Pak scholar to speak on Sufism in dargah

TNN | Mar 13, 2012, 01.46AM IST

AJMER: Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Sufi scholar and founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (an NGO), is expected to deliver a speech on Sufism in the dargah here on Tuesday. This will be the first time that a Pakistani scholar will talk on religious matters here.

Qadri, who is currently touring India, attended a function in Hyderabad on Sunday. The intelligence department has tightened the security for his Ajmer visit. Qadri is expected to reach Ajmer early on Tuesday morning. Reliable sources said, "He will first offer prayers at the dargah and then deliver his speech. Though the authorities have not disclosed Qadri's programme but sources have confirmed his visit to Ajmer.

Sources added that earlier it was discussed with the state authorities to fix a bigger venue for the occasion since a huge number of people are expected to attend Qadri's speech. Patel Stadium was considered but finally dargah was decided as the venue. Later in the evening, Qadri is also expected to participate in 'Eid Milanudabi' where every devotee is invited.

The Pakistani Sufi scholar became popular when in October 2010 he spoke on 'Jihad' in Europe and cleared religious aspects for the younger generation. "He is helping in spreading the teachings of Sufism. Sufism is what we need today," said a local Muslim scholar. Sources said that the people and the Muslim community are eager to hear Qadri during his Ajmer visit.

Qadri's moderate views have annoyed the extremists and therefore intelligence agency is taking no chances with his security.

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