The Ajmer Dargah faces terror

Terror mindless and heartless to the sufferings has proved it is the same bull shit again. Will we wont we … Iam still counting and calculating like many in the country… Will we wont we awaken ourself from self imposed sleeping tablets. This time around they hit the Dargah of Khaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Here is the video of the blast site from Ofcourse CNN IBN

The centre of the Chishtiya-Sufi order in South Asia, the dargah houses the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Gharib Nawaz, the founder of the Chishtiya Sufi order in the region. Born in 1143 in Sistan in southern Iran, he came to India and preached Sufism. He died in Ajmer in 1236. The dargah gained tremendous prestige in the times of Akbar, chiefly as he used to walk barefoot from Agra to the shrine in Ajmer. The Chishtiya-Sufi order that the Khwaja founded started as a puritanical and pacifist one, that emphasised the ‘Oneness of God’ (Wahdat ul Wujud). But slowly, it came to symbolise a crucial and unique aspect of Islamic spiritual life and became the holiest spot for followers of the Chishtiya silsila — an order within the Islamic framework that is premised on what its followers term “universal human brotherhood”.

Praying for their souls

Following is the list of dead and injured in the blast at the shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisthi in Ajmer:

List & video courtesy CNN IBN

Mohammed Shoaib (45), resident of Mumbai
Saleem, resident of Hyderabad

Yijul Haq (32), resident of Sundargarh Orissa
Patham Imran (24), resident of Gujarat
Faiz khan (35), resident of Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Sheikh Abdul Rehman (45), Nasik, Maharashtra
Mohammed Hafeez Shah (55), Boraj Road, Ajmer
Bismillah Khan (22), resident of Gujarat
Asif Khan (23), resident of Nadiyad, Maharashtra
Sammer (19), resident of Kotara
Mohammed Gulam Nabi (63), resident of Poonch, JK
Mohammed Sabir (42), resident of Bhilwara, Rajasthan
Dr. Badrul Hasan (59), Khadim Mohalla, Ajmer
Nand Lal (50), resident of Ajmer
Arshad (7), resident of Mumbai
Abdullah Mohammed (26), resident of Ajmer

History of the shrine

The Ajmer dargah houses the tomb of the 13th-century Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192.

Sufism is a mystical form of Islam, considered more liberal in philosophy than the branches followed by Shias and Sunnis.

A few hundred thousand devotees, including many Hindus, flock to this shrine the year round to offer prayers and gifts of flowers and chaddars or to fulfil vows.

Apart from well-known Indians, Pakistani leaders like General Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto have also visited the shrine during state visits.

* The shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty is situated in Ajmer, about 350 km southwest of Delhi and ringed by barren hills in Rajasthan.

* It houses the tomb of the 13th-century Sufi saint, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. Sufism is a mystical form of Islam, considered more liberal in philosophy than the branches followed by Shi’ites and Sunnis.

* A few hundred thousand devotees, including some Hindus who believe in the divine powers of the Khwaja, flock to Ajmer throughout the year to offer prayers and gifts and fulfill vows.

* The faithful walk barefeet, their heads covered, and jostle in long lines as they carry baskets of colourful flowers and cloth to drape on the tomb.

* The devout also gather around groups of qawwals (religious musicians) who regularly sit with harmoniums and tabla drums on the gleaming floor outside the shrine and sing praises of the Khwaja while shops nearby hawk trinkets, necklaces, flowers and sweets.

Investigators found splinters of a mobile phone at the spot, which, they said, pointed to similarities with the explosions at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad in May where the two bombs there were triggered by a mobile phone.

Target: where people pray

May 18: A blast at Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid kills nine people. High intensity explosive used. HuJI blamed.

September 8, 2006: Three blasts in Malegaon kills 37. One occurred near Hamidiya mosque, killing five. High intensity explosives used. Two SIMI activists involved.

April 12, 2006: Two blasts at Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid. No deaths. Explosives used were crude. LeT suspected.

August 27, 2004: Motorcyclist hurls a crude bomb at a mosque in Jalna town in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district. Seven people injured. Bajrang Dal, SIMI blamed.

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