri.