Hyderabad: The weather is playing hooky this year and in the midst of division rule by mischievous and evil elements in society, we had to look around very little in order to find lovely examples of religious harmony in our country.
One such example is Hyderabad and its “Ganga Jamuna Tahjeeb..” The Nizam’s City has always seemed to be India’s most integrated city and the Hindus and Muslims, for the most part, have lived with each other in harmony for decade.
Hyderabadis are used to celebrating each other’s festivals, dining on each other’s food and residual family friends for life over generations. The season of ‘Basant’ has already arrived with the celebration of ‘Basant Panchami and the Dargah of Shah Mohammed Qasim Al Ansari known as Shaik-Ji-Hali Abul Ulai “R” at Pathergatti is decorated to celebrate the “Sufi Basant Festival” on 22nd Jan’2018.
The event organizer Maulana Sufi Shah Mohammed Muzaffar Ali Chisti Abul Ulai, the current Sajjada Nasheen and Mutawalli of the dargah told Riaan.tv. about their plan to do a Mehfil-e- Nizami “Sufi Sangeet” where Khusrau’s qawwalis will be part of the music.
He further said that “Sufi Basant Festival” is observed in Pathergatti Dargah of Hyderabad from past three years and witness the true example of Communal Harmony.
“Invitees expected list includes Senior Burcrates, Diplomates and so many Intellectual,” informed by the current Sajjada Nasheen and Mutawalli of the dargah.
The event organizer mentioned that the celebrations integrate the Humanity and create an atmosphere of oneness, amity and peace.
About the Festival :
It is the first day of spring and is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja, as Sufi Basant at the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.The charismatic tale behind the Sufi Basant has its roots in the love of the poet Amir Khusro for his spiritual master – Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The 12th century Sufi Chishti saint Nizamuddin Auliya was very sad when his nephew passed away. To cheer him up, Amir Khusro, joined a group of yellow-clad ladies who were carrying marigolds on Basant Panchami and sang with them. Seeing Khusro singing with the ladies, the Khwaja smiled. Since then Sufi Basant has been celebrated in New Delhi.