LAHORE - The speakers at an NPT sitting paid tribute to Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh on Saturday.

Federal Shariat Court Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmed presided over the sitting while TheNation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami, Justice(r) Nazir Akhtar, Justice (r) Munir Ahmed Mughal, Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Rana Muhammad Arshad and other noted people were also present.

The speakers said that Data Hajveri constituted a bright chapter in the history of the sub-continent. He is credited with establishing a centre of spirituality in the hub of idolatry and ignorance. He succeeded in making innumerable people embrace Islam.

The city of Lahore has the honor to house his shrine. Great mystics like him never die spiritually and continue showering the blessings of God on those who seek divine guidance.

Chief Justice(r) Mian Mehboob Ahmed observed that the quintessence of Ali Al-Hujveri’s teachings was to transform common man into an ideal human being. He propagated a pure and perfect mode of life.

True mysticism complies with shariah in every detail, he remarked. The former Chief Justice highlighted the importance of seeking knowledge that guarantees success not only in this life but also in the life hereafter.

Justice(r) Nazir Akhtar observed that even the great mystics of the sub-continent paid a visit to Ali Al-Hajveri’s Shrine. Khawaja Mueen-ud-Din Chishti composed some immortal verses terming him a perfect spiritual guide not only for amateurs and laymen but also for the spiritually developed ones.

Justice (r) Munir Ahmad Mughal highlighted the importance of humility in the development of the spiritual side of our personality by narrating an incident from Ali-Al Hajveri’s life.

Dr Ali Akbar Al-Azhari made the observation that the conquests made by kings are short-lived in contrast to the conquest of hearts and minds made by the Sufis like Hazrat Data Gunj Bukhsh.

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed emphasized the need for highlighting the thoughts of the great mystics who illuminated the darkness of idolatry and ignorance prevailing in the sub-continent.

Moreover, the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust is holding a sitting at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan in commemoration of Hazrat Pir Syed Mehr Ali Shah Gillani on Monday. Sajjada Nashin Dargah-i-Aliya Golra Sharif Sahibzada Pir Syed Ghulam Mueen-ul-Haque Gillani will be the guest of honour. The speakers include daily “Ausaf” Chief Editor, Justice (r) Nazir Akhtar, Dr Syed Riaz-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mufti Muhammad Mushtaq and Sheikh Abdul Hamid.