Love All and Hate None: Haji Syed Salman Chishty
Haji Syed Salman Chishty is an eminent religious figure of India. Syed Salman Chishty hails from the Chishty Sufi family of Ajmer Sharif, the Gaddi-Nashin (hereditary custodians) of the 11th century Sufi shrine of famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hassan Chishty. His work involves the research of Sufi traditions and their interaction with global cultures and traditions.
He is Chairman Chishty Foundation, India. This charity organization works for welfare of humanity.
In an exclusive interview with the News Kashmir he talks to Farzana Mumtaz and Rameez Makhdoomi.
A bit about the conference on minority held in SKICC by Indian Minorities Foundation?
The Conference organized by Indian Minorities Foundation and was attended by all sections of society especially in large numbers by youth of Kashmir. The aim was to promote sufi teachings and spirituality. The sufi ethos has always taken concern of the concerns of ideas of common people. The event has been historic and quite effective.
How would you define Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz teachings for us ?
Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz the philosophical core and kernel of teachings lie in love and harmony for all and advised humans to follow the true path of God by following these holy traits- be loving like Sun, philanthropic like river, refreshing like earth .
Is our younger generation straying away from sufi teachings?
This is the day and age of digitalisation and everything has become accessible easily. Knowledge is just a one click away. We need to bear in mind that we don’t just need to fulfil the worldly path but also our spirtual path. The sufi teachings provide an individual spirtual path to nourish his or her soul and everyone has soul be it young or old so in need of sufi teachings .
What role does Chisty Foundation play in betterment of society ?
Chisty Foundation is working in entire India and more than 100 countries to work for humanity and bridge gulf and gaps.
The Chisty Foundation is following the multipronged strategy of raising awareness on social evils ,helping youth in skill development and women empowerment. We are also closely linked on grassroots to promoting the much needed communal harmony and also in this regard work on interfaith harmony.
Does sectarianism among Muslim hurt you ?
Yes this is a very sad aspect and we all need to rise above the sectarianism, at the Darbar of Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz we give message of humanity and urge all to rise above sectarianism.
The voices among Muslim community in India calling for self introspection are rising. Your take?
Self introspection should be done everytime. It should not be done as many voices are rising for its favour.
Every human should do it. The self introspection is integral part of spirituality.Unfortunately , in present times we are going away from tolerance and gratitude which are cornerstones of quality life and self introspection.
How deep did you find impact of sufi teachings on Kashmir?
Kashmir is known world over for being the abode of Sufis. We attended the Urs of Dastgeer Sahib at Khanyar recently and were in Joy to witness more than 50000 people with full emotions and heart praying to God and following Sufi Path. Sufism and Tawsuf are integral parts of Kashmir.
Your message to Youth of Kashmir?
My message to the youth of Kashmir is love all and hate none.