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Welcome to Zavia Foundation

Zavia Foundation is a scientific, philosophical and spiritual organization which has been established with a sincere commitment to help restore the spiritual and social values of the Muslim Ummah. Zavia Foundation has played an active role in projecting the teachings of Tasawwuf (Sufism) through research and publication. We have published around one hundred books on different topics relating to classic and contemporary Sufism. These books have earned many accolades from modern Sufi intelligentsia. Moreover, we have set a standard in the realm of publishing with respect to both the design and content of our publications. Our aesthetic approach has set standards of excellence that others are following. For us, this is just the beginning, and we are eagerly looking forward to achieving bigger targets. We are committed to working on the following projects:

1: The History of Tasawwuf

The people of Tasawwuf, the Sufis, are those who have realized the core of Islam, absorbed it in the depth of their spirits and stood on the heights of piousness. Several biographies of Sufis do exist but there is no regular history of their multi-dimensional services and important concepts about the betterment of humanity. Zavia Foundation wants to compile a comprehensive history of the Sufis and Tasawwuf from its beginnings, in order to show our new generations the real contributions of these great role models. This history, besides revealing other aspects, will show that Islam is truly the way of peace and tolerance, not terrorism and barbarism.

2: Islam and its Comprehensiveness

Islam is a complete code of life and it provides guidance in all aspects of life, from striving for individual perfection to the socio-economic development of the Ummah, but no exhaustive research work of contemporary importance has been done on these topics. The little work which exists has been done with a narrow view-point and sectarian bias. The spiritual values of the Sufis, which are essential Islamic values, have been highly ignored in Muslim writings of the last century. Zavia Foundation has started its research work to fill this gaping void in the light of the spiritual values of Islam.

3: Research Center

Zavia Foundation is playing an active role in the Research Center established in Faisalabad under the leadership of the renowned scholar, Dr. Ishaq Qureshi. The initial stage of contemporary research on the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is complete and broad spectrum research work is about to start.

4: Translation Center

 A large number of precious research works have been published in the Arab world. In addition to working on contemporary issues, the Arabs have also edited and reproduced classic works. These works urgently need to be translated into Urdu and English. Zavia Foundation has translated some important Arabic works into Urdu but it still needs a lot of investment to establish a complete research and translation center.

5: Majlis-e-Shar’ee

Islam gives mankind the capacity to face all problems of life. The Quran and Sunnah contain the comprehensive and everlasting principles of guidance for humanity until the Last Day. Zavia Foundation is going to establish a Majlis-e-Shar’ee with the goal of finding, insha’Allah, with the consultation of scholars, intellectuals and lawyers, the solution of contemporary problems faced by Muslims.

6: Media Center

Zavia Foundation wants to establish a media center in order to provide accurate Islamic religious, spiritual, cultural, social and historical information to the print as well as electronic media. Zavia Foundation specially wants to highlight the services of those Sufi and Muslim scholars who played an active political and philosophical role in the foundation of Pakistan.

7: Monthly Magazine

It is important to have an outlet for intellectual activity and encourage the discussion of important ideas and concerns. In order to facilitate this, Zavia Foundation has applied for the publication of a bilingual monthly magazine “Voice of Zavia”. The goal of this publication is to encourage the writings of both fresh and experienced writers.

8: Seminars and Meetings

Seminars and workshops play an active role in the the development of awareness. Zavia Foundation has started holding seminars on the social and spiritual services of the Sufis. Every year, on April 8, Zavia Foundation holds a seminar, to commemorate the services of the great Sufi, mufassir, seerah expert, educationist and jurist, Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (RA). This annual seminar has now become one of the prominent spiritual gatherings of Lahore. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (RA) is the founder and propagator of Muslim culture in the sub-continent. Zavia Foundation has also held a seminar to commemorate his services in shaping the Islamic culture of South Asia. Now we are looking forward to holding such seminars on the lives and services of other classic and contemporary Sufis.

Zavia Foundation holds a literary gathering named “Sham-e-Zavia” every month in which renowned scholars, poets and literary writers present their works, and discuss various literary and social topics.

To achieve these goals is not an easy job, but by the grace of Allah Almighty and His beloved Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, these activities will continue, enhance and develop.

We have outlined all our projects in this brochure, with a lot of confidence and trust in the blessings of Allah Almighty and His beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, with the hope of obtaining your support in the accomplishment of these goals, because Allah never rejects sincerity.

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