In order to promote and to spread the message of Sufism, World Sufi Forum (WSF) is being held in the national Capital. Almost all major national and international voices that represent various Sufi traditions have come together for the event.
The inaugural session of the four-day event took place at Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday.
WSF, which has been organised by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), India’s apex body representing various dargahs in India, will conclude on Sunday. The event has over 200 participants from over 20 countries who will discuss ways to spread the pluralistic message of Sufism.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf, founder-president of AIUMB, an influential Sufi leader in India, thanked the visiting dignitaries for their participation in addressing various issues faced by Muslim communities across the globe. He said, “We are thankful to all the representatives present today for coming together in this historical event. A united global Sufi alliance will promote peace, humanity, love and spirituality both in India and abroad.”
He added, “Islam spread in India due to the teachings of Sufi masters who gave the message of universal love. Over the last few decades, Islamic theology has been distorted to spread violence and hatred amongst people. A key concern of the World Sufi Forum will be how to counter these extremist ideologies”.
At World Sufi Forum, AIUMB has brought together the brightest Sufi visionaries, intellectuals, academicians and social activists from around the world to discuss the need and importance of promoting tolerance and peace.