Religious lead­ers speak in one voice

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“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.

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