AIUMB condemns terror attack on Uri and demands action against Pakistan

New Delhi 23rd September

Press Release


All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board [AIUMB] has while condemning terror attack on Military camp at URI in Kashmir has criticized Pakistani establishment for creating havoc in the lives of People of Jammu & Kashmir who have otherwise identified with India and taking part in all constitutional and administrative institutions of the country.


President of the Board and founder Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi said in a statement released from Chittorgarh of Rajasthan and read in all the unit meetings that, Islam never allows killing of innocent people. The government, military establishment and secret agencies in Pakistan are working overtime to destabilize peace and tranquility in Kashmir which is disservice to Kashmir youth as they have every right to acquire higher education participate in nation building and become proud citizens of India.

In Delhi AIUMB condemned Uri Attack in demonstration led by Shah Hasan Jamee National Secretary AIUMB and Syed Farid Ahmad Nizami, Syed Shadab Hasan Rizawi. Syed Alamgir Ashraf President AIUMB Maharashtra lead a protest in Nagpur, Maulana Ale Rasul Ahmad Qadri in Lucknow (UP),Maulana Ramzan Ali Naeemi   president AIUMB Punjab in Bhatinda,Syed Salman Chishty in Ajmer . Local units of bhilwara (Rajasthan) ,Ludhiana (Punjab), Nautanwa ( Maharaj gunj,UP ) have also recorded their protest.

AIUMB president further said that the unfinished agenda in Kashmir is to get the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) vacated from Pakistani military and government of India must pursue this part in all global forums including UN.

In meetings held today in almost all the branches of AIUMB including Head Office in New Delhi, the participants expressed anguish over the disturbances in valley since 8th July after death of a dreaded terrorist Burhan Wani of Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedffn who was glorified  by Nawaz Sharif the Pakistani Prime Minster ignoring all the sensitivity of India.

The participants were clear in their assertion that Pakistan is destabilizing Kashmir only to divert attention of the Pakistani people who are fed with Nawaz Sharif for his bad governance or no governance.  The situation of Baluchistan, POK, Northern areas also came up for discussion with special reference to Brahabdagh Khan Bugti ,exiled son of assassinated Bloch iron man Nawab Akbar Bugti ,because Junior Bugti has prayed for political asylum in India. Atrocities on Pakistani people by Nawaz Sharif regime has created peoples unrest and so Pakistani establishment has started death and destruction in Kashmir with a strong hope of easing out local pressure.

AIUMB units all over India pledged their support to the actions to be taken by Government of India and demanded that harsh steps are taken to force Pakistan from trouble mongering in the peaceful localities, Ceasefire violations on control line and terror attacks on military establishment like Uri.

World Sufi Forum will encourage the Indian Muslims to create an environment of peace and pluralism in India: Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi

Muslim Scholars Brainstorm to Organize World Sufi Forum in the AIUMB Meeting held by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, Nagpur

Nagpur, Feb 08 (AIUMB press release)

The essential and inherent message of Islam is peace and security and it is guaranteed, not only for the Muslims but also for all other adherents of faith traditions, including even those who follow none. Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as “mercy” for all worlds. Therefore, it cannot be denied that there is zero tolerance for terrorism in Islam.

These opinions were expressed by Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi, president and founder of All India Ulama & Mashaikh board (AIUMB). He was addressing Muslim Scholars Sufi leaders and the Islamic clerics in an AIUMB Meeting held by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, in Nagpur.

It’s an unfortunate phase of the time in the today’s history that the terrorists are playing havoc across the world in the name of Islam, he said. “Whether it is in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh elsewhere in the Muslim world, the extremist jihadists have certainly caused major distractions and irreparable loss of human life and dignity”. “Heinous crimes and completely ungodly acts are being perpetrated in the name of God, which go completely against the true spirit and basic tenets of Islam. One such core ethic of Islam is that taking the life of a single innocent is a crime against all humanity (Quran 5:32)”, Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi said.

Addressing this important meeting organized by the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia, Nagpur, the founder and president of the AIUMB,  further Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi said that this meeting was held in preparation for the World Sufi Forum on 17-20 March, which will include an international seminar and a grand-level public conference in Ram Lila Maidan onMarch 20.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi further intimated that “This International Sufi Conference and the World Sufi Forum will bring together Indian Sufi scholars, imams, Ulama, Mashaikh and intellectuals with nearly 40 Islamic scholars, Ulama and Sufi Mashaikh  representing Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Turkey, Canada, Syria, Arabia, Africa, Australia, the United States of America, and the UK”. “Sufi Scholars from the prominent Islamic University, Al-Azhar Shareef, Oxford, Harvard, California and professors from the University of Cambridge and Canada will also be present. Thus, a mixed gathering of Ulama and scholars from the around the world will get tighter in an effort to discuss different aspects of the current situation and build a strong framework for the solutions”.


Maulana Syed Kichhouchhwi added that the World Sufi Forum will pave the ways for the Indian Muslims to contribute in creating an environment of peace and pluralism in India


Maulana Syed Alamgir Ashraf (provincial president of Maharashtra AIUMB) said that All India Ulama and Mashaikh board is against terrorism of all forms. He added saying that “the Board aspires to foster the universal Islamic values by spreading peace, brotherhood and unconditional love. Sufi Ulama at the board, he said, are striving to guide the life of Indian Muslims in the democratic structure of the country.

Speaking at the meeting, Haji Salim Ashrafi, Chairman the Markazi Julus-e-Chishtia Chhattisgarh appreciated the dedicated efforts and activism of the Board in preaching the values of peace and pluralism and eradicating the vices of violence and social distress. He said that there is no place for intolerance in Sufism.


At the very outset of the event, there was a beautiful traditional recitation of the Holy Quran and it ended with the Salat-o-Salam (recitation of peace and blessings on the Prophet PBUH). Among those who attended this meet were:


Sufi M K Christi (Gujarat Minority Commission Chairman), Syed Mu’az Ashraf, Grand Mufti of Maharashtra Mufti Abdul Qdeer Khan, Mr. Abdul Rasheed Qalandar, Maulana Nadeem Rizvi, the Siratun Nabi committee chairman Abdul Hasan Taji, Abdul Razzaq Taji,  Mr. Faisal Rangun Wala, Mr. Firoz Sheikh, Mr. Kamil Ansari, Haji Sohail Patel, Hanif Patel Ashrafi.  Besides them, many ulama, Mashaikh, Imams and intellectuals were also present in large numbers.

The Entire Life Of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Is Synonymous With Peace, Harmony And Tranquility

AIUMB Event in Lucknow

31 December 2015

All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board, an apex body of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India organised a glorious event of Eid Miladun Nabi in its office held by its branch in Lucknow, Uttar Pardesh. This is an event which is traditionally organised in the Islamic month of Rabiul Awwal, when the Propeht Muhammad (pbuh) was born. The program was chaired by Syed Ha


mmad Ashraf, General Secretary, All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (UP).

On this occasion, an Indian Islamic scholar, Maulana Abul A’as Hasan Misbahi expressed his views and said that “the entire life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is synonymous with peace, harmony and tranquillity”. He continued: “The complete adherence to the teachings of the Prophet’s life will greatly help us transform the world into an abode of peace. At a time when the world at large is suffering the severe atrocities, chaos and disorder with all peace-making efforts going in vain, there is greater significance of the Prophet’s model of peace that can ensure safety and security in the modern world”.

In his address, Maulana Abul A’as Hasan Misbahi further said that “If we take a cursory glance at the pre-Islamic Arabia before the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we come to realise that the Arab society was nothing short of a cult of the perverts and autocrats. False pride in racism and tribalism was on their peak. Nothing was safe, secure or preserved, be it character of the men or the chastity of the women in Arabia. Evil emotions of vengeance and retaliation were rampant in the society. Women were treated like objects of pleasure and plunder in the public markets. Thus, the entire humanity had fallen in a pit of moral, ethical, spiritual and social vices. In such an age of complete darkness and ignorance, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent as epitome of mercy, enlightenment, education and spiritual and moral guidance in the desert of Arabia”.

This is how the spiritual teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) transformed an ‘era of ignorance’ into an ‘age of enlightenment’, Maulana said reiterating his point that even today if the Prophet’s legacy of peace and piety is adhered to, the present-day seekers of peace and solace will attain a great source of inspiration in his life. Much in the same way as in the Pre-Islamic Arabia, the modern world which is steeped in moral downfall, ethical degradation and spiritual vacuum, can be catapulted into a world of heavenly peace, delight and spiritual solace.

In keeping with its tradition, the Miladun Nabi event began with the recitation of the verses from the holy Qur’an. At the conclusion, Syed Hammad Ashraf, General Secretary, All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (Uttar Pardesh) expressed vote of thanks to all the participants and audience. Some of the notable among them were Nayyar Azam, Janab Abu Bakr, Ramzan Ali, Usman Ali, Rauf Ahmad, Hamraz Ali.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi Met The Bangladesh-Based Members Of The AIUMB International Wing

Press Release:

In the backdrop of a strong consensus of All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board endorsed by great many Sufi masters, scholars and ulama over a decision to organize an international Sufi conference titled “World Sufi Forum”, AIUMB has embarked on this mission with great gusto. Notably, the Board’s president and fo12027562_1164487853580536_1703972228665493286_nunder, Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi has attained renewed energy in an untiring dissemination of his universal message of peace and pluralism that he plans to deliver to the wider Muslim world through the World Sufi Forum.


In this context, the founder and president of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi recently visited a neighboring Muslim country Bangladesh, where Islam has 1.7 billion adherents according to the latest study in 2015. He went on meeting both the Muslim masses and religious leaders alike with his well-planned program to work out the Sufi ideology of peace and counter-terrorism. He is quoted to have said that his visit to Bangladesh was aimed at apprising the Bangladeshi Muslims of the pressing need to integrate for this cause supporting the Sufi leaders’ initiative with all means possible.

Most prominently, Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi met the Bangladesh-based members of the AIUMB International wing which is locally known as “Anjuman e Ashrafia” with a huge following in the country. On this occasion, he addressed meetings in the capital Dhaka and some other places and asked the Islamic clerics, intellectuals and Sufi sheikhs of Bangladesh to take part in the International Sufi Conference which is to be held in Delhi in March 2016. The public meetings and small-scale gatherings proved fruitful and fetched lot of support for the international Sufi conference. Countless people pledged to attend the event. Numerous Islamic scholars came forward with their proposals to read research papers in its seminar. Even one of the renowned Qaris (Qur’an reciters) wished to render his service to recite Quran, which is a prime part of the function.


It is worth mentioning that Bangladesh enjoys good following of the Sufi Mashaikh as a result of the herculean efforts made by ancestors of Syed Mohammad Ashraf, the AIUMB president. According to their preserved history, they did great deal of service there in an effort to create a huge base of Sufi followers and disciples who are now united under the banner of Anjuman Ashrafia  extending their vital support to the Sufi cause.


In this context, it would be interesting to trace back the history of Sufi culture and tradition in Bangladesh. Islam was first introduced to Bangladesh during the caliphate of the Prophet Muhammad’s first four companions, known as Khulafa-e-Rashidin (the rightly guided caliphs). Modern researchers have found out that inhabitants of this land were well-acquainted with Islam much earlier than the Muslim conquest of Bengal. Arab merchants would visit Chittagong port even in the pre-Islamic period. But it was a small group of Prophet’s companions who came to Chittagong in 618 during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh). They preached Islam in various parts of Bangladesh for years and then went to China. Thereafter, several delegations of the early Arab Muslims arrived in this land to preach the faith, tradition and culture of Islam.  The most notable among them were the Sufi saints, who came to be known as Pirs and Fakirs in Bangladesh. They contributed the most pivotal part in preaching Muslim culture in the country. For instance, the famous Sufi saint of Bangladesh, Shah Jalal of Yemeni origin, who was a descendant of the Prophet’s family and belonged to a family of saints, had a large share in it.


The Sufi saints, followed by a group of Prophet’s companions, preached moderate, progressive, multi-cultural and pluralistic Islamic tradition, which was the main reason behind its successful spread in this land of ancient Vedic culture. These Muslim mystics (pirs and faqirs) reached out to every section of Bangladeshi society and preached the universal values of infinite love, mutual respect, religious harmony and social affinity in place of retrogressive and ritualistic views in the name of religion. Thus, their egalitarian messages stressing the ideals of peace, pluralism, human equality, universal brotherhood and social justice attracted the countless natives of Bangladesh towards their Islamic faith tradition.


In contemporary Bangladesh, the impact of Sufism can be seen through the prism of arts and culture. The multi-faceted Sufi tradition reflects an essentially peaceful and pluralistic culture that connects contemporary Bangladeshi Muslims to their old-age Indo-Islamic heritage. The most redeeming features of Sufism’s appeal in Bangladesh continue to be its inbuilt qualities of openness, wide embrace and social accommodation. Therefore, it can be fairly considered a completely peaceful, non-confrontist, inclusive and subversive trend in Bangladesh.

However, many opine that the spirit of Sufi culture and tradition in the country is now beginning to wean off. It has been reduced to only occasional Shrine visitation, spiritual consultation or observance of Sufi-oriented rituals and festivals. Today’s fakirs and pirs in Bangladesh also seem to have done away with their effort to keep alive the mystical Sufi culture of pluralism and moderation. Though they still engage in their occupations in the mazars (shrines of the saints), that outnumber the mosques and madrasas in some areas, they have almost lost an impacting ideology that continued to preach peace and moderation for centuries. Now their business is merely providing spiritual consultation to the shrine visitors and devotees, who look up to them as their peer-o-murshid (spiritual guru) and seek consultation in relation to the issues in their life and career. As Sufi masters, pirs and fakirs are no longer the influential ideologues in the country, radical thought is taking roots in some parts. The orthodox clergy began to play their part in reshaping the common religious mindset of Muslim community, adversely impacting the harmonious culture in the country.

Nevertheless, the peace-loving and spiritually inclined moderate Muslims of Bangladesh are waking up to this reality and are eager to reclaim the lost legacy of harmonious Sufi tradition in the country. In this situation, what the apex body of Indian Sufi Sunni Muslims, the AIUMB is trying to do in Bangladesh assumes great significance.

हज़रत मुहम्मद ﷺ की जीवनशैली पर अमल ही सफलता की कुंजी : अशरफुल अम्बिया सम्मेलन में सैयद मोहम्मद अशरफ किछौछवी का खिताब

दिल्ली -16 दिसंबर।

बानिये इस्लाम हज़रत मोहम्मद  ﷺ. को अल्लाह  तआला ने  पूरी दुनिया के मार्गदर्शन के लिए भेजा और  अल्लाह तआला ने अपने महबूब को तमाम खूबियों से नवाज़ा। यही  कारण है कि पैगम्बर ﷺ का जीवन  जहां मुसलमानों के लिए मार्गदर्शक है वहीं सारे मानव समाज  के लिए मिसाल है। ये  विचार हज़रत सैयद मोहम्मद अशरफ किछौछवी ने  ऑल इंडिया उलेमा मशाईख बोर्ड सीलमपुर, दिल्ली इकाई द्वारा शास्त्री पार्क में आयोजित एक जलसा बनाम अशरफुल अम्बिया सम्मेलन में व्यक्त किया।


