The sinister side of Sufism

It is therefore time we studied the history of Sufis, tried to track the narrative of their coming to India and analyzed their explicit missionary role in promoting conversions to Islam. More importantly, it needs to be assessed how did the Sufis conduct themselves during reckless killings and plunders by the Muslim invaders? Did they object to the senseless mass killings and try to prevent unremitting plunder of Hindu temples and innocent masses? Did the Sufis ever object to the capture of helpless men and women as slaves and the use of the latter as objects of carnal pleasure? These are some of the questions to which answers have to be found by every genuine student of Indian history.

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The sinister side of Sufism.


A grand journey through the   process where     –   experiences connecting our  destiny into prolong debts, thoughts,   words and cosmic memory on connections between   birth is   the     transformed physical body, that bring    fate to the mystery  

What we mask bottomless

In the momentous to slumber

Wrap of soil shall be.

What we be stuck on

Situate in support of beneath,

All from closing stages to start point without a stop.


Veiled from what I am 

Encountered in life the old Archangel himself as leader of the   collective darkness is the image of a dragon.

In the times of my veil evolution re-emerged   the   teaching as the reflection

Life is Understanding humanity.

An incomplete eye culture   to be   philosopher, and trapped on hot greedy illogicality soul.

Adam the ignorant   wide awake went   to get   the   population until it planned an Ark, and struggling, fighting, scrambling, screeching, snorting — the   sinking   sand. For the   evil, as Eve   the    magnificent discovery, walking naked and unashamed — soiled Adam   for wild       powers   to roasting   effects.

Won’t assist Pak PM in prayers at dargah: Ajmer Sharif head

TNN | Mar 8, 2013, 03.50 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Ajmer Sharif spiritual head has said that he will not assist Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in offering prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

“I will not welcome the Pakistani Prime Minister during his visit here in protest against the beheading of Indian soldier by Pakistani Army on LoC. The incident hurt Indians but their (Pakistan) government is not understanding our sentiments so I took the decision,” Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan told reporters here.

“It will be a dishonor to the families of the Indian soldiers who were beheaded by Pak army,” he added.

“I have no idea why he (Pakistan PM) is coming here,” Ajmer Sharif dargah dewan said.

Traditionally, when a nation head goes to the dargah, he is welcomed by the spiritual head- the descendent of the sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf is scheduled to undertake a private visit to the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer on Saturday. He will not visit New Delhi, an official said on Thursday.

Raja Pervez Ashraf will be hosted for lunch by external affairs ministerSalman Khurshid at the Hotel Rambag Palace in Ajmer on that day. “No substantive talks are scheduled” between the two sides, the external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a news briefing.

The external affairs ministry is facilitating the day-long private visit of the Pakistan prime minister, he said.

Ashraf will be accompanied by members of his family and will arrive at Jaipur on March 9 morning and depart for Ajmer.

After completing his prayers, he will depart for Jaipur and take a special flight back to Islamabadthat evening, the spokesperson said.

“He expressed a wish to visit Ajmer and we have abided by that desire. He will be extended due courtesies in accordance with diplomatic norms. All requirements that meet his needs are being met,” he added.

The visit comes around two months after ceasefire violations on the Line of Control that led to heightened tensions between the two neighbours.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had visited the 13th century shrine on April 8 last year.

Zardari had landed in Delhi and driven straight for a luncheon meeting with Prime MinisterManmohan Singh and several other leaders. He had then flown to Jaipur and taken a chopper to Ajmer, where he spent around 20 minutes and offered flowers and chadar at the shrine.

He had been accompanied by his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and had also donated $1 million to the shrine.

(With inputs from ANI, IANS)


ISFI 2013 – Lifts the Veil


Humanity’s reception of this sacred legacy will be accompanied by the act of freeing the information withheld by the most powerful   act.

This festival Divine Abode & Marwah Studios brings in the 3rd edition of the ISFI to be held in Ajmer from 2-6th October 2013.

 She is of Knowledge – She is of Power – She is of Values – She is the Force of Light 

The Divine Feminine the Spirit of every woman – The Ganga, Durga , Ila’h , Hali , Lia‘h


the Glory of the Celestial the Divine Shekinah

 “LIFT THE VEILS” Needless to say,   a positive influence from the  Brotherhood  of our own efforts.

Since the start women have at all time played a vital role in all our lives. It’s time  we grant her the equitable position. The ISFI festival in its 3rd year with the noble mission to lead   towards  the divine Planetary and Cosmic History is fundamental. This year lets get together and welcome the Mother Home….. says Sandeep Marwah, President Marwah Studios

Today, as in the times of the  return of the Light to the world, the   points toward the reconnection of the   advent of the Cosmic lines. The “Code of The Return,” expressed by the activating number   an extraordinary event for the planet.

