The historical Sufi shrine Khanqah-e-Arifia located at Saiyed Sarawan, Kaushambi, Allahabad (India) has been serving mankind by various ways since its existence and establishment in 1886. The current Sajjadah Nasheen (Successor) Sheikh Abu Sayeed Shah Ehsanullah Mohammadi Safawi, the Great Sufi Preacher established a public charitable trust named Shah Safi Memorial Trust in 2004 to serve the mankind in a systematic and well-moderated style.
It is a registered organization since 7th of July, 2004. It emphasizes on the subjects, which are seminally related to socially compelled elements. This public charitable trust, by nature, ameliorates the deplorable condition of the suffering communities and brings them for meaningful purposes in the nation as a whole.
Without integrated activities bottom leveled basement core cannot uplift to the middle and top core. For bridging this gap Shah Safi Memorial Trust has been actively endeavoring its best to pay rapt attention to those who are still selected mergeable but separated in outlook (i.e. All those who are still deprived of getting due opportunities).
At present Khanqah-e-Arifia and several other organizations are running under Shah Safi Memorial Trust. Jamia Arifia, a modern Islamic educational institute and all its branches are running under this trust also. Besides this, the trust donates pecuniary asylum to some other educational institutions, organizations and societies also.
This charitable trust also bears all the expenditures of Shah Safi Charity Clinic, which gives free treatment not only to the students of Jamia Arifia, neighboring villagers but also to others who live far and wide. The trust periodically organizes Free Medical Camps and various types of cultural and social programs in the premise of Khanqah-e-Arifia.
Unity and integrity are the soul of the society. Therefore the trust organizes annually a communal harmony and peace program by the name of Shanti Ka Paigham Insaniyat Ke Naam (Peace Message to Humankind) on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him). It also provides as per need several kind of assistance to poor, helpless and needy people like fooding, lodging, and to lessen the burden of poor parents, the trust also organizes camps for dowry free marriages. It also sets up hand pumps where people have no facility of adequate and pure water supply.
In brief the Trust has been regularly making impressive efforts to serve mankind without any distinction of color, gender, race and religion and to uplift the downtrodden people.
Sheikh Abu Sayeed Shah Ehsanullah Mohammadi Safawi fondly known as Abbu Miyan, the Great Sufi, Preacher, Reformist, Socialist and Peace Maker of current era is well-renowned in India and abroad for his works and services in the fields of education, social welfare, and in terms of preaching peaceful Islam as well as bringing out love, brotherhood, spirituality and honesty to our society.
Sheikh Abu Sayeed Safawi is the spiritual master and caretaker of the Khanqah. He obtained his early education at home and after completing primary and secondary education in Allahabad, joined Aligarh Muslim University to complete his graduation in Persian. He has also studied Islamic Sciences specially the books of Sufis and Sufism and today he is a true Muslim, a Sufi master and preacher of beautiful & peaceful teachings Islam not a debater who shuts the mouths and does not enter the hearts.
His magnetic personality, high moral values, exemplary character and Sufi style of living attract people from all walks of life towards him. Men and women of all sections of the society without any discrimination visit his Khanqah, the Sufi shrine in folk. He stresses upon the love of Allah and service for the whole human being. His vision of the world is marked by a highly evolved sense of peace and tolerance. He believes in the traditional Sufi ideas and its implementation and holds monthly Sufi music program (Qawwali) at his Sufi Centre. These programs, which he leads are always filled with ecstatic spiritual Ahwaal (States) like weeping, crying, calling unintentional Sufi slogans, etc. This Khanqah provides Langar (free of charge food) twice a day for more than 700 people.
In brief, Sheikh Abu Sayeed Safawi is one of the most prominent, pragmatic and dynamic Sufi of the current era and his Khanqah (Sufi Centre) invokes the sweet memories of old golden Sufi and Khanqahi age.
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