मौलाना सैयद मोहम्मद अशरफ किछौछवी  (सदर-ऑल इंडिया उलेमा मशाईख बोर्ड) ने अपने अध्यक्षीय भाषण में पैगम्बरﷺ की सीरत पर रोशनी डालते हुए अधिक कहा कि पैगम्बर ﷺ की पवित्र जीवनी मानव जाति के सभी के लिए नमूना है। आज पूरी मानवता को हुज़ूर  की सीरत से सबक लेने की जरूरत है क्योंकि आप ﷺने मानव जीवन के सभी क्षेत्रों में  ऐसा लाजवाब नमूना पेश किया जिसका  उदाहरण मानव इतिहास  में न पहले था  और न आज तक कोई प्रस्तुत कर सका है।  आज हुज़ूर ﷺ की पवित्र जीवनी से पूरी मानवता को नैतिकता का सबक  लेना चाहिए क्योंकि पवित्र जीवनी  में ही वह नैतिक मूल्य हैं  जिन पर अमल करके  पूरी मानवता लोक  व परलोक में सफल  हो सकती है और सीरते रसूल (सल्ल) का पालन ही सफलता की  गारंटी है।


सम्मेलन को सम्बोधित करते हुए मौलाना सैयद आलमगीर  अशरफ (अध्यक्ष  AIUMB महाराष्ट्र) ने अपने संबोधन में सीरते रसूल के  अमल पर  ज़ोर देते  हुए कहा कि पूरी दुनिया में शांति, सौहार्द , सहिष्णुता और शालीनता का  राज़ सिरते रसूल में छिपा है इसीलिए जब कोई मनुष्य पूर्ण तौर पर  हुज़ूर का. फररमानबरदार हो जाता  है  तो वह पूरी मानवता के लिए नैतिक मूल्यों का  का सूचक  बन जाता है।


सय्यद  माज़ अशरफ ने अपने भाषण में मुसलमानों से हुज़ूर ﷺ कि जीवन शैली अपनाने की अपील की और कहा कि आज के दौर में हुज़ूर ﷺ की सीरत कोअपनाए बिना कोई चारा नहीं है क्योंकि पैगम्बर  ﷺ  की सीरत-ए-तैयबा में ही पूरी मानवता के लिए दिशा निर्देश मौजूद हैऔर सिरते नबी पर अमल करके पूरी मानवता शांति, सौहार्द का गहवारा  बन सकती है।

सम्मेलन की शुरूआत कारी मरगूब  की तिलावत कुरान से हुआ, कारी राहत अली ने सञ्चालन  किया और अनवर  कादरी बदायूंनी, मोहम्मद नदीम ने नाते नबी से लोगों को मोह लिया।

सम्मेलन में, सूफी अजमल निज़ामी, हज़रत मौलाना सैयद जावेद अली नक्शबंदी, सूफी एहसान, मौलाना हसनैन अशरफी,  हाफिज सलीम चिश्ती, रईस अहमद अशरफी , आस अशरफी , वकील अहमद अशरफी, अख्तर सिद्दीकी, सईद अहमद अशरफी, मौलाना वारिस अली क़दीरी , मौलाना मोहम्मद इलियास अशरफी, मौलाना शाहजहां, मोलाना रईस आलम क़दीरी , मौलाना आसिम अशरफी, मोलाना आशकार, मौलाना जहांगीर, कारी मुशर्रफ, नवाज़  अशरफ देहलवी, मोहम्मद ज़फर अशरफी के अलावा भारी संख्या में लोग मौजूद रहे सम्मलेन  का समापन  सलात व सलाम और दुआ पर हुआ ।

Mehbub-e-ilahi’s Spiritual Legacy continues to foster the Sufi way of life in India: Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchwi

Mehbub-e-ilahi, Hazrat Nimazuddin Aulia’s spiritual legacy was recalled on his 801st birthday celebration held in Delhi.



Celebrating 801st Birthday (Ghusal Sharif) of the leading Sufi Mystic of Delhi Khwaja Nizamuddin Aulia (also called mehboob e ilahi), countless devotees turned up to seek blessings at his dargah.
Popularly known as Sultan-ul-Mashaikh (king of the Sufi saints), Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya was born on 3 April 1325. He emerged as one of the pioneers of the Chishti Sufi order in the Indian Subcontinent.  For him, true love for God was translated into sincere love for humanity. The surest way to attain personal relationship with God (wisal-e-ilahi), he believed, is to render selfless service to humanity. Therefore, he came to be popularly known as as Mehboob-e-Ilahi (God’s beloved).

One of the chief Sufi guests on this occasion, Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchwi founder-president of the Sufi organization, All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board, said that “Mehbub-e-Ilahi’s legacy continues to foster the syncretic Sufi way of life in India. Cautioning people against fissiparous tendencies and rumours that have potential to rupture the secular fabric of the country, he felt that the Chishti Sufi tradition would help strengthen the secular fabric of the country.


