MODI PRAISES SU­FISM AND CON­DEMNS TER­ROR­ISM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi de­scribed Is­lam as a “faith of peace” and Su­fism as one of its great­est con­tri­bu­tions, ad­dress­ing a global au­di­ence on the open­ing day of the World Sufi Fo­rum here on Thurs­day. Ter­ror­ism dom­i­nated the dis­cus­sion at the three-day event in which Sufi schol­ars from around the world are tak­ing part. Modi joined the del­e­gates to de­nounce ter­ror.

“Of the 99 names of Al­lah, none stand for force and vi­o­lence and the first two names de­note com­pas­sion­ate and mer­ci­ful. Al­lah is Rah­man and Ra­heem…Those who spread ter­ror in the name of re­li­gion are anti-religious,” Modi said. “When the spir­i­tual love of Su­fism, not the vi­o­lent force of ter­ror­ism, flows across the bor­der, this re­gion will be the par­adise on earth that Amir Khus­rau spoke about.”

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