Narendra Modi at World Sufi forum: Terror fight not against any religion

Narendra Modi says faiths in India like strings of sitar creating a melody

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 11:49 am
modi, world sufi forum, sufi, pm modi, islam, modi, allah, muslims, modi allah, Modi at World Sufi Forum, indian express, modi news, india news Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Sufi Forum at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, Thursday.

Praising Sufism as “a celebration of diversity and pluralism” which “helped shape a distinct Islamic heritage of India”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said “the fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion” and any link between the two should be rejected.

Addressing the World Sufi Forum where shouts of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ rang out repeatedly as he spoke, the Prime Minister said “when we think of the 99 names of Allah, none stand for force and violence, and that the first two names denote compassionate and merciful. Allah is Rahman and Raheem”.

“At a time when the dark shadow of violence is becoming longer, you are the Noor, or the light of hope. When young laughter is silenced by guns on the streets, you are the voice that heals… You have come from different lands and cultures, but you are united by a common faith. You speak different languages, but they blend together in a message of harmony. And, you represent the rich diversity of the Islamic civilisation that stands on the solid bedrock of a great religion,” he said.

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The gathering included, among others, All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board founder president Syed Mohammad Ashraf, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, Shaykh Hashimuddin al-Gaylani from Baghdad, Syed Minhaj Ur Rahman from Bangladesh and Dewan Ahmed Masood Chishti from Pakistan.

“Terrorism divides and destroys us… Each day brings us terrible news and horrifying images: of schools turned into graveyards of innocence; of prayer gatherings turned into funeral processions; of call to prayer or azaan drowned by the sound of explosion; of blood on the beach, massacres in malls and smouldering cars on streets; of thriving cities ruined and priceless heritage destroyed; and, of parents bearing coffins, entire communities dislocated, millions displaced, and refugees caught between fire and stormy seas.”

He said “the reach of terror is growing and its toll is rising every year… Last year alone, over 90 countries experienced terrorist attacks. Parents in 100 countries live with the daily pain of their children lost to the battlefields of Syria. And, in a globally mobile world, one incident can claim citizens of many nations… The impact cannot be fully captured in statistics alone. It is changing the way we live.”

“There are forces and groups that are instruments of state policy and design. There are others recruited to the cause in misguided belief. There are some who are trained in organised camps. There are those who find their inspiration in the borderless world of cyber space. Terrorism uses diverse motivations and causes, none of which can be justified.”

“Terrorists distort a religion whose cause they profess to support. They kill and destroy more in their own land and among their own people than they do elsewhere. And, they are putting entire regions to peril and making the world more insecure and violent,” he said.

“The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be. It is a struggle between the values of humanism and the forces of inhumanity. It is not a conflict to be fought only through military, intelligence or diplomatic means. It is also a battle that must be won through the strength of our values and the real message of religions. We must reject any link between terrorism and religion. Those who spread terror in the name of religion are anti-religious,” he said.

Recalling Islam’s engagement with diverse lands and faiths, Modi invoked Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Amir Khusrau, Baba Farid and Bulleh Shah to underline “that all are creations of God and, that if we love God, we must also love all his creations… Sufism blossomed in India’s openness and pluralism. It engaged with her spiritual tradition, and evolved its own Indian ethos”.

“India is moving forward on the strength of the struggles, the sacrifices, the bravery, the knowledge, the skill, the art and the pride of every member of every faith in our diverse and yet united nation. Like the strings of sitar that each produces a note, but come together to create a beautiful melody. This is the spirit of India. This is the strength of our nation.”