The 14th century Indian Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was born to Bibi Zulaikha in Badaun in, a town in the Western UP. His mother’s tomb is in Adhchini village, near the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and is popularly known as Mai Sahiba ki Dargah. The 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani asserts that the overwhelming influence of this great Sufi on the people of Delhi was such that they had developed a highly evolved, progressive and secular worldview. He notes that Khwaja Nizamuddin Aulia (r.a) was the most influential Sufi mystic who represented the harmonious secular values of the Indian culture. Inspired by his spiritual masters, particularly Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Muinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, he espoused universal values in his mission of khidmat-e-khalq (service for humanity).

In the course of his conversation, Sufi Ajmal Nizami, Trustee and Gaddi Nasheen of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia shrine, stated that “at a time when Indian people were discriminated on the grounds of caste, he empowered people to transcend all distinctions of faith, caste, creed, region and race and thus became spiritual mentor for humanity at large”, he said.  Sufi Ajmal chanted excerpts from Hazrat Nizamuddin’s disciple Amir Khusrau’s Persian poetry:

Kafir-e-ishqam musalmani mara darkaar neest;

Har rag-e mun taar gashta hajat-e zunnaar neest.

Meaning: I am a pagan and a worshipper of love: the creed (of Muslims) I do not need; Every vein of mine has become taunt like a wire, the (Hindu) girdle I do not need.


 While sharing his reflections on the relevance of the spiritual Sufi ceremonies to the present turbulent times, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, classical Islamic scholar and English-Arabic-Urdu writer said that India has been the land of mystics and Sufi saints. He said that “the impact of Sufism, in contemporary India, can be seen through the prism of arts and culture”. He added that “the multi-faceted Sufi tradition reflects an essentially pluralistic and composite culture that connects people of this country beyond a great many barriers”.

Mr. Dehlvi continued: “The most redeeming features of Sufism’s appeal in India, as anywhere else, are its inherent openness, wide embrace, tolerance and its accommodating nature. Therefore, it is rightly considered a completely peaceful, non-confrontist and inclusive spiritual trend. No wonder then, a great many Indian Sufis, like Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, Baba Fariduddin of Pakpattan and Delhi’s Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Chiragh Dilli left an everlasting and magnetic impact on the elite and common masses alike”. He said that it was indeed very stimulating that the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia is keeping with its age-old dialogue-oriented tradition fostering interfaith harmony.

The 801st birthday celebrations of Hazrat Nimazuddin Auliya were held at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi. A large number of devotees came to offer their prayers and the shrine was decorated with lights and flowers. Every year, the birth celebrations take place in the courtyard of his dargah in central Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, a historic village that also houses a Jahangir-era monument called Chausath Khamba and the grave of Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.

Sufi Ajmal Nizami, trustee of the Dargah Sharif, said, “The 801st birthday of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is a very auspicious occasion. We have hosted a grand function, where we had multiple Sufi cultural events such as Langar (distribution of foods), Qawwali (whole night), Ghusl (bath of the holy grave) and Chadar Poshi (offering Ghilaf) with a closing ceremony-Dua at the shrine.”  The ceremony also arranged a special qawwali session by the famed Nizami Bandhu (Nizami Brothers), who entertained the crowd with their trademark numbers.

As usual, the shrine’s courtyard played host to a qawwali session that lasted for the whole night. Despite the freezing cold weather, hundreds of people sat in the dargah throughout the night. They were very keen to be blessed on this special night, listening to the qawwalis and especially the verses (kalaams) of Ameer Khusro, the Sufi musician, poet and scholar whose tomb is also in the dargah, and who is an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent.

However, in a single night, the qawwals could not cover the vast range of Khusro’s poetry that marks his infinite love for the Mehbub-e-Ilahi. It is worth mentioning that Khusro’s love arose out of the deep relationship and reverence he had with Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, looking up to him as his sole source of inspiration.  He strongly believed that the spiritual guru alone can transform one’s being into the divine, and this requires the complete surrender of the ego through service. No wonder then, Amir Khusro spent all his life serving in the kitchen of Hazrat Nizamuddin’s daily langar (food freely served to all the shrine visitors, without distinction of faith and creed).


