India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need to build peace and harmony in the world, as hundreds of people attended the World Sufi Forum from March 17-20, 2016 in New Delhi.
With an aim to strengthen global peace, stand against violence and spread spiritual messages of Islamic faith, the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) organised the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi from March 17-20, 2016.
All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) is a body of Sufi-oriented Muslims in India, which was established with an objective of propagating peace among different faiths and traditions.
Delivering a speech at the World Sufi Forum, an event directed towards spreading the Islamic message of peace in the constantly rising global violence, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi welcomed the people in Delhi, which he said is a place with belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (World is one family).
“This is an extraordinary event of great importance to the world at a critical time for humanity. All are creations of God and if we love God, we must also love all his creations. When we think of the 99 names of Allah (God), none stand for force and violence,” said Narendra Modi.
Talking about India as a principle center of Islamic civilization, he explained, “Sufism is the voice of peace, co-existence, compassion and equality. Our nation emerged as one of the most vibrant hubs of Sufism. Sufism became the face of Islam in India, even as it remained deeply rooted in the Holy Quran, and Hadis. All our people, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, the micro-minority of Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India.”
Concerned about the rise in terrorist activities in the world Prime minister Modi said, “Terrorism divides and destroys us. When terrorism and extremism have become the most destructive force of our times, the message of Sufism has global relevance.”
“Terrorism is a daily threat. Each day brings us terrible news and horrifying images. The reach of terror is growing and its toll is rising every year. Since the beginning of this century, tens of thousands of families have lost their loved ones in thousands of terrorist incidents globally. We must reject any link between terrorism and religion,” he added.
Different religions, one message
Narendra Modi also reminded the world that all people and books from each religion teach the same thing.
“Let us be inspired by the message of Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti, with your spiritual light, dissolve the clouds of discord and war and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. Let us remember the Bible that calls us to do good, seek peace and pursue it”, he said.
“Remember Guru Nanak Devji’s prayer that may everyone in the world prosper and be in peace, Swami Vivekananda’s appeal against divisions and for people of all religions to hold the banner of harmony, not of dispute, oneness in Kabir’s observation that a river and its waves are one and reaffirm the enduring message of Ahimsa (non-violence) of Lord Buddha and Mahavira,” he added.
While concluding his speech Narendra Modi said “Let us challenge the forces of violence with the kindness of our love and universal human values and restore the light of hope and turn this world into a garden of peace.”