Complete prosperity and progress of Muslim youths is possible only when you see that Muslim youths have Quran in one hand and computer in the other, said PM Modi.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the fight against terrorism was not against any religion, but against a mindset that misguides the young. He was speaking at a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation’, at the Vigyan Bhawan with India’s top Muslim leaders on the stage.
“The campaign against terrorism, extremism and radicalization is not against any religion. This is against the mindset that misguides our youths and influences them on unleashing atrocities on innocents,” said the PM.
PM Modi said India had been a “cradle of all major religions in the world.” Indian democracy is a celebration of age old pluralism, he added.
“The soul of religion can never be inhuman. Every faith, community and tradition are for promoting human values. The biggest need of the time is that our youths are attached with humane Islam and could use modern science and means of development,” said the PM.
“In India, our efforts are to take all along for development of all because destiny of entire country is linked with development of all citizens and because prosperity of everyone is attached with prosperity of the nation,” said the PM.
Among eminent Muslim leaders sitting on the stage were Maualan Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, top Shia cleric and vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalb-e Sadiq, national president of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maulana Asghar Imam Mehdi, Shaikh Abu Bakr from Kerala and noted scholar Prof. Akhtarul Wasey.
Addressing the Muslim leaders, the PM said: “Your presence here in large number is an indication that there is lot of enthusiasm in you to guide the new generations.”
“This also shows that your attention is not just on the progress of the youths but also on their teaching of human values.”
PM Modi said: “Full prosperity and multi-pronged progress is possible only when you see that Muslim youths have Quran in one hand and computer in the other.”
On his three-day visit to India, Jordan King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein was also present and spoke at the conference. He lauded India’s religious plurality in success against extremism. “Our strongest defence against turmoil is inclusion,” he averred.