ایشیا پیسی فک استنبول کانفرنس

آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے ’’اسلامی تحریکات اور ایشیا پیسی فک پر ان کے مضر اثرات‘‘ کے موضوع پر ترکی کے شہر استنبول میں ایک بین الاقوامی کانفرنس میں شرکت کی ۔ اس سہ روزہ کانفرنس کی تاریخیں 13سے 16اکتوبر 2015تک کی تھیں جن میں شرکت کے لئے صدر بورڈ حضرت مولانا کچھوچھوی 12اکتوبر کو روانہ ہو گئے ۔
یہ ایک بین الاقوامی اجتماع تھا جس میں آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے ہندوستانی مسلمانوں کی نمائندگی کی ۔ انہوں نے دنیا کے موجودہ حالات پر اپنی بر جستہ تقریر کا آغاز یہ بتا تے ہو ئے کیا کہ اسلام کے نام پر کچھ لوگ کچھ کر رہے ہیں اور ان کی قیادت کر نے والا بھی کوئی عالم ہے ۔ حضرت مولانا کی تقریر کا لہجہ ہمہ گیر اور مصالحتی تھا ۔کسی بین الاقوامی فارم میں اپنے ملک کی نما ئندگی ایک خاص قسم کی ہنر مندی اور علمیت کا تقاضہ کرتی ہے جس کا اظہار صدر بورڈ نے عقلمندی کے ساتھ کیا ۔ انہوں نے اپنی تقریر اردو کے ایک حرف ع سے شروع کی اور بتا یا کہ علم اور عشق دونوں الفاظ جس پہلے حرف سے شروع ہو تے ہیں وہ ع ہے ۔ اور ایک لفظ عین ہے جس کے معنیٰ آنکھ کے ہیں ۔کسی کی بصیرت اس وقت تک مکمل نہیں ہو سکتی جب تک اس کی دونوں آ نکھیں کام نہ کرتی ہوں ،اسی طرح کسی شخصیت کی تکمیل کے لئے علم اور عشق دونوں کی ضرورت ہے ۔ کوئی بھی شخص علم اور عشق میں سے کسی ایک چیز سے محروم ہے تو وہ چوٹ لگاتا ہے ۔کچھ تحریکیں چل رہی ہیں جن کی قیادت کرنے والا بھی عالم ہے ۔ یہ عالم ایسا ہے جس کے پاس علم ہے ۔ لیکن عشق یعنی عشق رسول ﷺ نہیں ہے ۔ 12045528_1164201050275883_5202335244369338822_o
صدر بورڈ نے کہا کہ ہندوستان میں مسلمانوں کی آبادی 15فیصد ہے ۔ بلا شبہ واقعات ہوتے ہیں لیکن ان کے باوجود آئین کے تحت ہندوستان میں مذہبی آزادی کی ضمانت دی گئی ہے اور ہندوستانی مسلمان ایک بڑی حد تک اس آزادی کے ساتھ اپنے مذہب پر کا ر بند ہیں۔ ہندوستان میں اسلام سمندر کے راستے کیرالہ میں آیا ۔ وہاں سے پھیلنا شروع کیا لیکن ہندوستان کے قلب میں اسلام کی تبلیغ کا کام خواجہ معین الدین چشتی رحمۃ اللہ علیہ نے کیا جنہوں نے اپنی تبلیغ کا مرکز راجستھان کے اجمیر میں بنایا تھا ۔ خواجہ غریب نواز نے عوام سے رابطہ قائم کرنے ،علم بانٹنے ،امن ،ہم آہنگی ،اتحاد ،بقائے باہم اور محبت کا پیغام پھیلایا ۔ ان کے حسن اخلاق اور ان کی تعلیمات نے 90لاکھ افراد کو اسلام کی طرف راغب کیا ۔ آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے اس پس منظر میں مسلم معاشرے میں سماجی درجہ بندی کی ایک نئی تعریف پیش کی اور کمال ہوشیاری کے ساتھ انہوں نے سٹلر ،پراسپکٹس اور پایو نیر کا مفروضہ پیش کیا ۔سماجی درجہ بندی کی اس نئی تعریف میں سٹلر (عام آدمی)وہ ہیں جو زندگی کی روز مرہ کی ضرورتوں کی تکمیل میں الجھے رہتے ہیں ۔ مسلمانوں کا یہ طبقہ بہت بڑی اکثریت میں ہے ۔ 80فیصد تک ۔ اس طبقے کی تمام توجہ روٹی ،کپڑا ،مکان کے حصول پر لگی ہو تی ہے اور اس کا سارا وقت اور توانائی اسی میں صرف ہو جا تی ہے ۔ یہ لوگ مزدور ہو تے ہیں ، کسان ہوتے ہیں ، چھوٹے کاروباری ہو تے ہیں ، مڈل کلاس اسی میں ہوتا ہے ، اپر مڈل کلاس اسی میں ہوتا ہے لیکن کئی نسلوں کی محنت ،مشقت کے بعد اسی طبقے میں سے کچھ لو گ ترقی کر کے سرمایہ دار ، ماہر ین تعلیم ،تاجر اور صنعت کار بن جا تے ہیں ۔ یہ ترقی یافتہ طبقہ ہے جسے آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے پراسپکٹس کا نام دیا اور بتا یا کہ یہ آبادی میں 20فیصد ہیں ۔ یہ طبقہ اور سے اور کے لئے ہلکان رہتا ہے ۔ اس طبقے کا پایو نیر سے کوئی تعلق نہیں رہ گیا جب کہ اسلامی تاریخ گواہ ہے کہ ابھی تین صدیوں پہلے تک پا یو نیر ہی اصل رہبر ہوا کرتا تھا ۔شاہان اور سلاطین پا یو نیر کی بات مانتے تھے ، اس کا احترام کرتے تھے اور پایو نیر انہیں سٹلروں پر مشتمل عوام کی فلاح و بہبود یقینی بنانے کے لئے پراسپکٹس کو تحریک دیتا تھا ۔ اس طرح سے خدمت خلق کا سلسلہ جا ری تھا ۔ اور پا یو نیر پراسپکٹس اور سٹلر کے درمیان باہمی رشتہ بنا ہوا تھا ۔ یہ نظام چور چور کر دیا گیا ۔ لوگ پا یو نیر سے آزاد ہو گئے ۔ اس آزادی نے آزاد لیڈر پیدا کئے اور آزاد تحریکیں بھی پیدا کر دیں اور یہ تحریکات ایشیا پیسی فک خطہ سمیت پوری دنیا میں تباہی پھیلا رہی ہیں ۔
ایشیا پیسی فک بھی ان تحریکات کے مضر اثرات سے اتنا ہی نقصان اٹھا رہا ہے جتنا دنیا کے بعض دوسرے علاقے ۔ کہیں وہا بی ازم ہے ،کہیں سلفی ازم ہے ۔ اسلام کا اصل پیغام امن کا ہے ۔ لیکن اسلام کے کچھ پیرو کاروں نے تشدد کا راستہ اختیار کر لیا ہے ۔ کیونکہ ادھر کی تین صدیوں میں اس نظام سے پا یو نیر کا ربط منقطع ہو گیا ۔سترہوں صدی تک اسلام انسانیت کی خدمت کر رہا تھا ۔ مسلمانوں نے الجبرا کی دریافت کی ۔ علم نجوم میں کمال حاصل کیا ۔ وہ موجد بھی تھے اور معلم بھی ۔ لیکن سترہویں صدی کے بعد کے دور میں حالات بگڑتے چلے گئے ۔ ساری علمی اور عملی سرمایہ کاری کسی دوسرے شعبے میں کی گئی ۔ اور اس کے نتیجے میں ایسی تحریکات شروع ہو ئیں جنہیں آج تشدد اور تباہی کی فکر کے طور پر جانا جا تا ہے ۔
آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے اپنی تقریر ان لفظوں پر ختم کی کہ مجھے یقین ہے کہ اسلامی معاشروں میں قدروں کے حقیقی نظام کو بحال کیا جا ئے تو تینوں طبقات کے درمیان ایک کار گر ربط قائم ہو جا ئے گا ۔
کانفرنس کے بعد آل انڈیا علما ء ومشائخ بورڈ کے بانی اور صدر حضرت مولانا سید محمد اشرف کچھو چھوی نے ترکی کے صدر طیب اردگان ،نائب وزیر اعظم عبد اللہ لطیف سیند اور وزیر مذہبی امور دنا یت اسری بسکن لیگی سے ملاقات بھی کی ۔ ہندوستانی مسلمانوں کے نمائندے اور ایک محترم اور معززمقرر کی حیثیت سے یہ حضرت کا ترکی کا دوسرا تھا ۔پہلا دورہ بھی بین الاقوامی کانفرنس سے متعلق ہی تھا جس میں افغانستان میں امن کی بحالی کے موضوع پر بات ہو ئی تھی ۔

