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Syed Saifuddin Maizbhandari joins international Sufi meet in
DHAKA, Mar 28 (BSS)- Leading spiritual personality Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari has said different countries replicate Bangladesh's model of religious harmony as religious leaders from across the globe joined an International Sufi conference in the United States.

"You can review the example of Bangladesh and US setting a model of religious coexistence and peaceful practices of religions," a statement quoted him as saying at the opening session of the four-day International Association of Sufism (IAS) conference in California.

He added that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) preached the message of harmony and subsequently the Islamic saints carried his message across the world which still was valid in establishing peace and solidarity among followers of different faiths.

The conference staged a one-minute silence in memory of Bangladesh's leading Sufi saint Syed Mainuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari, who passed away on August 17 last year, while director of the IAS Syed Nazar Ali Kinfer read out a condolence statement acknowledging his contribution to the spread of Islam and establishment of religious harmony.

"He (Syed Mainuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari) will remain as a source of inspiration of the people" who seek to establish peace in the world, Global Security Institute president Dr Jonathon Granhoff told the conference last week.

Religious and spiritual leaders and peace activists from the United States, Canada, Britain, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Morocco, Egypt, Costa Rica, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark joined the meet, according to the statement received here today.
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