LAHORE - The Nation editor-in-chief Dr Majid Nizami has said that the mystics and sufis played a pivotal part in creation of Pakistan and Hazrat Pir Syed Mehr All Shah Gilani was one of such great people.

Dr Majid Nizami expressed these views while delivering his presidential address at the special sitting for paying tribute to the saint at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i¬Pakistan on Monday. The sitting was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust, with Dr. Majid Nizami in the Chair. Sajjada Nashin Dargah¬i-Aliya Golra Sharif Sahibzada Pir Syed Ghulam Mueen-ul-Haque GiIani was the guest of honor and the speakers included Justice (r) Mian Nazir Akhtar, Zulfiqar Ahmad Rahat, and Dr Ajmal Niazi. Sheikh Abdul H amid conducted the proceedings of the sitting.

Dr Nizami observed that the true lovers of God and His Prophet (PBUH) enjoy such ecstasy as cannot even be fancied by the ordinary human beings. He recalled that Pir Syed Mehr Ali Shah Sahib once visited him.  He expressed a hoped that Pakistan might be transformed into a country as envisioned by the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Muhammad lqbal and Hazrat Pir Syed Mer All Shah Gilani.

Justice (r) Nazir Akhtar observed that Pir Syed Mehr Ali Shah learned the Holy Quran by heart when he was just a little boy. By the age of 20, he mastered the knowledge of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) traditions. He played a key role in curbing the evil of “Quadiyaniyat”.

Zulfikar Ahmad Rahat said that our great sufis, saints and mystics were instrumental in bringing this country into being and Pakistan would live forever by dint of the prayers and blessings of these spiritual personalities.

Dr Ajmal Niazi observed that the love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the elixir of life and the sovereign remedy for all ills. The life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) should be studied by all those who want success in this life as well as in the life after death that will go on through eternity. The memory of the great sufis like Pir Syed Mehr All Shah should be celebrated, renewed and cherished in order to get our wishes and goals fulfilled.

Dr Khalid Abbas reminisced that he used to meet with Pir Sahib in Medina frequently. He was a saint who conquered the hearts and minds of the people and made a huge number of Hindus embrace Islam.

At the end, Sheikh Abdul Hamid got approved the resolution that Saudi government should ban the entry of Quadiyanis in the holy places and demand an affidavit of belief in the finality of Hazrat Muhammad’s (PBUH) Prophethood on the form of pilgrimage, umra, work and visit visa.

Sajjada Nashin Astana-i-Aliya Golra Sharif Sahibzada Pir Syed Ghulam Mueen-ul-Haque Gilani led a session of prayers at the end of the sitting.