اپنے قیام ترکی کے دوران بورڈ کے صدر حضرت مولانا نے استنبول اور کونیا کے علماء اور مشائخ سے ملا قات کی ۔ اس کانفرنس میں شرکت کے لئے شام سے جو وفد آ یا تھا اس کی اور بلقان کے صوفیوں کی بھی حضرت مولانا سے ملاقاتیں ہو ئیں ۔ وہ نقشبندی ،شاذلی اور رفاعی سلسلے کے علماء اور مشائخ سے بھی ملے ۔ترکی میں ہندوستانی نسل کے دو بزرگوں کی درگاہوں پر بھی حاضری دی ۔ دونوں کا تعلق اتر پردیش کے شہر الہ آباد سے ہے اور دونوں ہی چشتی سلسلے کے بزرگ ہیں ۔ ترکی کے لوگ ان میں سے ایک صوفی بزرگ کو خاموش پیر کے نام سے یاد کر تے ہیں اور دوسرے کو حضرت طاؤ س ہندی کے نام سے ۔ خاموش پیر مولانا روم کی مثنوی پڑھتے اور اس کی تشریح کر تے تھے ۔ ہندوستانی نسل کے ان دونوں صوفیا ء کی درگاہوں پر حاضری کے بعد آل انڈیا علماء ومشائخ بورڈ کے صدر نے مقامی میو نسپل کارپوریشن کے حکام ملاقات کی اور ان سے درخواست کی کہ ان دونوں ہندوستانی صوفیاء کی درگاہوں کے انتظام و انصرام میں بہتری لا ئیں اور وہاں زیادہ سے زیادہ بنیادی سہولتیں فراہم کریں ۔ میو نسپل حکام نے انہیں یقین دلایا کہ دونوں درگاہوں کا وہ معمول سے زیادہ خیال رکھیں گے ۔ قیام ترکی کے دوران کانفرنس سے بچے ہو ئے وقت میں بورڈ کے صدر نے مقامی حکا م سے رابطہ قائم کر کے مذہبی مقامات کے انتظام کی تکنیکی باریکیوں کے بارے میں واقفیت حاصل کی ۔ اس کانفرنس میں افغانستان ، ملیشیا ، انڈونیشیا، چین ،کمبوڈیا ، آسٹریلیا ، نیوزی لینڈ ، پاکستان ، بورنیو ، مالدیپ ،برو نئی، نیپال ،بنگلہ دیش ، سری لنکا سنگا پور ، جاپان ، ویت نام اور ساؤ تھ کو ریا سمیت 37ملکوں سے شرکت کے لئے 125مندو بین آ ئے تھے۔

AIUMB President spoke in First Asia-Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit in Turkey

12045528_1164201050275883_5202335244369338822_oHazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf, president and founder of All India Ulama &Mashaikh Board attended Istanbul Conference on “Islamic movements and its ill effects on Asia Pacific”. The dates o f the three days conference were 13th to 16thOctober 2015. He left New Delhi on 12th October.

