A red and green ‘chadar’ offered by the United States Embassy on behalf of US President Barack Obama and the people of the country was presented at the Dargah Ajmer Sharif on Monday morning with a message of ‘deepest friendship’ and ‘peace’.
The ‘chadar’ was presented by Haji Syed Salman Chishty, Gaddi Nashin and Director of the Chishty Foundation. “I was in Washington DC ten days back and the idea came up then. This is the first occasion when such an offering has been made by the US,” Chishty told the Indian Express. “The US Ambassador Richard Verma handed over the chadar to me in New Delhi last week and I presented it here this morning at 11 am on the occasion of the 803rd Urs.”
According to an official statement from the Dargah, the message from Verma read, “On behalf of the United States government, I convey greetings of deepest friendship and respect to the community of Dargah Ajmer Sharif and the people of Ajmer. On this day, the 803rd Annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinudeen Hasan Chishty, our thoughts are with the community in Ajmer and we give thanks for the work of the Dargah Ajmer Sharif and its legacy of striving for understanding, peace, and respect between all faiths and peoples of the world.”
It further added, “As President Obama has said: ‘Whatever our beliefs, whatever our traditions, we must seek to be instruments of peace, and bringing light where there is darkness, and sowing love where there is hatred’.”
Verma commended the Dargah Ajmer Sharif for its ‘commitment to these noble goals’ and conveyed the ‘goodwill of the American people and partnership of the U.S. Embassy in your work to make this world a better place.’