World Sufi Forum: Fight against terrorism is not confrontation against any religion, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi where more than 200 Indian and international delegates, including Sufi Shuyukh, spiritual leaders, scholars, academicians and masters of Sufism, are participating.

The four-day event is being organized by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), the apex body of Sufi Dargahs in India. The meeting is expected to debate on how Sufi teaching can prevent global terrorism. The conclave will also debate on how to guide the Muslim community away from sectarian division.

Speaking in the forum PM said that Sufism is the celebration of diversity and pluralism. Reiterating the idea of inclusion in India PM Modi said, ” All our people, Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India.” In the same vein he highlighted virtue of Islam by saying, ” Of the 99 names of Allah, none stand for force or violence. The first two names of Allah are compassionate and merciful. Allah is Rahman and Allah is Rahim.”

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He also heaped generous praise on Sufi faith saying:

Modi described India as the land of ancient source of faith, which has nurtured religions from the world. In a veiled reference to prevailing global situation, PM said that diversity of society shouldn’t be cause of discord. He also stressed on the menace of terrorism that it divides humanity. He also stated that people who use religion to spread terror are anti-religion in reality. He also took this forum to stress on the fact that fight against global terror shouldn’t be turned into a confrontation against any religion. According to PM, there is no way to justify terror in the world.
The Sufi Conference is expected to come out with a declaration against extremism and Wahabism in the last day of the event to be convened in the Ramlila Maidan.
With ANI inputs