Sufism In Kashmir

Kashmir has a richest Sufi tradition in the whole Indian subcontinent known as the land of Sufi saints or Pir Vaer/Rishi Vaer. the Naqshbandi and Kubrawiyya Silsila are the earliest Sufi order in kashmir valley. the other Sufi orders include Qadri, Suhrawardy and Rishi order. According to European Foundation of South Asian Studies. The people of Kashmir, converted to Islam under the influence of peaceful Sufis. despite of the religious differences between the Hindu Kashmiri pandits and Muslim Mullahs, the Sufism offer them a common way of understanding the world through peace, love and harmony which led to accept  Sufism in the valley.

Hazrat Bulbul Shah, actual name Sayyed Sharfuddin Abdur Rahman was a Suhrawardy fakir of 13th century travelled from Turkistan to Kashmir. He is recognized as one of the soonest identified Sufi Saint of the Kashmir valley, the first Saint who brings Islam in Kashmir through Sufism.

Another important Sufi to enter Kashmir valley Shah-e-Hamadan, actual name Mir Sayyad Ali Hamadani who entered Kashmir along with his 700, who established in different parts of Kashmir, propagating Islam and the doctrines of the Kubrawi Sufi order. The Muslim king Sultan Qutub-ud-Din established comfortable provisions for Shah-e-Hamadan and his pupils out of his Sultanate. Shah-i-Hamadan was a marvelous intellectual, considered with possessing 37,000 conversions to Islam in Kashmir; owing to his eminent spiritual charism.  He is remembered as ‘Amir-e Kabir’ (The preeminent chief) and ‘Bani-e- Musalmani’ (The founder of Islam [in Kashmir]).

Nund Rishi or Nuruddin Wali was a renowned Sufi Saint of Kashmir Valley. He is recognised as a founder of Rishi Sufi order. People regard Nund Rishi as Alamdar- E- Kashmir. He was born in a well recognized Muslim household in Kulgam district of Kashmir in the year 1377 A.C. He spread the correct knowledge of Islam through his poetry known as Shrukhs. The shrine of Nuruddin Wali is a centre of attraction of all the Kashmiri communities and a symbol of Sufism in Kashmir.


Adam was Father, Mother Eve Followed Him, Where did “lower castes” come from? How can the member of the same family ridicule one another?

— Nund Rishi

Nund Rishi and Lal Ded rejects the idol worshipping, caste system and the orthodox Brahmin practices this had paved the way for the Hindus to adopt their more sympathetic Sufi philosophies contributing to their conversion to Islam under Sufi teachings. Kashmiri use the traditional Indian epithets Rishi or Baba to specify these Sufi saints.

How Sufism in Kashmir was tortured.

Dastgeer Sahib, a 200-year-old shrine in Khanyar, was set on fire by Lashkar-e-Tayiba, a Deobandi-Wahhabi Terrorist Organisation which led to vast destruction of the shrine. The Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terror module involving six persons who were tasked to blaze holy shrines, causing suspicion that they could have set the glorious Dastgeer Sahib shrine on fire by the same arrangement. arrested  individuals comprising Farooq Ahmed Mir, who had crossed to Pakistan’s Faisalabad in early 2012. The others caught were Zahoor alias Zubair, Barkat alias Abu Talha, Ejaz Ahmed alias Imran, Abdullah Dar alias Assad and Rauf Dar alias Rafiq. With a prison of six individuals, police asserted to have collapsed three cases — burning of two mausoleums, comprising that of Baba Haniufuddin's shrine. Later, the Dastagir ahib shrine was restored to its original glory.

Recent Innovatives Rejuvenating Sufism in Kahmir

Amit Shah had discussed the slaughter of Sufism in Kashmir in Parliament in July last year he said “Had one supported the Sufis, who whispered of Hindu Muslim harmony, I have recognized that individuals are interested Kashmiryat, an answer to this, on 15 March 2020 organization of All India Sufi Sajjada-nashin Council met Union home minister Amit Shah under the chairmanship of Sayyad Nasiruddin Chishti and implored him for a supervised government scheme to reach Sufism to every house in the Valley. few clerics were attired in saffron robes because, “the colour belongs to Hinduism was chosen by Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (the benefactor of Sufi Islam in India and a principal leader of chishti Sufi order in India) around eight centuries ago”.

In September 2020, a 20 year girl named Badrunnisa Bhatt was in a broadcast for spreading Sufism through his paintings.

Chairman of Peoples Justice Front Aga Sayyad Abbas Rizvi in his appeal at the Bandipora region stressed the return to Sufism, humanism and pluralism as the alone path to gain everlasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Sufism had established the edifice of harmony and unanimity among Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last few decades, miscreants targeted Sufism to create divergence among people. The goal of our party is to spread the message of Sufism to usher in peace and unity among adherents of different religions in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. "

 -Sayyad Aga Abbas Rizvi

Sufi Festivals in Kashmir

                                                 Dargah Hazrat Bal during Eid e Milad

Since most of the Muslim in Kashmir are traditional Sunni, they celebrate various Sufi festivals. this includes Eid Miladun-nabi, Gyarvi sharif, and various Urs Mehfil. Eid E Milad Un Nabi or Mawlid an Nabavi is the third major festival in kashmir after Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha. people from various parts of kashmir congregate in Hazrat Bal Shrine to celebrate Maulid and to get glimpses of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). various programmes include recitation of Durud Sharif, holy Quran, decoration of houses and streets, distribution of consecrated food, etc. Karwan e Islami a biggest Sunni Sufi organization of kashmir headed by Shaykh Ghulam Rasool Hami is famous for its Juloos e Eid Miladun-nabi in kashmir.


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