Turkish delegation visits Eidgah Sharif, reiterates affection for Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

The high-level delegation from Turkey led by Dr Ali Ergbas, Chief of Turkey’s Presidential Religious Affairs during visit to Darbar Eidgah Sharif Rawalpindi on Sunday held a meeting with the Custodian (Sajjada Nasheen) of Eidgah Sharif Pir Muhammad Naqibur Rehman and Pir Hassaan Hassebur Rehman.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Dr Noorul Haq Qadri was accompanying the delegation.

The visiting delegation comprised Imam Farrukh Masteer, Prayer Leader of Sofia Masjid, Senior Member of the Supreme Council for Religious Affairs of Turkey Mustapha Armakali and other distinguished personalities.

Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology Council (CII) Dr Qibla Ayaz, Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah, Mufti Ramzan Sialvi, Pir Junaid Anwar, Dr Pir Sajidur Rehman, Pir Syed Saadat Ali Shah, and a large number of senior religious and social figures were among those who had come to meet the visiting Turkish team.

The meeting turned out to be a highly useful and productive session that was attended by distinguished leaders and Sajjad Nasheen of various schools of thought who expressed their deep devotion and affection for the brotherly country.

Speaking on the occasion, Pir Hassaan said one reason for Pakistanis’ deep bond of love for Turkey and the people of Turkey was that a number of items of daily use belonging to Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) were being well taken care of by the Turkish government. They are well-preserved and the country and its leadership must be commended for that.

Besides, mausoleums of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari, Maulana Rum were also there and the people of Pakistan felt attached to those holy places.

Our religious, social and cultural relations trace their history back to even the pre-partition days when the Muslims of the undivided India had stood for the Khilafat Movement in support of their Turkish brothers and sisters against the occupying allied forces, he further said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ali Ergbas thanked Pir Naqib and Pir Hassaan for their hospitality and said people of Turkey had also a deep bond of affection for Pakistanis. If you ask a common Turkish citizen which country he wanted to visit, his answer would be Pakistan.

At the end of the meeting, Pir Naqibur Rehman led prayers for the welfare and prosperity of the Ummah.

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