Embedded in the bustling lanes of the capital city, New Delhi, the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Shamsuddin Utawala Rahmatullah has served as a cynosure of communal harmony for generations.
It is thronged by a large number of devotees every day from across the nation, irrespective of their religion.
Regarded as one the greatest Sufi saints, Hazrat Shamsuddin Utawala Rahmatullah throughout his life spread the message of Sufism and peace.
People of different faiths visit this mighty Dargah and perpetuate his teachings of oneness and communal harmony.
Located around a kilometre away from Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, it is also known as 'Patte Shah's Dargah' by the locals.
It is believed that the Dargah was built in the Gayaspur village on the order of Tughlaq in 1325 A.D. The saint got his name from covering himself with leaves whenever Hazrat Nizamuddin would pass by.
The complex of the dargah also has an 800-year-old tree inside it which is believed to be there on that spot after the saint buried his datun (teeth-cleaning twig) inside the ground.
Devotees of different religious backgrounds come to this Dargah to offer their prayers to the Sufi Saint.
Since ages, the Sufi Saints like Hazrat Shamsuddin Utawala Rahmatullah have propagated the message of spiritualism and harmony in our country and their teachings are still playing a significant role in strengthening the thread of secularism.
Wrapped up among the busy lanes of Srinagar city lies the Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throng this Dargah every day to bring forth the spirit of humanity and brotherhood among them. Recently, the Urs or death anniversary of the Sufi Saint was commemorated which was attended by devotees of all faiths who offered their prayers to the Sufi saint. Enlightening the atmosphere of Dargah during the Urs, prayers and hymns were sung in praise of Allah. As the saint used to serve food to the needy as his contribution to the society, devotees especially those living near to the shrine cook vegetables, eggs, sweets and other dishes on the day of Urs and invite their relatives for a feast. This feasting atmosphere can also be witnessed outside the shrine, where a number of people could be seen selling various eatables. The Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib holds great significance as it welcomes people of all faiths to seek oneness with God and has been acting as a symbol of communal harmony for ages.
The epicentre of faiths, the Dargah of Sayyad Nasir Hussain Rahmatullah Alaih situated in the bustling lanes of New Delhi is a melange of diversities. Situated in the Hari Nagar area of the National Capital; the Shrine witnesses the rush of devotees throughout the day. Whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or from any other community, the aroma of the shrine serenades them into cheerfulness and a belief of fulfilment ensues in them. Qawwalis sung by local artists in the evening makes the whole atmosphere even more spiritual at the Dargah. It calms the senses of the devotees who come from far and wide to pay their obeisance to the saint. Sweet rice is also distributed among devotees as a holy sacrament. It is believed that Saint fulfils the wishes of all and nobody returns empty-handed. The message of peace and brotherhood comes out loud from these Dargahs that have been acting as symbols of communal harmony for ages.
Switzerland sent medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators and respirators to India. A cargo aircraft carrying over 13 tonnes of medical supplies left Zurich for New Delhi. The supplies worth CHF 3 million (over Rs 24 crore) arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. The consignment comprises as many as 600 oxygen concentrators & 50 respirators. The medical supplies provided by Switzerland will be received by Indian Red Cross. Supplies will then be distributed to hospitals by the Health Ministry which is coordinating aid. Meanwhile, the first shipment from the Netherlands also arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. Aid contained 449 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators & other medical supplies. MEA informed that remaining medical equipment would be shipped over the coming days. India is currently dealing with a devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Several countries have come forward & an international aid operation has been launched to help India fight the coronavirus crisis.
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The fifth flight from United States arrived in India with covid medical aid. A US flight carrying 545 oxygen concentrators reached New Delhi on May 4. On May 2, a flight from the US carrying 1.25 lakh vials of remdesivir landed in India. A US flight arrived with 1,000 oxygen cylinders & other equipment on May 1. On April 30, US deployed its first two planes carrying the initial emergency relief supplies. The United States Department of Defense has said that the final two flights of Covid-19 aid slated for India have been delayed. US Transportation Command on Monday said that the delay is due to maintenance issues. Watch the full video for more.
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A flight from Italy, carrying Covid-19 medical aid, arrived in New Delhi on May 3. The shipment included 1 oxygen generating plant and 20 ventilators. Ambassador of Italy to India, Vincenzo De Luca said, “We're going to deliver an oxygen production machine to a hospital in Noida. It'll provide oxygen to 100 patients at one time and to thousands in the days to come. Italian companies operating in India are helping the Indian government in the production of oxygen.” Ambassador of European Union to India, Ugo Astuto said that the focus is on supplying oxygen and drugs to the country as Covid aid amid second wave of coronavirus. Watch the full video for more.
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Situated in the Faridabad district of Haryana, the symbolic shrine of Chote Bade Sarkar has been serving as a cynosure of communal harmony for generations. People of all caste and communities visit the shrine to pay their obeisance to both the Sufi saints, Bade Sarkar and Chote Sarkar and seek their blessings. The shrine is believed to have healing powers and therefore a number of people suffering from different medical problems can be seen visiting the shrine. Even though the actual shrine of Bade Sarkar and Chote Sarkar is located in the Badaun district of northern Uttar Pradesh state, the symbolic shrine of the saints in Faridabad is also no less popular. Built around hundred years ago, the shrine is even visited by people from faraway places irrespective of faith. Even the caretaker of the shrine is a Hindu man whose family has been taking care of it for generations. Bade Sarkar was born in Bukhara in 1188 and left the material world in Badaun in 1230. Like many other Sufi saints before him, he too traced his lineage from the family of Hazrat Muhammad. Chote Sarkar, on the other hand, was his most famous disciple and spiritual successor. Both the brothers throughout their life propagated the message of peace and brotherhood and are thus revered by all communities till date.
The annual Urs Mubarak of famous Sufi saint Hazrat Sheikh Dawood Sahib (RA) popularly known as Batmol Sahib (RA) observed with zeal in Srinagar. Devotees thronged the shrine wearing mask to offer prayers. The devotees including women, men, children, and old were seen paying obeisance and offering special prayers at the shrine. Forming an integral part of Indian ethos for the last several centuries, even today the Sufi traditions play an important role in the lives of the people and connote them with an understanding of the world in all its spiritual dimensions. "Not just Batmol areas, but people from different dimensions come here to attend this celebration. You must have seen that there are Sikhs community as well as pandits to offer prayers," said Firdous Masood, Member of Urs Committee.
The socio-cultural and developmental non government organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Development Forum (JKYDF), held a day-long conference on Sufism titled "Role of Sufism for Peace, Brotherhood and Tolerance" in Baramulla on April 08. The aim of this conference was to inculcate a sense of respect and responsibility of humans towards each other and the philosophy of sufism which teaches peace and universal brotherhood. On the occasion, the patron of JKYDF, Farooq Ganderbali along with other dignitaries spoke over the topic and threw detailed light on the role of Sufis who arrived in Kashmir from time to time. JKYDF is working hard to spread the message of peace and tranquility based on the Sufism across Jammu and Kashmir and programmes like seminars, debates and Conferences are being held by the organisation across all districts. On the occasion Dr Shabir Ahmad , Master Ghulam Rasool Wani , poet Sagir Gull , Writer and poet Alam Ahsan , journalist Ajaz Kawoosi , Islamic Scholar Mohammad Amin , Dr Fayaz Shaheryar Majid and Aasif Abdullah were also present in the occasion.
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