LAHORE - The speakers at a sitting on Hazrat Sheikh Ahmad Sarhindi popularly known as Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Sani and Imam-i-Rabbani said that the saint appeared on the scene when the real face of Islam had been befogged by the Mughal emperor Akbar’s Din-i-Ilahi.

Addressing a special sitting at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, they said that Din-i-Ilahi was an amalgamation of the teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Janism and Zoroastrianism. Inspired by his spiritual guide Hazrat Baqi Billah, the Imam-e-Rabbani set out on a mission to eradicate all the un-Islamic innovations and reveal the eternally valid true teachings of Islam.

They added: “The pseudo scholars and sham mystics attached to emperor Jahangir’s court threw every hurdle in his way, but the Islam-i-Rabbani, after serving a three-year detention in the Gwoliar Fort, was able to make Jahangir regret his excesses and thus restored Islam to its pristine purity.

“Allama Muhammad Iqbal inferred the two-nation theory from his message and the Quaid-i-Azam, a man of action, secured a separate state for the Indian Muslims.”

The special ceremony was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust, who included the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof Rafique Ahmad, Mian Jalil Ahmad Sharqpuri, Allama Mansha Tabish Kasuri, Allama Shehzad Ahmad Mujaddadi, Maulana Shafi Josh and Maulana Sher Muhammad Naqashabandi. Sheraz Bhatti conducted the proceedings of the event.

NPT Chairman Rafique Tarar observed, in his message, that the Imam-i-Rabbani saved the Indian Muslims from terrible confusion regarding their religion. “He refused to bow before the emperor Jehangir and suffered detention for three years. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a great admirer of the Imam-i-Rabbani and paid a visit to his shrine.”

It was the Imam-i-Rabbani who first of all conceived the two-nation theory which heralded a separate homeland for the Indian Muslims through Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam, Tarar added.

It is the need of the hour to stem the cultural onslaught of the Hinduistic and western civilizations by seeking guidance from the message of the Imam-i-Rabbani, he urged.

NPT vice chairman Prof Rafique Ahmad emphasised the need for educating and training young ones on the right lines, so that they could enhance the prestige of Pakistan in the comity of nations. “Sheikh Ahmad Sarhindi boldly countered the Mughal emperor Akbar’s secular onslaught on the religious and cultural basis of the Muslims of South Asia,” he said.

Mian Jalil Ahmad Sharqpuri observed that the Imam-i-Rabbani purified Islam of all the un-Islamic elements that had been introduced into it by Akbar’s amalgamation of the teachings of all the religions. After a thousand years, he revived Islam in its original form. It is the duty of the true scholars and mystics to provide guidelines for the rulers as to how to rule justly and fairly.

Allama Muhammad Tabish Kasuri said that the saints and mystics played a great role in spreading Islam in the sub-continent. When Jahangir expressed his regret and ordered the release of the Imam-i-Rabbani, the latter asked him to first do away with all the un-Islamic practices.

Allama Shahzad Ahmad Mujaddadi emphasised the need for perusing the letters written by the Imam-i-Rabbani to the officials of Jehangir’s court to know how a peaceful revolution could be brought about.

Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh said that it was incumbent on everyone to say what is right without fear and compunction. The Imam-i-Rabbani did away with all the unworthy elements introduced into the real teachings of Islam, he added.

Maulana Sher Muhammad Naqshbandi observed that knowledge, action and sincerity are the hallmarks of every saint.