She who came, taught rose from death and   triumphed for humanity’s sake is returning to our planet to evaluate the process…

Sufi Conference , Film Festival, Literature Festival , Art Festival and the Grand Musical Concert dedicated to the Feminine aspect of God. All Entry free for all days for all concerts

‘ This festival is certainly extraordinary with a striking subject welcoming the feminine facet of the spirit. This year a open event where performer can hum in the magnificence of the celestial Light. The event is a non commercial event and artists are requested to come on their own cost. While   we intend to preserve the purity of the commitment from all point. It must be of free will and not on a profitable assessment as   ISFI is been tremendously unique from the day it began’ said  Cultural Director ( ISFI)  Dr Sudeep Rai

 There are no tickets and seating will be on first come first serve basis only. We do not accept any bookings or reservation.

 All details will be available on

Audience can come without hesitating with family and friends. If you require any information kindly write to us on



Dirty Picture


IQBAL HASAN’S PAINTING of a young woman sitting on a chair with an older woman standing beside her makes for the cover of Anuradha Marwah’s third and latest novel Dirty Picture. As a reader and someone who has seen these paintings in a plush Lahore restaurant called The Cuckoo’s Den, incidentally located in the  heart of the city’s red light area, I immediately identified it as one of several painted by the artist to document the lives of prostitutes in this area. Most locals are shy of admitting to the existence of prostitution in the city. For them, the red light area in the forted city still has certain mujra performances by ‘artists’ and nothing else. The painting illustrates in brush strokes what Anuradha Marwah documents in words – exploitation of women and the lower classes through a deep-rooted mechanism of inequitable gender constructions often obfuscated by ill-disguised hypocrisy.

The novel has been read as a fictionalised documentation of the Ajmer Sex Scandal of 1992. However, Dirty Picture, tracing the personal narratives of two sisters Reena and Bharti, uses the incident as a site to critique exploitation at the levels of gender and class.


Reena and Bharti live very different lives yet their narratives absurdly merge into each other’s forthright questions about notions of love and consent. Reena, divorced from a man who was struggling with substance abuse, is engaged to the married CEO of the company that employs her. She lives a seemingly comfortable life in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai weaving dreams of a married life with her boss, Suhas, a middle-aged man inebriated by the power he wields.

In Ajmer, Bharti lives a life driven by idealism and a desire to make a difference to the parochial town and its regressive outlook. To gain clout in college politics, she befriends local politicos Anish and Sarosh, which in itself is a scandal as these are Muslim men. Sucked into a vortex of political intrigue, Bharti finds herself involved in a sex racket with no one to turn to and nowhere to go. She looks at her sister for help in the hope of escaping an Alcatraz of impending shame but Reena is caught up in her relationship, which she realizes will never evolve into more than that of mistress.

A novel that gains momentum with each word hurtling towards its fatalistic conclusion, this reads more like a journalistic account than a work of fiction. The universe of Dirty Picture has no clean edges to it. The world of Reena and Bharti leave the readers with a keen sense of discomfort. The journalistic gaze gains strength in the section on the making of the blue film where the writer assumes a stationary camera angle and pens an otherwise traumatic imagery in monotone, thus de-fetishising the woman’s body. De-sensationalising the issue was the writer’s concern and the literary tools that she uses to describe the sexual scenes in the novel achieve the purpose quite effectively.

Marwah’s writing has often been called manly. This refers perhaps to the way she handles sex in her works. According to her, when people say she does not write like a woman, they mean her writing is not internal and domesticated. She says this is only a perception about fiction by women. She herself finds writing an exercise in androgyny. The demeanour of the book as well as the attitude to writing seems like a simultaneous exercise in involvement and objectivity for the writer.

Unlike her first two novels, The  Higher Education of Geetika Mehendiratta and Idol Love,which negotiate the space between the personal and the political without locating a concrete political centre, Marwah’s third novel is honest, brave and candid. She fleshes out each character — even the ‘villains’ — so non-judgmentally that they could be any of us. The nonchalant prose disallows prejudice as reader’s judgments too are suspended and deferred, nudged towards a desire for deeper analysis. During her extensive research for the novel, the writer came across a number of reactions and observations to the scandal. She documents some of these in the introduction to her novel: ‘Ajmer tapes’ are still freely available in the blue-film circuit. Muslim men consider it their obligation to ‘spoil’ Hindu girls. The real culprits have escaped; the arrested men are scapegoats. The real culprits are bureaucrats and politicians; the arrested men are scapegoats. Why did the girls keep going back to their tormentors? Could it be that they were enjoying the sex act? Certain Hindu sub-communities have issued whips against their boys marrying girls from Ajmer. Three of the girls involved in the sex scandal have committed suicide. It wasn’t suicide; the families murdered their girls to escape the stigma. What else could they have done?’

