With members of different communities, including Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims paying obeisance at Rauza Sharif, the annual urs of Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi Alif-Sani, started at the shrine in Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday. ‘Baba Nanak Dukhiya ne nath ve….’, a Sikh religious song was being played by vendors outside Rauza Sharif, hardly 300 feet from the gurdwara here. “All religions teach us about serving humanity. They participate in our festivals too and it’s a good way to spread the message of peace,” said Satvir Singh. Satvir was selling rose petals in the shrine premises, which devotees offer to Alif-Sani.
More than half of the Pakistani Muslims (126), who reached here to participate in the urs, were provided accommodation at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. However, they restrained themselves from speaking anything to the media except saying, “We are happy to be here”. “We are very grateful to the Sikh community in helping us with the arrangements of the urs. They provided accommodation to visitors and are always ready to help us with anything. Apart from that, the administration and police have been very helpful,” said Sayyid Mohammad Sadiq, Khalifa, Rauza Sharif.
Around 200 Pakistani nationals had applied for visa, only 173 got it, out of which 126 could come to participate in the urs. Group leader Shabir Khan said that they were worried about the currency ban in India, but some of their currency were changed at the Attari border itself when they arrived in India on Friday. Besides community members at Rauza Sharif also helped them.
Rauza Sharif is the tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi Mujaddid Alif-Sani. The 2016 urs is the 404th event at the tomb of Alif-Sani. Alif-Sani is also known as Sirhindi as he was born and died in Sirhind. He lived here during the reign of Akbar and Jehangir.
Accroding to Khalifa of Rauza Sharif, Sheikh Ahmad had raised voice against Din-e-Elahi during the tenure of Akbar. Sheikh Ahmad was jailed along with Guru Hargobind for a long time in Gwalior.
There are a number of other tombs in the compound, mostly of the members of Shaikh Ahmad’s house.