Shaik-ul-Islam, Tahir ul Quadri's visit last week to the city was a religious bear hug.

Muslims thronged in large numbers to take part in his ‘Darse Hadees' sessions. Many who couldn't make it to the programme venue had to draw solace from watching him on the telly.

There was tight security for the Sufi scholar of Pakistan wherever he went.

His remarks on the Gujarat tragedy drew criticism from some Muslim organisations even as his book ‘Fatwa on terrorism' sold like hot cakes.

J.S. IFTHEKHAR