The victims of the scandal either committed suicide or are leading their lives in anonymity denying any association to the scandal that shocked the whole country. The victims have been coerced by the same socio-political paradigms to erase or at least pretend to erase all memory of the event. Dirty Picture challenges such an erasure, the coercive structures that first conceive and then erase such shameful memories, the facade of notions of women’s emancipation within such structures, and most importantly, the networks that centres of power operate to veil their existence.

As Manju Kapoor, the author of Difficult Daughters writes, “This is a story that needs to be told, but because of its complexity, it is not an easy story to tell. But Anuradha persisted, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude that she did. This particular incident at least will not be covered by the dust of ages.”

Dirty Picture, Author: Anuradha Marwah, Delhi: Indialog Publications November 2008, Price: Rs 195.


Alas The Miracle did not take place

Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India

Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AJMER: The two women who jumped into the burning deg (cauldron) two days ago in the dargah died in a hospital on Saturday.

Sarina (23) and Salfaja Zulfat (58) came to offer prayers in the dargah from Kerala. Sarina jumped in the deg when it was cooking about 2,400kg grain. To save the girl, her mother Zulfat also jumped in. They were rushed to JLN hospital for treatment and on Saturday the mother  and  daughter died. Sarina brother in  Dubai  informed about the death. He will reach here on Sunday,” said police.

According to spectators, the girl jumped into the deg to keep her promise after her wish was fulfilled. The khadim groups condemned the superstition of devotees coming here and said that Khwaja Moinuddin worked all his life to eradicate superstitions.

 Statements of spectators as per the police that devotee Sarina and her mother Zulfat from Kerala came to Ajmer on Thursday and offered chadder in the crypt and then remained in the dargah. “They are regular devotees and visited the dargah often,” added a khadim. When the deg started burning and was boiling, Sarina, who was standing near it, jumped into it and to save her, her mother jumped too. Some years ago, a devotee also did the same thing and died afterwards in a hospital.

This is  the story that is come from the Media of our country. Such atrocious statement which only fools will believe. I have never heard of any such superstitious ritual. Thou I have heard of suicide due to injustice. Perhaps like the 7 laws of Noah this is a new ritual   one jumps to commit suicide for Love of God and the Saint.

Alas The Miracle ” Keramat” did not take place . Infact I was expecting a miracle like Sarina and her Mother are out of the Deg and laughing. However sad it did not happen thou many told me that there will be a miracle which happened long back when our ancestors were hindus.






Women in India still face discrimination and oppression. the threat is more severe for girls and women who live in societies where women’s rights mean practically nothing. Women in every society are vulnerable to abuse. In some cultures, the physical and psychological trauma of rape is compounded by an additional stigma. In cultures that maintain strict sexual codes for women, if a woman steps out of bounds——she WILL be  dishonored to  be disciplined. Often, discipline means execution. Society  commit “honor killings” to salvage the reputation tainted by disobedient women.

Education is the tool that can help break the pattern of gender discrimination and bring lasting change for women in developing countries.

Educated women are essential to ending gender bias, starting by reducing the poverty that makes discrimination even worse in the developing world. The most basic skills in literacy and arithmetic open up opportunities for better-paying jobs for women. Uneducated women in rural areas  live in poverty as those who have had eight or more years of education. The longer a girl is able to stay in school, the greater her chances to pursue worthwhile employment, higher education, and a life without the hazards of extreme poverty.

Women who have had some schooling are more likely to get married later, survive childbirth, have fewer and healthier children, and make sure their own children complete school. They also understand hygiene and nutrition better and are more likely to prevent disease by visiting health care facilities.

Girls’ education also means comprehensive change for a society. As women get the opportunity to go to school and obtain higher-level jobs, they gain status in their communities. Status translates into the power to influence their families and societies.

You can help pull down the barriers and begin to bring change for women by not being a part of such system where women will be looked down . By building infrastructure and providing  education programs   in  resources to create healthy and stable lives. That takes the burden of mere survival of young women and gives them the time to get  practical steps and avoid such places which is unsafe. There are practices like blackmagic and mind control which makes the woman have a magnetic effect towards the Abuser.

Perhaps I can differentiate between a woman who is a victim of some game and a sex worker. Therefore in my view every woman does not come with the intention of exploiting themselves. Perhaps the devotion blinds them and since the internet too is a large trap women are most times in a web laid by some vindictive agenda oriented strategies for girls’ as part of their initial  plans. It has also started a movement to monitor  and teachers to ensure that girls get a appropriate perceptions of  visions and insights of the prophets and sons of God.

