Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Islam as a “faith of peace” and Sufism as one of its greatest contributions, addressing a global audience on the opening day of the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi.
The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Inaugurating the 4-day World Sufi Forum in New Delhi last evening, Mr Modi said, those who spread terror in the name of religion are anti-religious.
Sufism should guide the world, as terrorism is trying to divide humans. Of Allah’s 99 names not one stands for violence, added he.
In reference to the terror group Islamic State, Modi said, “Parents in 100 countries live with the daily pain of their children lost to the battlefields of Syria.”
Sufism blossomed in India’s openness and pluralism, and engaged with spiritual tradition and evolved its own ethos. He said, Sufism spreads the message that one who loves God, must also love all of his creations, he added.
He added on the importance of nurturing and reviving the culture and norms of Sufism among the South Asian countries, rather than reproducing violence and terrorism. The Prime Minister pushed on the need for universal brotherhood.
The Prime Minister said the believers and non-believers both are an integral part of India when asked about cultural diversity.
He also recalled the contribution of Sufisim to poetry and Indian music. “When the spiritual love of Sufism, not the violent force of terrorism, flows across the border, this region will be the paradise on earth that Amir Khusrau spoke about,” Modi said, referring to the 13th century Sufi poet.
More than 200 Indian and international delegates, including Sufi Shuyukh, spiritual leaders, scholars, academicians and masters of Sufism, are participating in the event. It is being organized by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board, the pinnacle of Sufi Dargahs in India.
Some Sunni groups, however, have opposed the Sufi event, saying it was attempt to “divide Muslims”. “Why are Sufis aligning with divisive forces?” the leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Arshad Madni had said at a press conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Sufi Meet