Afghan President sends sacred chadar to Ajmer Dargah, reiterates India-Afghan bonds

By Times Of India

For the first time a sitting president of Afghanistan has sent a chadar for the Urs of iconic Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

While offering a chadar to Sufi saint Gharib Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who calls himself a “student of Sufism for over 50 years”, has said that Chishti order (of Sufism) thrives in Afghanistan. This is being seen as a strong message to the Taliban who destroyed several Sufi shrines in Afghanistan in the past.

This is significant since the Talibans follow puritanical Islam and discourage people from visiting or revering Sufi shrines.

The Afghan President’s chadar for the Urs at Ajmer Dargah and his letter to Haji Syed Salman Chishti, gaddi nashin (hereditary custodian), Dargah Ajmer Sharif and chairman, Chishty Foundation at Ajmer, marks a break from the past and also shows the weakening of the Taliban stranglehold in Afghanistan.

“It is a major boost to the bilateral relationship between India and Afghanistan. This is also a strong message to the extremists and radicals in Afghanistan who have destroyed many Sufi shrines which are centres of unity,” said Chishty.

In his letter, Ghani has reiterated the importance of Chishty order of Sufism. “Despite a thousand years, there is much to study and learn from the way the Chishty order spread from a district (Chisht) in Herat to becoming a moral force in the continent.

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