You can help begin to change the lives of women around the world by  raising awareness today. Children .  You can support  the obstacles to ending gender discrimination  that is rising.

Who is the purest of all ?

New Delhi: The Congress government of Narasimha Rao in 1991 had started appointing politicians at Dargah Committee of the shrine of sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and the tradition has continued till date. Muslim Ekta Manch, an umbrella body of Muslim caste panchayats in Ajmer, says it has sullied the image of Dargah Committee and caused grave mismanagement of the shrine. The Manch, therefore, has now demanded Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to end the tradition and reconstitute the committee with clean, honest and religious people.


Dargah Committee is a constitutional body under the Government of India. It is constituted every five year under Dargah Khawaja Saheb Act 1955. Central Government appoints nine-member committee who among them elects a president and a vice president for every one year.


“Since Mughal period to British regime till Independent India the Ajmer dargah was managed by Islamic scholars, religious heads and people attached with Sufism,” said Muzaffar Bharti, Media In-charge of Muslim Ekta Manch. But in 1991 the Congress laid foundation of political appointment at the committee.


“Congress followed the tradition by passing the act in 1955 but in the Congress govt of 1991 social justice minister Sitaram Kesri appointed MPs Tarique Anwar and Syed Shahabuddin at the Dargah Committee and thus laid foundation of handing over this religious place to politicians,” said Bharti.


In May 2003 BJP government at the centre formed the Dargah Committee and included BJP workers and the entire term of the committee was controversial as much as that a social group had to move Delhi high court to dissolve the committee, it was first time in the history of the committee.


In August 2007, minority affairs minister AR Antuley held the then committee for mismanagement and infighting and dissolved it and formed the present committee, but he too included workers from Congress and UPA-1 allies.


This has resulted in mismanagement in properties of the dargah, tenants, misuse of dargah guest house and vehicles by dargah committee members causing loss of lakhs, said Bharti, who on behalf of the Manch has sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi to block entry of politicians or people with political background to the committee.


Talking to TCN over phone from Ajmer, Muzaffar Bharti said: “We have demanded Sonia Gandhi to block entry of political personalities in the Dargah Committee. We have also demanded to reconstitute the committee (whose term ended on 23rd August 2012) with honest and religious people. We have also demanded to order probe into the entire term of current committee.” He said there are allegations of corruption and misuse of Dargah properties by the committee members.


In March 2012, Advocate Suhel Tirmizi, a member of the committee had made allegations of corruption against members of the committee and wrote to Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid but rather than probing the allegations, the ministry put the letter in cold storage, alleged Bharti adding that Khurshid is considering renominating some present members ignoring corruption charges against them.


“Besides Tirmizi’s letter which had documentary proofs, we too handed him a letter with documents when he visited the Dargah last year to offer chador on behalf of Sonia Gandhi, but so far no action has been taken,” said Bharti.


“To save the image of UPA, political workers should be kept out of the Dargah committee and government should include those people who are clean and have passion to serve the pilgrims of the dargah,” the Manch said in the letter demanding Sonia to intervene in the case and order probe into the entire term of the present committee and filing cases against the guilty. The letter was signed by Shekhzada Zulfikar Chishti, president, Gharib Nawaz Sufi Mission Society, Sarwar Siddiqui, president, Taragarh Dargah Committee, Muzaffar Bharti, Haji Noor Mohammad, Ismail Bohra and working committee members of the Manch.


Asked if the Manch has some hidden interest behind the demands, Muzaffar Bharti said: We are a social organization working in various fields like child rights, women rights and other social issues. We have no connection with dargah or dargah committee. We have no hidden interest.


He further categorically said: “None of the Manch members have applied for membership of the Dargah Committee. We are not interested in it. If anyone of us is appointed at the Dargah Committee, he will resign next day.” But he also warned that if corrupt persons are reappointed the Manch will move the court.


“If Khurshid reappoints any present member who is facing corruption charges, the Manch will move the High Court,” said Bharti.

Monsoon Raga’s 2013


The monsoon is here and so are a shower of festivals.The heat that sends classical circuits in India . The rains will finally ‘covered’ India and  various monsoon festivals.

Over the next few  months, audiences will be treated to the awesome, cloud-busting notes of Miyan ki Malhar, Surdasi Malhar, Ramdasi Malhar, the sombre Megh and several variants of these ragas.

The first wave of monsoon , after the first showers of the season. There is nothing more off-putting than musical visions of clouds and words outside is sizzling.

