The chief custodian of Sultan Bahu shrine in Pakistan believes that the books and research works published by the Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi are amazing.
“As a Muslim, I am delighted for the existence of such centers in the world of Islam,” said Sultan Ahmad Ali in a meeting after a visit he and a group of Pakistani researchers paid to research center of Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.
“Undoubtedly the nature of Islam will be manifested more to the youth and the Takfiri ideology and anti-Islam movements will be neutralized if these centers of Islamic sciences are spread across the globe.”
Ahmad Ali noted that the custodians of the majority of the shrines in Pakistan are Sayyid (descendants of the Prophet [pbuh]).
“That is why people in various regions of Pakistan show deep affection and devotion to the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) or the Infallible Household of the Prophet (pbuh).”
The chief custodian of Sultan Bahu shrine went on to say that “the global arrogance and the colonial powers have sowed the seeds of discord between people and religions. They try to instigate groups to destroy unity, but the Muslims should regain unity by empathy and friendship.”
Reiterating the fact that some mystical poets such as Hafiz denounce the fanatical ascetics, he said, “They believe that Muslims should refine their hearts with the affection and devotion to the Ahl al-Bayt (AS). The mystics of Pakistan have promoted the same ideology among their followers. Today, we must do whatever we can to boost friendship with the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) in the hearts of people and promote public awareness on their conducts and ways of life, to boost unity and brotherhood among Muslims.”
On his affection to Imam Reza (AS), Ahmad Ali cited two reasons: “First, friendship with the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) is the prerequisite for faith. Second, we are descendants of Imam Ali (AS) and this blood relation is another reason for the friendship with the Imam.”
Sultan Bahu, son of Sultan Bayezid, was a mystical poet of the 12th century AH. He is the author of 140 mystical and religious works in Persian and Arabic. There are 43 shrines and 25 religious schools in his name across Pakistan today. Sultan Bahu’s shrine has turned into a major pilgrimage site for the Muslims in Pakistan.