Updated on March 18, 2016 11:49 am

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First Published on: March 18, 2016 4:24 am
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    Sirius
    Mar 18, 2016 at 3:55 am
    PM Modi rightly emphasized that Sufism has enriched India. What he did not say, and Islamists should realize is the contributions of other (Greek, Chinese, Persian, Hindu) philosophies in achievements in 'Golden Age of Islam ' , and the conditions that ended that age. Interested readers can look-up wiki on this topic ...
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      Aini Majeed
      Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52 am
      Muh pe Allah aur bagal me churi. Bole kuch kiye kuch aur. Great performance Modi.
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        TaraSux
        Mar 18, 2016 at 4:18 am
        Hey alll xx
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          mumbai
          Mar 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm
          You agree with more followers and georgraphical area? Then consequently more masjids. cowards demolished one masjid cunningly now count the masjids in India. Praise to Allah The Almighty. Now you tell me what is your scale of progress?
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            mumbai
            Mar 18, 2016 at 10:53 am
            for long long this type of tactics have been handled by enemies of islam. In spite all the world understand whether Islam is progressing or not. Even nehru also tried this a lot with Qadiyanies. For all his dirty tactics now his own people start to say nehru is anti hindu and he is muslim etc etc. Islam will progress more and more and you can never win over Jihad.
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              Avinash
              Mar 18, 2016 at 3:22 am
              Action speaks louder than words. Modi is a man of words and not of action.
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                Mathews
                Mar 18, 2016 at 4:35 am
                The Sufis and other moderates among the Muslims should take up the reins of the Muslim Community . They should take the lead to chastise or to ostracize their violent brethren , and should override the bad label that Islam has earned .
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                  Bhasker
                  Mar 18, 2016 at 8:42 am
                  sufism has always been a great ideology
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                    Victor
                    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:34 am
                    Nair you must be a leftist Modhi hater.Did you witness Godhra the way you claim.
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                      Victor
                      Mar 17, 2016 at 11:48 pm
                      Prime minister Modi is a great soul.Keep on preaching and teaching good things to man kind.
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                        iftiindian
                        Mar 18, 2016 at 2:19 am
                        Mr. Modi sir take care of India where Sanghi terrorists are at loose with your baking and tacit support. Sir since you became prime minister your mother organization a communal terrorists pushing Indi into the vortex of terrorism which you seem to enjoy. Talking Tokyo and looking London will not work.
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                          George Cruz
                          Mar 18, 2016 at 12:41 am
                          Modi is visionary, progressive, inclusive, and courting this moderate Suffi wing of islam is important. The real facts are that the Suffi wing of Islam is moderate, peaceful, inclusive, and progressive. The Sunn/Wahabism is the extreme versions of Islam, follows the strict version of the 7th century Islamic ideologies of Jihad/Sharia, not inclusive, never tries to modernize, and one of the most dangerous/destructive wing of Islam. Unfortunately the violent Sunni Muslims are in majority and the barbaric terror groups like Taliban, Al Qaeda, JeM, Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Namak Haram, LeT, SIMI, Hurriyat, etc are the violent/ignorant Sunni groups which are responsible for the violent terror attacks and killing of the many innocent people across the globe.
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                            babu
                            Mar 18, 2016 at 2:35 am
                            Can you even run a 100 yrd stay away from the fighting terror or you will not have enough oxygen in your lungs and you also belongs to terror out fit rss created by british
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                              Lovely
                              Mar 18, 2016 at 7:57 am
                              Country requires modern and educated muslims.
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                                Lovely
                                Mar 18, 2016 at 7:56 am
                                ISIS says they are purest followers of Islam . They quote from their various scriptures about all their deeds. But some say it is not Islam . Who is correct.?
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                                  Lovely
                                  Mar 18, 2016 at 7:53 am
                                  Theory -- Islam is very peaceful religion but in practise you know what is happening!
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                                    Lovely
                                    Mar 18, 2016 at 8:47 am
                                    You are not happy , you go to stan , your heaven . Do not ever call any Hindu a terrorist . If any Hindu had been terrorist -- where you will be ?
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                                      Mana
                                      Mar 18, 2016 at 2:22 am
                                      Mr. Modi well done!!. You have delivered a powerful and electrifying speech in World Sufi forum, yesterday. You have proved that you are more a Prime Minister of India than a BJP leader. In a society people think differently; they have different opinions and many a times conflicting interest. BUT, Govt of the day has to work with everybody e.g. Govt has to protect the interest of a Laborer who wants to increase his wages at the same time, somehow, Govt has to work with farmer who has emplo that Laborer and wants reduce his wages…………….Govt has to manage to work with everybody and try to protect their interest in a balanced way.
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                                        D N
                                        Mar 18, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                        Since crucial elections are coming so the discourse is changing. But who will believe? It is like wolf preaching the benefit of being vegetarian.
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                                          Nityananda
                                          Mar 18, 2016 at 1:48 am
                                          During his excellent speech Mr Modi said space exists in India for the minorities and unbelievers. Glad of your recognition to us unbelievers , Mr PM !
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                                            Indian
                                            Mar 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                            He's just another useless nautanki. You bhagats would be left counting number of slogans and controversies and scandals at the end of his one and last term. Come 2019 and RSS is out.
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