This was an international gathering in which Hazrat represented Indian Muslims. He started his extempore speech on the current state of affairs asking to see through the game played by Islamists who are also clerics. The tone of the speech was conciliatory and inclusive. Representing India in any international forum needs some tact and knowledge, which was displayed wisely and brilliantly by the president AIUMB.

He started with AIN, a letter in Urdu, Arabic, Persian alphabet to describe that ilm and ishq both words (equivalent to love and knowledge in English) start from ain. Ain also means eye. Anyone can not have complete vision unless he has both the eyes i.e. both ain works in harmony. To complete a personality you need both love and knowledge. Those who are deprived of one of them either ishq or ilm, inflict damage. There are movements that are led by clerics. These clerics have knowledge (ilm) but they lack love for the prophet (Ishq e Rasool)

He said Indian Muslims are 15 % in country’s population. Though there are aberrations, yet India guarantees freedom of faith under the constitution and Indian Muslims enjoy that freedom on a great level. Islam came to India through ocean and landed in Kerala but in heartland India it was propagated by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti R.A. who made Ajmer in Rajasthan, his base for connecting with people and dispensing knowledge and preaching peace, harmony, unity, co existence and love. Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti alone attracted 900 lacks of people toward Islam through his preaching and practices.


In this context, Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Ashraf dwelled much on redefining the social strata among the Muslims and was brilliant enough to place his theory of settlers, prospectus and pioneer. In his redefinition of social strata, settlers are those who live to remain confined with the everyday needs of life.  They are in huge majority, to say 80%. House, food, cloths engage their attention and eat up all their energy and time while these workers, peasants  small business men, middle class , upper middle class  and professionals grow in generations to graduate  to the next class which is to be named Prospectus. Prospectus (about 20%) consists of elite class Capitalists, Academicians, business men, industrialists and so on. This class harps on achieving more and more and in these process losses his connect with the Pioneer. While, historically Pioneer was the main guide some centuries ago. Kings and rulers used to obey and pay respects to the pioneer .Pioneer (some 5 % to 10% in the population) used to guide the prospectus to secure welfare for the public mostly consisting settlers. In this way there was a systemic line up between the pioneer, prospectus and settlers. This system has wrecked. People are thriving on freedom from the pioneer and that is why there are independent leaders and movements doing much harm to the world including Asia pacific region which is the topic of the day.


ASIA Pacific is suffering like any other part of the globe. Somewhere there is Wahhabism, somewhere there is Salafism. The message of Islam has been peace but the followers of Islam have taken route of violence because the pioneer link is missing from the system in these three centuries. Till 17Tth   century Islam was serving the humanity in each field of knowledge. Muslims invented Algebra. They worked a lot on Astronomy. They were inventors and academicians but after 17th Century period things went bad. All the academic and other investments were done in another sphere and the movements were shape to be finally recognized as ideology of death and destruction.

Even the kings in Ottoman Empire used to derive strength from the pioneer. The system was productive. Pioneer was effective in making prospectus to take care of the settlers.


Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Ashraf concluded is speech by saying; I am of the strong opinion that the real value system in Islamic societies must be restored to make a productive connection between the three.

After the conference he met President Tayyip Erdogan, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Latif Sener and also the Minster of Religious Affairs Dinayet Iseri Baskanligi.It was his second visit of Turkey as representative of Indian Muslims and also as a respected and admired panellist. First was also related to an international conference on Peace in Afghanistan.


During his stay in Turkey, President of the Board also met with Ulama & Mashaikh of Istanbul and Konya. Members of Syrian delegation in the conference also had a meeting with President of AIUMB apart from Sufis of Balkans. It was also an occasion to see clerics of Naqshbandi, Shazli and Rafai orders. President of the Board recorded his attendance in two Khanqahs of Indian Sufis in Turkey .Both of these two Sufis have their roots in Allahabad in UP. Both are from Chishty order. The people in Turkey remember one of them as   Khamosh Peer and the other as Hazrat Ta’ous Hindi. Khamosh peer used to   recite and explain Masnavi of Maulana Rome. After visiting the Khanqah of these two Sufis of Indian origin, the President AIUMB met Municipal authorities to request them to take care of these Dargahs of Indian Sufis and make more arrangements for providing basic amenities there. Authorities were kind to assure they would take extra care of these two Khanqahs. During each outing the President AIUMB created contacts with authorities to have more and more knowledge about the technicalities of manning and managing religious places.

Some 125 delegates who gathered to attend this conference had come to represent 37 countries including Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Borneo, Maldives, Brunei, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea.