With rising instances of sectarian clashes in Pakistan and the Middle East, members of the Muslim community held a conference at Anjuman-i-Islam institute on Monday to discuss ways of avoiding sectarian conflict in Mumbai.
The meeting was organised by the Mumbai-based Wisdom Foundation. Over 40 senior clerics from various Muslim sects, along with community leaders, participated in the discussion.
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“Our aim is that Mumbai should not fall victim to the divides within the community. We must maintain harmony,” Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Majeed Memon said.
Global incidents including the rise of ISIS and the recent violence against religious minorities in Pakistan were discussed. Clerics were unanimous that the violence in the name of religion had to be condemned.
“We condemn the attacks by the ISIS. Innocents are being murdered,” said Maulana Sayyed Hasnain Kararvi, a Shia cleric in Mumbai.
“We need Mumbai to be an example for the world,” said Zeenat Shaukat Ali, founder of Wisdom Foundation.