Myciticsm looms over the 8th Sufi Rang International Festival in Ajmer

The 8th Sufi Rang festival started with a thunderous opening on 18th Dec , in Sama khana of Dargah sheriff of Spiritual Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin chisty. With the motto of “ Love towards all and malice towards none”. The festival had participant from all over the world and in all categories. Artiste from America, Middle East, Turkey,  Rajkot, Mumbai Okara (Pakistan), Ahmedabad, Bharuch , Ajmer, New Delhi, and Tonk all were there , with their masterpieces, for exhibit.

Prof . Leroy Parkar from California was there with his vision to break the paradigm and his method , as he himself said that anticipatory-Preparotory which involves breaking down the idea of a finished masterpiece .Artist and painter Kaveh Afraie from Istanbul (Turkey) chose the modern Calligraphy and graffic effect in Sharjah Calligraphy Biennale.His work of “Bismillah” written over 22000 times on a parrot won the hearts of the thousands who visitwd the festival, over a period of 5 days.

Jnab Abdul Kader Upleta from Rajkot , is a well known calligrapher who has done numerous paintings on wood, stone, canvass and embossing work. His one masterpiece , which attracted large appreciation was a full painting of the dargah sheriff which had illuminated light, as it is. He told me that he was only provided a photo of the it by Syed Salman Chisty and it took him only 22 days to eproduce the same on canvass. It looked as if the Faristhas had just walked down in the paintings.Shahid Ansari Hussain gave a glittering display of his artwork in form of Zari and silver work. His one special work of the santum santorium of the mausoleum , in silver work was the highlight of the festival.

Other notable artist, whose work was on display were that of Ghaiyassuddin from Mumbai, Shaid Rehman from Ahmedabad, Qamar Dagar from New Delhi Mehmood Shiekh from Mumbai, Khateeb Ghaiyassuddin from Mumbai.

All the artist, both from India and abroad were felicitated by the Sufi Foundation , in the traditional manner , by winding up of Pagri , momemtos, and certificate by the members of the Anjuman Syed  Zadgan ,amidst thunderous applause. The mystical  side of Islam is the incredibly awareness-inducing poetry of the Sufis. One such Sufi – perhaps the most famous of them all – is Rumi. Born in 1207 in Tajikistan he went on to travel through the Middle East having fled his homeland to escape the Mongol invasion. He ended up in Konya, Turkey and, now a scholar of religious and positive sciences, joined the Mevlana (‘the masters’); otherwise known as the sacred order of the Sufis. His love of the Divine was expressed through dance (the Whirling Dervish), Magic (studying metaphysics and the laws of the universe), and poetry, of which he went on to write reams. His verse is said to transcend borders and ethnic divisions and is written in various languages including Greek, Turkish and Persian. The closest thing one could come to being a prophet without actually being one, Rumi is still widely read today. His themes centre around the concept of Tawhid – the primal root of being at one with ‘his beloved’; the essence of love that flows through everything in existence. The poetry, as with the dance of the whirling dervish who spins like a top on the spot; one hand cast up to receive God’s love where it can pass through the heart like lightning before being channeled back down to earth, is timeless and used to induce a sense of enlightenment.


Senior members of the Anjuman, namely Syed Anis Mian Chisty, Syed Wahid Husain Angaray Shah, Syed Farid Idrees Maharaj, Syed Akhtar Chisty, Syed Munnawar Chisty , Janab Qibriya sahib, Syed Ashiq Ali Chishty.

Chishty Foundation is based on the blessed vision ,principle and message of “Love towards all, Malice towards none” which is the blessed message of Hz.Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (r.a) popularly known as Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (r.a).

It’s a universal message for the whole of humanity that we may love and respect the best of creations i.e. Human beings, among all the creations of the One Almighty Creator Allah (swt).

Our aim in establishing the Chishty Foundation is to realizes a blessed vision and to create a platform for people from around the world who believe in blessed message i.e. to love and serve the Humanity ( Khidmat e Khalq ) and to spread the message with all its essence among the people of our beautiful planet Earth .

In today’s troubled times we believes that the message the great Sufi’s n Saints is the not just a way but it is the ONLY way for the solutions of the World problems and a perfect roadmap towards the Path of Love ,Peace n Brotherhood among the whole Humanity .

As part of the larger picture through the blessed platform of Chishty Foundation ,we intend to promote the blessed Sufi teachings of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz , Sufi Art of Calligraphy , Sufi Poetry culture , Sufi music and concepts of Spirituality and Music and a strong connection between a Higher state of awearness of the Divine presence through Sama and Qawalli – The Chishty Sufi’s food for the Soul .

This concept is yet to have a full vision and realization for the essence of complete Sufi understanding and teachings.(with inputs from Sufi Foundations)

Afzal Ali Shah Maududi