Live: 99 names for Allah, none of them stand for violence, says PM Modi at World Sufi Forum

Mar, 17 2016 IST

  • 20:23 (IST)

    'Lord is mixed in every heart'

    "Lord is mixed in every heart. These values are the needs of our times. This is the reality of nature. And it reminds us when we think of the 99 names of Allah, none stands for force and violence. And that the first two names are compassionate and merciful - Allah is Rahman and Rahim," said PM Modi. 

    "Sufism becomes the face of Islam in India even as it remains deeply rooted in the holy Quran and holy Hadith. All our people, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India. Just as it once came to India, today Sufism from India has spread across the world. Let me paraphrase what I have said before: Terrorism divides and destroys us. Terrorism uses diverse motivations and causes, none of which can be justified. The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be,"

  • 20:21 (IST)

    'Lets remember the teachings of Holy Quran'

    "The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be. Diversity is a basic reality of Nature and source of richness of a society; and, it should not be a cause of discord," says PM Modi.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    'Terrorism divides us and destroys us'

    "We learn this wisdom in perfect balance and harmony that exists in vast diversity of our forests. Sufism is united by common faith. Let me paraphrase what I have said before: Terrorism divides and destroys us. The values of harmony, welfar, compassion and love for humanity are foundations of a just society," says PM Modi.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    "All our people, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India. Just as it once came to India, today Sufism from India has spread across the world. The first two names of Allah are compassionate and merciful. Allah is Rahman and Allah is Rahim."

  • 20:11 (IST)

    'Sufism blossomed in India's openness and pluralism'

    "Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya said almighty holds dear to those who love for him for the sake of human beings and those who love human beings for the sake of almighty. This is the message of oneness and humanity of all creations. Sufism is the celebration of diversity and pluralism. Sufism blossomed in India's openness and pluralism. It engaged with her spiritual tradition and evolved its own Indian ethos. Sufism's contribution to poetry in India is huge. Its impact on the development of Indian music is profound."

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    'Celebration of diversity and pluralism'

    "Sufism is the celebration of diversity and pluralism. Sufism is the voice of peace, co-existence, compassion, equality; a call to universal brotherhood."

    Sufism's contribution to poetry in India is huge and its impact on Indian music is profound, like Amir Khusro, says Modi. 

  • 20:06 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails Sufism and its teachings:

    "You represent the rich diversity of Islamic civilisation that stands on the solid bedrock of a great religion. It is a civilisation that reached great heights in 15th century in science medicine literature art architecture and commerce. For the Sufis, service to God meant service to humanity."

  • 20:03 (IST)

    We learn this wisdom in perfect balance and harmony: Modi

    "At a time when the dark shadow of violence is becoming longer, you are the noor or the light of hope. Sufis experience universal message of almighty that perfection in human life is reflected in qualities that are dear to god."

  • 20:00 (IST)

    'Service to God is service to humanity'

    "When young laughter is silenced by guns on the streets, you are the voice that heals. You have come from different lands and cultures, but you are united by a common faith. At a time when the dark shadow of violence is becoming longer, you are the noor or the light of hope," said Narendra Modi. 

  • 19:59 (IST)

    'Assembly of those whose lives are message of peace'

    Teachings of Sufism can solve many a problems that humanity is facing these days. Sufi scholars have played a key role to promote equality and brotherhood in the society for centuries. Wherever terrorism, extremism, immorality, cultural decadence, poverty and ignorance gathered momentum, Sufi teachings have been instrumental in eradicating these social evils. 


    "This is an assembly of those whose lives itself is a message of peace, tolerance and love," says Modi. 


    Sufi, ulama, and Mshaik believe that message of peace is desperately needed to deal with the current global crises in different regions of the world.

  • 19:56 (IST)

  • 19:55 (IST)

    PM Modi's message of peace

    "Extraordinary event of great importance at a critical time for humanity. At a time when dark shadows of violence are getting longer, you are the 'noor' of life."

  • 19:36 (IST)

    PM is going to add nothing new to the Forum: Owaisi

    The event and the news that PM Modi is attending it, has raised heckles of other Muslim organisations, including the two Madani factions of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind who are associated with Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. 

    Owaisi wondered if the PM was going to talk anything new. "All of us already know the beauty of Sufism."


    There is near unanimity among them that all sections of the community are deprived and this government has not been able to address their issues.

  • 19:35 (IST)

  • 19:29 (IST)

    PM Modi arrives at World Sufi Forum

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the venue to attend World Sufi Forum, where more than 200 Indian and international delegates, including Sufi Shuyukh, spiritual leaders, scholars, academicians and masters of Sufism, are participating.

    The four-day event is being organised by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), the apex body of Sufi Dargahs in India.

    The meeting is expected to debate on how Sufi teaching can prevent global terrorism. The conclave will also debate on how to guide the Muslim community away from sectarian division.

Those aware of the history of Delhi would know that a sobre and assuring voice emanating from revered sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia had kept intolerance and hatred away from religion. To an imperial decree to leave Delhi in 12th century, the sagacious saint loved by many, elites and plebian, had calmly said “Hunooz Delhi Door ast (Delhi is far away).”

Delhi being one of the most revered places, Sufis will be carrying this tradition of Sufism by hosting a four-day World Sufi Forum from Thursday. This initiative by All India Ulama Masharikh Board (AIUMB), the apex body representing Dargah in India, is being seen as attempt to present an effective antidote to terrorism masked as religious ideology. Thousands of scholars from across the world will attend the conference and speak their mind. The conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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According to organisers, 'good Muslim/bad Muslim' has essentially became a binary through which Islamic world is often defined of late. Despite serious attempts by scholars to delink religion with terror, dreaded outfits like the Islamic State (IS) used the religion as convenient pretext to propagate its philosophy of hate and intolerance.

Sufism, a variant of Islam largely prevalent in Asia, belies all the notions which Salafi Islam or Wahabbism stand for. Traversing from Central Asia to Pakistan and India, Sufism incorporated various local religious practices and music which are out rightly rejected by radical Islam

Though the conference would make a determined attempt to project various strands of Sufism which spread love and affection across the world, it will make a determined attempt to disabuse people of the false propaganda of the IS and other radical variant of Islam. Most significantly, Prime Minister Modi who took keen interest in hosting the meet, is expected to articulate his views on Indian Islam and secularism in this conference.

This conference comes in the backdrop of a congregation of Bohra Muslims that was held in Delhi recently. Bohras who are recognised as Muslims in Pakistan form a sizeable population in Gujarat and are known for their commercial enterprise across the country. Apparently, the World Sufi Forum is seen as a move by international Islamic scholars to present a most benign and progressive of Islam to counter the narrative weaved by Jihadists.


Published Date: Mar 17, 2016 08:58 pm | Updated Date: Mar 17, 2016 09:01 pm