Indian classical arts,  and music are highly sensitive to the state of nature, wired to shift shape with the time of the day and season. “If you just open your mind to its incredible beauty you can sense how it does this, ”

The malhar theme is a great hook to draw audiences to classical concerts. They may or may not get the finer nuances of the combination of notes and scales, but it’s impossible not to be moved by the grandeur of the music.

A Gist of Ajmer


English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India

English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Girl raped by khadim




TNN Jan 20, 2011, 05.50am IST

AJMER: A 21-year-old girl, who had come to visit the Ajmer dargah in June 2010, with her college group from Gurgaon, was allegedly abducted by a khadim and raped for the past seven months. The girl alleged she was given drugs and was also raped by two of his brothers. When she became pregnant, the accused, on gunpoint asked her to get the child aborted. On Wednesday, she went to the SP and demanded action against the accused.

A young girl who appeared before the Superintendent of Police demanded action against the accused. Bano said, “My khadim Hassan Nyaji after the worship took me to his home for a cup of tea and some parsad. There he put some drug in the glass of clod drink and when I opened my eyes after was bounded” accused Bano.

She said that since then she was used to live in a close room and most of the time in influence of drugs, “They came many times in a day and raped me for long. The pain and counts become endless” cried Bano. According to her, when she realized that she is pregnant, she informed the accused Nyaji about the conceiving, “he slept me and asked me to abort and started beating me” alledged Bano.

Bano wrapped her face with a scarf, she was appearing young girl and her eye bright but said, she said that “today in morning Nyaji took out a revolver and asked me to leave the place forever and not to disclose it to anyone, he took meto railway station purchased ticket for Delhiand handed me some rupees” said Bano.

It was her fate that she met a social worker Pratima Chaturvedi- working for women welfare- and she brought her back from Kishangargh railway station. “They took nude photos of Bano and threatened her that they will make public if she uttered a word” said Pratima. As per Bano, she had a mobile when she came to Ajmer but that was snatched by the accused and since then she is not in contact with her parents in Gurgav. “I even do not know what they had done after my missing and had no courage to contact them” added Bano. Pratima insisted for a medical checkup of a girl to get the case registered.

Meanwhile the police referred the case for investigation to dargah police to verify the facts. The accused Hassan Nyaji was tried to get the comment but they avoided.

The Khadem of Ajmer are converted Muslims from the Bheel religion, In the case the court hold as under “that Laikha and his brohther Taikha became muslim in samvat 1175 (samvat chandra bhat), It was samvat (vikrami) 1265 then Khadem are the descended of Laikha and Taikha, were bhil. Laikha’s islamic name was Fakharuddin , Taikha’s name was Mohammad Yadgaar… Khadem of Ajmer Are Converted Muslim Form The Bheel Religion ( From The Book – “The Shrine And Cult Of Mu’in al- din Chishti of Ajmer” By P. M. Currie ( Oxford University Press) Page. 146-147


Prayers at Ajmer dargah for Delhi gang rape victim

TNN Dec 23, 2012, 03.33AM IST

UN set to celebrate Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s 800th Urs

November 24, 2012 | Shoeb Khan , TNN
JAIPUR: The United Nations Academic Impact in the Department of Public Information will celebrate the 800th Urs of the 12th century Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in the form of a symposium at the United Nations headquarters in New York on November 26, 2012. Organized in association with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, the symposium will focus on “Faith, Dialogue and Integration” and be conducted in the form of a conversation centering on a renewal of dialogue, aimed at building better understanding, harmony and collaboration among the people of different cultures and faiths.





Rajasthan government suspends Ajmer SP




TNN Jan 4, 2013, 05.37AM IST

AJMER: The state government on Thursday evening suspended superintendent of police Rajesh Meena, who was caught with unaccounted income of Rs 5.05 lakh and charged with misuse of office. In its order, the department of personnel stated that since Meena was charged with disproportionate income and misuse of office by ACB for allegedly possessing cash that was extorted from various police stations in Ajmer, he is suspended as per sub rule(3) of the rule 3 of Indian Administrative Services (Discipline and Appeal) rule 1968.

“He remains suspended with immediate effect and until the posting of another SP in Ajmer, the Director General of Police (headquarters) will retain charge of Ajmer,” said Karan Singh, deputy secretary, department of personnel.

The ACB team had unearthed unaccounted income of Rs 5.05 lakh from the official residence of Meena in Ajmer. ACB sleuths said the money was collected from various police stations in Ajmer by Ramdev on behalf of the SP.

Meanwhile, the ACB in its FIR has also made Lokesh Sonwal, additional superintendent of police, Ajmer, the co accused in this case. “His role in this case is also suspicious and is under investigations,” said DIG G N Purohit, ACB.

