New Delhi: While underlining that any kind of violence against innocent persons is anti-Islamic, anti India and anti humanity, Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat Ulama Hind on Sunday said communalism posed a greater threat to India than terrorism.
"The communal politics has become a major challenge today and it is a greater threat to the country than terrorsim in the present scenario.
"Rising communalism is set to destroy the country. But, we will not allow this to happen", Arshad Madani said while addressing "Aman and Ekta Sammelan" at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
Stating that majority of Indians are peace loving, General Secretary of Jamiate Ulama Mahmood Madani in his address to the sammelan stressed that Islam is the religion of dialogue with no place for violence.
“Majority of Indians are peace-loving. Peace is in India’s DNA. We do have differences with each other, but we cannot be enemies,” Mahmood Madani said.
The conference saw participation of top religious leaders of various faiths and sects including Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Ashram Rishikesh who was the chief guest.
Besides others, the Sammelan was addressed by Akal Takht Amritsar Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jain guru Acharya Lokesh Muni, head of Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Chinmiya Mission Chennai leader Swami Mitranand, Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya, Gandhian Shankar Sanyal and Pandit N.K. Sharma, President, Universal Association for Spiritual Awareness.
Giani Gurbachan Singh in his address said that all religious texts and founders of religions have stressed on peace and urged people of different faiths to live like a family.
He said that India equally belongs to people of all faiths and sects and to any single community or faith.
“Faiths may be different but they all lead to one ultimate truth much like the purpose of water is to quench thirst no matter if it is called pani, aab or water,” Singh said,
Swami Chidanand Saraswati said that it is wrong to blame Islam for the wrongdoings of a few people and urged the people to work unitedly to alleviate poverty from India and to preserve its environment as he presented a plant to the JUH Presidnet.
“Today’s conference has been organised to bridge the gulfs and erase the differences. We have to spread the message of Islam which is that of peace,” Saraswati said.
Acharya Lokesh Muni said that differences of opinion are bound to be there in any society but there must not be any bitterness or enmity with each other due to these differences.
“Violence begets violence. Violence is not solution to anything. We can resolve every issue through discussion,” Muni said.
Rinpoche said that all religions teach love, compassion and peace and that what people should practice.
The Declaration adopted at and ratified by the conference said: “In this crucial time...no longre shall words and acts of hatred and division be tolerated. We pledge to unify across all sects, faiths, castes and creeds to lend our hands and hearts for a new era dedicated to greener and more harmonious future, in which all are included, none is excluded and fellowship reigns true.”