Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Malerkotla Sufi Festival Concludes with Resounding Call for Sufi Values

by Manjari Singh

The Malerkotla Sufi Festival, hosted at Government College, reached its penultimate day with an enlightening colloquium that delved into the rich tapestry of Sufism in India, with a particular focus on the border state adjacent to Pakistan. The scholarly discussions, led by eminent speakers such as Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Dr Mohammad Zamil, Dr Rubina Shabnam, Dr Mohammad Rafi, and Dr Salim Zubari, brought forth a profound exploration of the historical, present, and future dimensions of Sufism.

Against the backdrop of this cultural and intellectual exchange, the scholars fervently presented their papers on Sufism, highlighting its transformative impact on the land of saints and Gurus. The consensus among the speakers was that Sufism has turned this region into a timeless fountain of peace and a perpetual source of traditions and faiths.

In a compelling call to action, the speakers urged the residents of the border state to embrace the fundamental tenets of Sufism as integral elements of their lifestyle. Sufism, they argued, not only serves as a spiritual guide but also as a cornerstone for fostering unity, understanding, and peace in the diverse cultural fabric of India.

As the day unfolded, the audience was treated to mesmerizing performances by Vanit Khan and Salamat Ali, accompanied by local singers. The captivating melodies and soul-stirring renditions added a vibrant layer to the festival, leaving attendees enthralled and inspired.

Dr Pallavi, the Deputy Commissioner of Malerkotla, shared insights into the upcoming grand finale of the festival. She revealed that the Cabinet Minister for Tourism and Culture is set to grace the concluding session as the chief guest on Sunday. This announcement has heightened anticipation among festival-goers, promising a fitting end to an event that has not only celebrated the cultural richness of Sufism but has also sparked meaningful conversations about its enduring relevance in contemporary society.

The Malerkotla Sufi Festival stands not just as an annual event but as a platform that fosters dialogue, understanding, and a shared appreciation for the profound teachings of Sufism. As the curtains draw to a close, the resonance of Sufi values is likely to echo long after the festival concludes, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who participated.

Manjari Singh

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