In Ajmer, the SP was produced before additional district and sessions court amid tight security. “We have got a police remand of the SP of one day,” said a senior officer of ACB.

In the courtroom, the defence lawyer however asked ACB to at least produce the FIR copy in the court to allow the defence to fight the case.

Meena and his accomplice accused Ramdev were brought from Jaipur to Ajmer court in the evening. The court was jam-packed and extra police forces were deployed in the premises.

A day after the state government suspended Ajmer superintendent of police Rajesh Meena on corruption charges, additional SP Lokesh Sonwal is suspected to be missing. TOI had reported on Friday that Sonwal’s role is also under scanner. The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) plans to write to the IG, Ajmer range to make Sonwal available before the agency for interrogation. The ACB tried to find him at his residence and other possible hideouts but failed to locate him.

More cops sent to police lines in Ajmer

TNN Jan 9, 2013, 04.41AM IST

AJMER: The police department on Tuesday removed eight members of a special team formed by former SP Rajesh Meena to fight crime in the district. All the eight have been sent to police lines. They were deputed in different police stations and were investigating big crimes.

The department on Tuesday issued orders to send assistant sub inspectors Vijay Singh, Anil Jhaker, Jagmaal, Satpal Singh, Sushil, Gopal Singh, Leela Ram and Dilip Singh to police lines and directed the concern SHOs to relieve them immediately from their respective stations. After removing 12 SHOs from their posts, this is the second such order in which ASIs were removed.







Nominations Open for ISFI Awards 2013

Divine Abode The Foundation announces that nominations are now open for the next annual award. There is no fee for nominators or nominees to enter this award program. Nominations are open to any individual or organization involved in Sufi performing art , culture, music, paintings, books and films anywhere in the world.

The deadline for most ISFI awards is 15 August  (for awards to be presented the following year). Nominations received after the deadline or those that are incomplete will be held for consideration the following year. The next two consecutive committees automatically consider any nominee not selected for the award. Award recipients are announced in September   of the year following the nomination deadline.

Award nominations can be submitted by several means. Nominators may fill out the online submission form below, download the Award Nomination file (PDF) and submit it, or request from the awards department a nomination form in Word format which can be mailed or attached to an e-mail.

Nominators will also need to arrange for a minimum of two supporting letters. These too may be submitted electronically by email.

Please review the descriptions of each award. Note that not all awards are presented every year. Before nominating, be sure to review all requirements on the Award Selection Process Page.

To submit or request forms, contact

Women Empowerment in Ajmer

Social Activist and State Secretary for Congress ( Rajasthan Pradesh ) Mrs. Ragini Chaturvedi is been actively addressing issues to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically. At the recently held ISFI 2012 festival Mrs., Chaturvedi wrote a poetry on Festival Director Ms Begum and Honoured her in the Traditional Rajasthani Culture for her achievements.

Mrs. Chaturvedi also an author, writer and an active member of Theosphsical Society had recently held one of the major rallies in Ajmer protesting against female feticide.
She addressed the audience ‘ Ms Begum is an inspiration to the many women here as she has worked to give the city a platform which is a true message of interfaith harmony.

There was a division throughout and Ms Begum changed the concept of barrier of religion into acceptance of All. She also added that ms Begum was a perfect example of harmony and unity as thou.  I have never heard of her discontented about her life. She guides women and assists the many women who are victims of various abuses. This is to me the authentic spirit of woman and an example of true representation of honoring womankind.

The King of Qawwals Niazi Nizami Brothers



The Dynamic Presence of the Religious Head of the Ajmer Shariff Dargah at the ISFI Sufi Award. A ceremony which brings the humanity collectively without the basis of religion is what is required. A Festival of this quality with much honesty towards the mission without any agendas must be conducted not just in Ajmer relatively in every part of the world since it unites us without any barriers and distributes the message of harmony and worship’ said The Dargah Deewan, also the Sajjada Nasheen and the Religious Head of Ajmer shrine, Syed Zainual Abedin Ali Khan at the ISFI Awards and the Closing Ceremony of the 8 day International Sufi festival in the holy city of Ajmer. The cities beaucrats, politicians, VVIP’s, the guest were delighted at the ten minutes Electrifying presence of the Dargah Deewan, the head of the Chishtiyyah Order. The Deewan Saheb’s presence on the introductory day and the closing ceremony was by itself a acknowledgement and acceptance of the ISFI Festival in the city.

