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At Sufi meet, Modi lauds Islam as a religion of peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with delegates at the opening ceremony of the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi on Thursday.— Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with delegates at the opening ceremony of the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi on Thursday.— Photo: Shanker Chakravarty  



In reading Islam as a religion of peace, the Prime Minister may, however, have broken with many Hindutva outfits that, academic studies have argued, have tended to highlight Islam as an “invader” in India.

The PM also saw the basic attributes of Sufism among Indian Muslims: “It is this spirit of Sufism, the love for their country and the pride in their nation that define the Muslims in India.”

“They are shaped by the values of the Islamic heritage of India. It upholds the highest ideals of Islam and has always rejected the forces of terrorism and extremism,” he said.

Underlining that Islam is a religion of peace, Mr. Modi 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.” While asserting that the fight against terror was not a fight against any religion but one between humanism and inhumanity, he hit out at terror as a threat to religion itself. “Terrorists distort a religion whose cause they profess to support.”

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