Prime Minister Narender Modi on March 17 won the hearts of thousands of Sufi lovers, when at the World Sufi Forum he not only quoted great Sufi poets but also stressed on celebrating diversity and pluralism.
PM Modi was inaugurating the four-day World Sufi Forum which is being organised by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board.
During his speech he also indirectly quoted the Holy Quran, where it says ‘mankind was one community’ and synchronised it with that of Hindu belief in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, that is ‘world is one family’.
He even tried to reach out to Muslim population and stressed at the importance of maintaining diversity and pluralism within Indian society and said:
“All our people, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India… Diversity is a basic reality of nature and source of richness of a society; and, it should not be a cause of discord….Sufism blossomed in India’s openness and pluralism. It engaged with her spiritual tradition and evolved its own Indian ethos.”
PM Modi also drew people’s attention to the fact that in 2015 alone some $100 billion was spent to combat terrorism world over and quickly added that Islam had nothing to do with it. He said:
“Allah has 99 names and none of them stands for violence.”
It was interesting to note that when PM Modi took the podium and even when he finished his speech, the audience erupted into saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai, referring to the controversy that was raked up by Asaduddin Owaisi few days back.
PM Modi even quoted few Sufi Poets that he likes, here are the quotes that he read out:
From Amir Khusro:
From Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti:
From Hazrat Nizamuddin:
From Sheikh Saadi Shirrazi:
From Bulleh Shah: