A mystical musical evening was held here at the Government College University Lahore at the conclusion of the fourth International Conference on Mevlana Rumi and Hadrat Sultan Bahoo.
Attended by Iranian Consul General Agha Mohammad Reza Nazeri, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Asghar Zaidi, Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Sahibzada Syed Israr-Ul-Hassan and other eminent scholars, the musical evening highlighted the message of peace, brotherhood and harmony of eminent Sufi saints.
Rising Sufi singer Raja Hamid Ali and talented students of GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society including Umme-e-Laila, Haider Ali, Wajid Mukhtar and Zahid Hashmi mesmerized the audience.
The four-day conference, titled “Preachers of human friendship, peace, tolerance and coexistence in the World”, was jointly organized by Punjab University, GCU Lahore and a non-government organization, Muslim Institute, Islamabad.
In his address, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi said that GCU gives great importance to the messages from eminent Sufis, and for this reason, they are setting up Sheikh Abul Hassan Al-Shadhili Research Center on Sufism, Science and Technology.
"In the current contemporary world, we have a lot to learn from the messages of these great Sufis, especially from Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh and Hazrat Sultan Bahoo. They teach high moral values and eliminate hate and we must follow Sufis’ teachings to promote tolerance in our society," the Vice-Chancellor said.
Chairman of Muslim Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali highlighted the need to translate the literary works of Sufi saints into different languages as these writings are a treasure of knowledge and wisdom. He also appreciated the performances of students of GCU Music Society, and acknowledged the usefulness of the Al-Shadhili Research Centre for the benefits of Muslims all over the world.
Punjab University Pro-VC Prof. Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar also addressed the mystical musical evening attended by the participants of the conference.