Hyderabad to get Sufi study centre

HYDERABAD - Shaikh Hashimuddin Gilani, the caretaker of the shrine of the revered Sufi saint Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad, has announced that a Sufi study centre will be set up in Hyderabad to promote the principles of brotherhood and humanity.



By (P S Jayaram)

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2011, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:26 AM

Shaikh Hashim, who is in the city as part of his 12-day tour of India to spread the teachings of Sufism, said: “India and Baghdad enjoy a very close relationship. During the time of my great-grandfather, Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, many Shaikhs were sent to Indian cities like Hyderabad. Sufism has been in this country since then with its diverse culture and tradition.”

Stating that the very concept of Sufism was to show love and affection for fellow human beings and to spread it among all of humanity, he said: “Sufism can resolve all modern day social dilemmas.”

Shaikh Hashim, who runs ‘Ghousia Centre for Sufism’, a centre for study of Sufism in Baghdad, said he will set up a similar centre here in the city. This is Shaikh Hashim’s first trip to Hyderabad after he was selected as the caretaker of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s shrine. Prior to this, he had visited Hyderabad 10 years ago with his father.

During the course of his India visit, Shaikh Hashim will also be visiting Mumbai, Mangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum.

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