Religious leaders speak in one voice
“Terrorism has no religion. It is wrong to say that fundamentalists are terrorists. Fundamentalists actually follow true religion. It is the unholy people who are resorting to such issues,” said Swami Lakshmi Shankaracharya.
He was speaking at a seminar, Religion does not permit terrorism, organised by Navi Mumbai police and NGO Quran the Truth Foundation (QTTF) at Nerul on Friday.
Maulana Syed Athar Ali echoed his words, saying all communities should come together and counter such ideas.
The seminar was organized as part of the anti-terrorism week being observed by Navi Mumbai police. Stating that there is no intolerance in the country, the Shankaracharya said, “It is only the politicians who are intolerant.”
Athar Ali said: “Terrorism is a global issue and our country too is bearing the brunt with people suffering. Some people are talking the language of religious hatred and enmity, hence such programmes are required.”
He added, “This country of ours has for ages been a symbol of Hindu- Muslim unity. If some people do acts that disturb peace, we need to counter them and take the country towards progress.”
Ali said, “Some people take the name of Islam and commit violence and take lives, be it the ISIS, al Qaida, Taliban, Lashkare-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed. They can have names l i ke Hafiz Saeed, Azhar Mehmood or Bhaghdaidi, but if their acts are such they are not Muslims.”
Police commissioner Prabhat Ranjan said, “Our society needs to support the police to combat terrorism. The youth need proper guidance and it should begin at home. I am sure programmes likes these will go a long way in clearing misconceptions and also prepare people to fight divisionary forces.”
KP Sharif, president of QTTF, said: “It is important that members of various communities meet and discuss such issues. It helps understand each other and also build confidence.”
He added, “We condemn terrorism in any form and always support the authorities to ensure peace and communal harmony.