The Second Edition of International Sufi Festival brought in the new addition of the ISFI Awards. The Award is to honor the Sufi Community
of Artiste and Singers. Apart from the ISFI Platinum award conferred to Padmabhushan Ustaad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb for his long lasting contribution. The ISFI Prestigious Gold Award for the Best Sufi Singers was awarded to the Qadar Niazi and Hyder Hassan Nizami. Qadar Niazi is associated with the Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Hazrat Amir Khusro, New Delhi, as a Darbari Aastana singer. He learned from his illustrious father, Ustad Inam Ahmed Khan. He hails from the family of traditional Gharana musician and reputed Qawwal who traditionally enjoyed the patronage of Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. He belongs to the legendry Hapur Gharana which gave Indian musical giants such as Ustad Kubre Mohammad Khan, Ustad Shaadi Khan and Ustad Murad Khan. Most of his ancestors were the court Musician and they were top classical vocalist as well as Dhurpadiyas for more than 700 years. As the most sought after Qawwali artist, Qadar Niazi has performed at many international venues in countries like U.K., Scotland, New Zealand, Singapore, Mecca and Medina, Jeddah, Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Muscat, Oman, Iran, Tanzania and recently in Afghanistan. He is one of the most famous Qawwali singers in the Sufi Styles, Aastana Gayaki as well as the Modern Qawwali tradition.

The Dargah Dewan also the Sajjada Nasheen and the Religious Head of Ajmer shrine, Syed Zainual Abedin Ali Khan conferred the Platinum Award to Padmabhushan Ustaad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb for his long lasting contribution in the field of Music and ISFI GOLD Award was awarded to Niazi Nizami brothers. Hyder Nizami says ‘ We are indeed grateful to Sultan UL Hind Khwaja Saab for the respect given to us here. And also feel that receiving the Award from the Deewan Saheb is the consent from the Aulia himself. Qadar Niazi was short of words at the winning of the ISFI Gold Award and said nothing much just that he cannot thank Khwaja Saab for the striking endorsement that has come to him and his group. Additional Collector Mohammad Hanif himself a great lover of music and a devotee of Khwaja Saab said ‘ That the decision to give away the Gold Award to the Niazi Nizami Group was the right decision taken by the jury in New Delhi. He added they were the best and each word formed a energy within the body. That was the dedication and respect towards the Spiritual Sama they have had this day. Further he invited them to sing at the Urs Festival in Ajmer and also to be a part of the ISFI Festival the next year too.

Brigadier PK Singh said that the Niazi Nizami were the right choice for their tremendous singing. They deserved the honor. Mr Sandeep Marwah, Also from the organizing committee and a member of
the ISFI Jury said that we are glad to have made the right decision as the Niazi Nizami Brothers connected to the audience and they have scored the highest in all aspects. Singing with refinement and
respect, tremendous powerful voice and Master in various forms of Qawwali.

Manisha Gulyani from the Jaipur Gharana too enthralled the viewers with her Dance and the spectators felt the whirling was miraculously and brilliantly performed and presented.

Mr Mahindra Singh Ralawta, Congress President said that the Raqs was undeniably very charismatic and her language in the entire series was very divine.

Dr Sudeep Rai said that the Jury looks into all aspects before conferring a Award and above all the important factor is the involvement of Service towards the society is also taken into concern.

The Festival Director and Chairperson Divine Abode Foundation added that there is no denying of the fact that the arrival of the Respected Dewan Saheb was of a great significance and the energy in the
auditorium was tremendous. His presence made the audience feel highly spiritual . And The energy he carries and the respect he received from the guests is beyond words . Deewan Saheb by himself carries a great energy which is beyond expression.

International Sufi Festival in its second year introduced the ISFI Awards. ISFI awards celebrating the world’s best Sufi artiste. The ISFI Platinum award was awarded to Padmabhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb. The ISFI Gold Award for Best Sufi Singing group – Niazi Nizami Brothers, New Delhi
ISFI Gold Best Sufi Artiste for Hindustani Raqs – Manisha Gulyani
ISFI Gold Best Sufi Painting – Michael Templin, Germany
ISFI Chief Patron Award – Mr Sandeep Marwah, Dr Sudeep Rai
The Award Ceremony took place in the holy city of Ajmer on the 11th October 2012 at the Jawahar Rang Manch. A Prestigious Award given to the Sufi Artiste to acknowledge their contribution in the field of Sufi Art and Culture.

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International Sufi Festival Ajmer 2012

Isfi 2012 Ajmer


The second edition of the International Sufi Festival will begin from 4-11th October 2012 at the Holy City of Ajmer. A commemorative tribute to the blessed Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty ( R. A ). In its second year, the festival has many new additions covering every aspect of Sufism.

