Last Thursday, Narendra Modi addressed the World Sufi Forum during the Sufi gathering that is going on in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister had hailed Islam as the religion of peace, and had commented saying “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.”
The World Sufi Forum leaders have now urged the PM to ‘rectify historic blunders’ that have helped promote extremist ideologies in India.
These comments came from the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board, who said that the government needs to help revive Sufism to combat terrorism in a 25 point declaration.
“There is a sense of fear among Muslims due to riots. Government should alleviate this fear and Union Home Ministry should spell out what steps have been taken with regard to all the small or big communal incidents and riots that have taken place so far in different parts of the country,” said the AIUMB President, Syed Mohammad Ashraf.
Ashraf also asked the Prime Minister to pay heed to the demands of the community of Sufis, saying that there have been efforts to weaken Sufism in India in the past. “In the past few decades, there have been concerted efforts to weaken Sufism in India and replace it with extremist and radical ideology…
The phenomenon is dangerous, not just for the Muslim community but also for the country. We request the Prime Minister to rectify these historical blunders,”the AIUMB President said.
The leader further went ahead to say that there has been a clear lack of leaders of the Muslim community in key positions, and that needs to be taken care of by the PM. He requested, all the governments of the world, and especially the Indian government to help revive Sufism.
Ashraf also commented on the issue of intolerance when he was asked about it, and he said “We cannot determine the picture based on a few incidents. We should treat these as causes for alarm. We should try and ensure that our Ganga-Yamuna culture is not affected since there are signs that it is being weakened. Then we should try and strengthen it.”
He also asked for a Central Sufi Center to be created in New Delhi, which will help promote Sufi literature, music and culture. He additionally asked for a Sufi University to be opened in the name of Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz.