The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan is planning to work for the promotion of Sufism and earmarked a provision for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Sufism in its public sector development programme.

HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed revealed the plans to newsmen at a moot titled An Evening with Rumi. The event was jointly organised by HEC and National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) and included the launch of a book by Dr Aziz Ali Najam, Provost, SPD, NUMS.

In his address Dr Mukhtar said HEC was glad to host the launching ceremony of the first publication from NUMS, adding that the event had taken participants into Rumi’s world.

Jalalud Din Muhammad Rumi was a celebrated 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic and one of Islamic history’s most admired philosophers. His influence goes far beyond the Muslim world, as his work as a universal appeal to all humanity. His work has been translated into many languages and is widely read.

Dr Mukhtar said Rumi’s contribution was truly a golden chapter of the illustrious Muslim heritage and his thoughts unfolded the mysteries of spiritual world and divine love.

The book’s author, Dr Najam, said Bishnau was an introduction to Maulana Rumi’s extraordinary life and his profound work in the form of Masnavi. “The colourful illustrations remind us of Rumi’s times and also help us in interpreting his thoughts,” he said.


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