The Introductory series will be on the 4th Oct 2012 at 6 pm at the Al Ikhlas Gallery. The Series of Rang – e – Raqs ( Sufi paintings ) and Ahle Suffe ( Sufi Literature / Books ) will be unveiled. The Introduction of the first International Sufi Film Festival will be officially announced, and the official logo with the poster will be released. Sufi Films and Exhibitions will be screened until the 11th Oct 2012.

The 5th October will be the official inaugural ceremony of the International Sufi Festival at 6 pm at the Jawahar Rang Manch. The cultural event will be followed and the Mehfil – e – Sama continues in Honour of Khwaja Saab until the 11th October, 6 pm onwards. The First ISFI Award will be introduced in the Sufi Tradition of Art and Culture. An Award that will acknowledge and honour the Sufi Singers, Artiste, Dancers, Writers and also Film Makers. The ISFI Platinum Award will be the highest award by the organisation in the field of Art and Culture. ISFI Gold Award will honour the artiste in various fields.

The festival has successfully covered all areas related to the Sufi Culture of Art and Culture. We have introduced Sufi Literature as a beginning with Films, Paintings, Music, Discussion and also Sufi Awards. All entry for all events will be free. The day programmes will be at the Gallery Al Ikhlas from 11 am – 6 pm and the Mehfil – e – Sama will be from 6 pm onwards at the Jawahar Rang Manch said Mr. Bohra, spokesperson Divine Abode.

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Ajmer to Host the Second Edition of International Sufi Festival

Spirituality finds a very different manifestation in the annual festival of the Sufi  culture in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

The second edition of the International Sufi Festival India continues to be  a commemorative fiesta to the honor of the Sufi saint Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. The stunning concepts and symbolic messages merging with the soothing music and dance makes it a must visit..

Ms Gulshaa Begum, Chairperson Divine Abode  is known for her contributions in the field of Sufi Art & Culture and commitment to serve for the social cause through festivals and Art Exhibitions in Ajmer.
Isfi is today Regarded as one of the spectacular event with a strong visual appeal. The Festival is a true crowd puller as thousands of people gather here to be a part of the 7 day event.

The essence of sufism includes the unification of the human soul with the Ultimate through the medium of sufi music. As a result, this mega festival abounds in music and dance performances by the dervishes (ascetic Muslim monk). The harmonious dance and melodious music joins hand to create a sublime atmosphere in the entire air.

Get ready to be a part of a spiritual journey that is superbly rich in artistic value and touch. This unique concept of attaining the divine with music and dance is something that needs to be explored and felt.

Sufi Art Exhibition
Date: 4th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 11am – 6 pm
Venue: Al Ikhlas Gallery
Place: Ajmer, India

Sufi Music 
Date: 5th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 6 – 9  pm
Place: Ajmer, India

All entry to the events will be free. Kindly carry your ID Card along with you.

For more details log on to our website

First Edition Monsoon 2012 in Ajmer

Monsoon 2012 unfolded in series of several layers on the 6th and 7th july at the Al Ikhlas Gallery, Ajmer. The festival organised by Ms Gulshaa Begum chairperson of Divine Abode. The  two day event unfolds the several layers of creativity in different sessions . The  first session Monsoon colours a series of group exhibition in various media by established artists from India and abroad followed by the classical music performance in the second session. paintings by renowned artist michael templin, dr sudeep rai, gulshaa begum, archana tela and jitendra patniwal were showcased.

The event was inaugrated by Dr Brijesh Mathur, chief – jawaharlal nehru hospital.The second series began with the sitar concert by Sitar Maestro Dr Sudeep Rai and Amjad Khan on Tabla.  Jha Saheb founder of  Kala Ankur Academy inaugurated the evening by lighting the lamp. Jha Saheb Congratulated Ms Begum for bringing a change in the Art and Culture presentation to the City. He was highly appreciative of the efforts of Ms Begum and her involvement in art and culture. The audience utterly spellbound with the soulful sitar recital at the  Malhaar Festival “Monsoon Ragas” held at Al Ikhlaas Gallery in Ajmer. Dr.Sudeep Rai noted disciple of the Sitar maestro Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, rendered a soul stirring Raga Megh on his sitar.The accompaniment of the tabla by ustad Amjad Khan of Delhi Gharana added rich colour to his deeply captivating performance.

Chief Patron Divine Abodes Mr Shahid Siddiqui, National General Secretary Samajwadi Party and Ex Mp Rajya Sabha said  Rain and the magical season of Monsoon have always been the throbbing heart of Indian life and culture. Whether we are talking about music – classical, folk or devotional – dance, painting or sculpture.
I must appreciate the initiative Divine Abode has taken in promoting art and culture in Ajmer” said Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studios who himself is an art lover.

Ms Begum further thanked the artist, the audience,  Media Partner Marwah  studios and On line partner  for their support and co operation in the event