ET Bureau Mar 18, 2016, NEW DELHI: With 19 references related to terror, terrorism, terrorists and extremism in his speech at the World Sufi F
NEW DELHI: With 19 references related to terror, terrorism, terrorists and extremism in his speech at the World Sufi Forum, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Sufism(considered largely an Islamic tradition) as the ‘noor’ (light of hope) against the menace of global terror and invoked the message of Holy Quran for peace.
He rejected attempts to link terror and religion and called for advancing the message of Sufism as a value to “preserve and nurture diversity in our societies.” “We must reject any link between terrorism and religion. Those who spread terror in the name of religion are anti-religious.
And, we must advance the message of Sufism that stands for the principles of Islam and the highest human values,” Modi said invoking the message of Quran against violence: “Let us remember the teaching of the Holy Quran that if anyone slew one innocent person, it would be as if he slew a whole people; if anyone saved one life, it would be as if he saved a whole people.”
“Sufism became the face of Islam in India, even as it remained deeply rooted in the Holy Quran and Hadis,” Modi said suggesting that this tradition not only blossomed with an Indian ethos but also shaped Islamic heritage in India and south Asia. “Sufism blossomed in India’s openness and pluralism.
It engaged with her spiritual tradition and evolved its own Indian ethos. And, it helped shape a distinct Islamic heritage of India,” Modi said invoking the message of nonviolence.