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Organization: Chishty Foundation
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Postal address of organization/institution

Chishty Manzil ,Jhalra Street ,Dargah Sharif ,Ajmer – 305001 ,Rajasthan ,India.

E-mail address of organization/institution


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Telephone of organization/institution

+91 9829174, +91 145 5131786 ,+91 145 2628529

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Every year we organise a Sufi Art and Culture Festival in Dargah Ajmer Sharif – an 11th Century most important and revered Sufi Shrine in Indian Sub-Continent . Also we participate in various Sufi Conferences and Festival globally .

We have a established partnership and networks with the various Sufi Communities globally which include various Sufi centers and communities across Indian Sub- Continent , Turkish Sufi community in Istanbul ,Turkey – Moroccan Sufi Community in Fes ,Morocco , Central Asian Indigenous communities of Kyrgyzstan ,Uzbekistan ,etc .

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Chishty Foundation is based on the blessed vision ,principle and message of "Love towards all, Malice towards none" which is the blessed message of Hz.Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (r.a) popularly known as Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (r.a).

It’s a universal message for the whole of humanity that we may love and respect the best of creations i.e. Human beings, among all the creations of the One Almighty Creator.
Our aim in establishing the Chishty Foundation is to realizes a blessed vision and to create a platform for people from around the world who believe in blessed message i.e. to love and serve the Humanity ( Khidmat e Khalq ) and to spread the message with all its essence among the people of our beautiful planet Earth .

In today’s troubled times we believes that the message the great Sufi’s n Saints is the not just a way but it is the ONLY way for the solutions of the World problems and a perfect roadmap towards the Path of Love ,Peace n Brotherhood among the whole Humanity .

As part of the larger picture in near future through the blessed platform of Chishty Foundation ,we intend to promote the blessed Sufi teachings of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz , Sufi Art of Calligraphy , Sufi Poetry culture , Sufi music and concepts of Spirituality and Music and a strong connection between a Higher state of awearness of the Divine presence through Sama and Qawalli – The Chishty Sufi’s food for the Soul .

This concept is yet to have a full vision and realization for the essence of complete Sufi understanding and teachings.

The Sufi Art Festival 2009 was our first step towards realizing the blessed vision and also marks the launch of Chishty foundation .

Chishty Foundation Logo

Dargah Ajmer Sharif NUR

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Yes ,the progress and the response of the people have been tremendous .
In our first year of festival ,we had more than 100,000 visitors during the 8 days .
This year we invited Sufi Calligraphy artist from Turkey to display their work of Sufi Art along with different artist and sculptures from different parts of India .
So each year the festival is growing and the interest of the people is also growing understanding the sufi culture of peace ,non-violence and creativity

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

Well ,in the first year we did faced lot of opposition and obstacles in organising the festival and discussion forums . We had problems securing the space in the Dargah Sharif as it was first time in the history of Dargah Sharif that an event like this was happening which involved Sufi Art exhibition and other related topics and forums .
We had issues of raising awareness among the local community and also Ajmer being a small town raising funds was also an issue . But Alhamdulilah ,by the grace of God we managed to begin a beautiful concept and everything became a success.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

We aim in establishing a centre in Ajmer sharif where a complete research facility is provided on the study of Sufism and its practices which is infact the need of the hour as  Sufi understanding is the only solution to curb the global extremist ideology of hatred ,violence and killers of Humanity . Sufi’s of all the ages have always promoted Peace ,Non-Violence ,understanding humanity as a whole and universal brotherhood . The Sufi Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty whose blessed shrine is in Ajmer sharif is the biggest example as one of his prominent saying :
“Love towards all ,Malice towards None” explain it all .”
We wish to write a lot more about future plans but due to space constraint we would conclude here .

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

The only valid and effective solution is to create awareness among the Human races so as we respect and love all Humankinds with same passion and respect we have for our family member. We are all part of a single family and must respect the idea of Universal Brotherhood. We have to develop the culture of peace and non-violence as for the generations to come there is no other option .
We should learn to accept all in their own and original way of existence in this world ,respect and love everybody as one of our own .
As Hazrat Mevelana Rumi ( 13th century Sufi mystic ) has said beautifully :
“Come, Come, Whoever You Are
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.
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