Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the inauguration of the World Sufi Forum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the inauguration of the World Sufi Forum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the inauguration of the World Sufi Forum

 

With the objective of finding more constructive ways to spread the Islamic message of peace and tolerance, the All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board is organizing a unique ‘World Sufi Forum’ in New Delhi from March 17 to 20, 2016. 

In his speech at the inauguration of the Forum on March 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it an ‘extraordinary’ event since it comes at a critical time for humanity when the world needs universal brotherhood more than ever before.

While reiterating India’s abiding belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World is one family), Prime Minister Modi emphasized that the world must advance the message of Sufism that stands for the principles of Islam and the highest human values.  He said that Islamic civilization stands on the solid bedrock of a great religion which has engaged with diverse civilizations and, in the process, enriched itself and the entire world.  Observing that 99 names of Allah denote compassion and mercy, encapsulating the spirit of Sufism and Islam; he added that the values Islam espouses are the needs of our times; such as peace, diversity and equality of faith. He underlined that the highest ideals of Islam have always rejected the forces of terrorism and extremism and urged for the revival of this glorious heritage.  He noted that India has a distinct Islamic heritage expressed in its art, architecture, culture and its spiritual and intellectual traditions. Further, the spirit of Sufism, the love for their country and the pride in the nation, defines the Muslims in India.

He also emphasized that the fight against terrorism was not a confrontation against any religion but a struggle between the values of humanism and the forces of inhumanity. “It is a battle that must be won through the strength of our values and the real message of religion and not only through military or other means”, he said.

Invoking teachings of Holy Quran, Bible, Muslim saints, Sufi Poets and other great Indian philosophers, he called upon everyone to challenge the forces of violence with the kindness of love and universal human values.

Full text and the video of the speech can be accessed through following link: http://pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/text-of-pms-address-at-the-world-sufi-forum/?comment=disable and Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hvkZE79Ec

Hundreds of Islamic scholars, Sufi luminaries, writers, journalists, university academicians, social activists and grassroots workers from across the world are participating in this event.