The Islamic spiritual centre of Maizbhandar on the outskirts of the port city has wrapped up the two-day celebration of 154th birth anniversary of leading Sufi Saint Syed Golamur Rahman seeking eternal blessings for restoration of harmony among mankind.
"He (Syed Golamur Rahman) taught us to spread the message of love and harmony in line with the divine Islamic spirit . . . we seek blessings of the almighty for carrying out our mission in that line," a statement of the centre quoted incumbent Imam of the Darbar Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari as saying at the concluding prayers of the celebrations.
He said the Sufi saints never accept differences among people on the basis of their backgrounds and being one of the greatest mystical figures of the region Syed Golamur Rahman, fondly called Baba Bhandari, dedicated his entire life to teach people to explore the almighty among them upholding the dignity of universal mankind.
"But we see today some people are becoming militants, committing crimes against peace and humanity while our mission (Maizbhandar) is to uphold humanity and social peace and justice," he said.
A descendant of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), Syed Ahmedullah established the Maizbhandar Sufi order as a spiritual hub in early 19th century with a pursuit of extracting Islam's essence of fraternity and love.
The order or Tariqa took a new look in terms of spiritual pursuit during the time of Syed Ahmedullah's nephew, Baba Bhandari, in the last century while his grand successor Syed Moinuddin Ahmed appeared as the torch bearer of the order reshaping it to address the spiritual needs of the contemporary age.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)