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Int. Sufi conference seeks spiritual unity to prevent militancy

Islamic scholars and spiritual leaders at an international conference here have sought a global spiritual unity against militancy saying vested quarters unleashed a reign of terror to serve an unholy interest.

"Terrorism and militancy have no room in Islam as it (Islam) had emerged only to save the entire mankind with love, love and only love," national adviser of US-based International Association of Sufism Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar told the Sufi conference.

He said lack of absolute or real faith and love for Allah and his messengers exposed the globe to a crisis while Sufism seeks to restore the love for the creator, his messengers and spiritual leaders to establish peace in individual, social, national and international arena.

Sufi Unity For International Solidarity (SUFIS), Bangladesh, staged the day-long conference at the Krishibid Institute drawing theology experts, religious leaders, foreign diplomats and Islamic philosophers from different parts of the globe.

The conference was wrapped up with a call for reaching a message to everyone that throughout the history Islam was spread as a religion of peace and justice not with the help of sword or muscle power, but with love and affection for mankind.

SUFIS president and incumbent imam of Islamic spiritual hub of Maizbhandar Syed Saifuddin Ahmed chaired the First International Sufi Conference-2016 for Global Peace and Harmony conference, staged in remembrance of leading Sufi saint of the contemporary age Syed Moinuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari coinciding with the Holy Miladunnabi.

The USA scholar lauded the role of Bangladesh for its tremendous success in curbing militancy and terrorism saying, "Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a role model against militant outfits."

Iranian Ambassador in Dhaka Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi, founder of Ukraine Islamic University Mufty Akhmed Tamim, former Tunisian Minister and journalist Dr Khaled Chouket, Director General of Islamic Foundation Shamim Muhammad Afzal, Pro Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, professor of philosophy department of Dhaka University Dr Anisuzzaman, leading entrepreneur Sufi Mohamed Mizanur Rahman and Mohommed Ikbal Risalpuri Maizvandari, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Indonesian embassy representative Iwan Wiranata-atmadja, Sheikh Ismail Bin VP Kassim of Malyasia, Editor-in-Chief of Indo Gulf Times of India Abdul Sami Bubere, Mohd Abbas Niazi of Aligarh Muslim University in India, Leyaket Ali Bin Mohamed Omar of Singapore also take part in the conference.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)