India

Interfaith leaders ask people to promote communal harmony and understanding

New Delhi: Unanimously denouncing the growing communal hatred in the country, all the interfaith leaders at an Iftar programme in Jaipur have asked people to promote love and harmony. Speaking at the Iftar programme organized by Dharmik Jan Morcha in Jaipur they have asserted that a country cannot be run by hatred but by love and harmony.

Speaking on the occasion, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Vice President and National Coordinator of Dharmik Jan Morcha Prof. Salim Engineer said, “all the castes and communities in our country have been living in harmony and brotherhood for centuries. Now some misguided people want to spoil this atmosphere of love. We all must remember that the only cure for hatred is love and it is the only way with which hatred can be defeated.   

It was attended by leaders of different religions including Shri Goswami Sushil Maharaj, President of Bhartiya Sarva Dharma Sansad, Khadim Syed Bilal Chishti of Ajmer Dargah, Maulana Sadiq Hussaini from Iran Culture House Delhi, Prof. Kaushlendra Das of Jagadguru Ramanadacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University, brother Shyam Sundar and sister Rakhi from Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya, Bishop Oswald Lewis of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaipur, Father Melvin and Father Vijay Pal Singh, Shri Ram Rai from the Gayatri Parivar, Dr. Syed Habibur Rahman Niazi, Sajjada Nasheen of Dargah Mir Qurban Ali Shah, Mr. Praveen Bhaiya Ji from Saras Nikunj and Mr. Muhammad Nazimuddin, JIH Rajasthan State President.

Addressing the program, Shri Goswamiji Sushil Ji Maharaj said, “the country can only be run with love and harmony.”

Referring to the fasting month of Ramadan, Bishop Lewis said, “in Christianity too there is a provision of fasting for 40 days in the same way. When we turn away from God due to sin, fasting brings us closer to God.”

In his inaugural speech, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Siddiqui, state Coordinator of Dharmik Jan Morcha stated that the purpose of fasting is to inculcate piety in man which makes us feel the presence of God at all times.

On the occasion, the religious leaders have also emphasized organizing interfaith programmes at a large scale across the country to understand different faiths and promote religious understanding.

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