Source: News Bharati English28 Aug 2015 09:11:57

New Delhi, August 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that forces of extremism are attempting to weaken the Sufi ideology which has contributed significantly to the creation of a pluralistic and multi-cultural society in the country. In his remarks during a meeting with a delegation of 40 Barelvi Sufi Scholars from various parts of the country this evening, the Prime Minister said that forces of extremism are attempting to weaken the Sufi ideology today. 
PM Modi today said that the ideology propounded by Sufi saints is an integral part of Indian ethos, and has contributed significantly to the creation of a pluralistic, multi-cultural society in India. He added that it is essential for Sufi saints and scholars to counter these forces through various avenues including on social media, so that the ideology of extremism does not take root in India. The Prime Minister said that the tradition of Sufism has kept evil at bay, wherever it has continued to flourish. 

He exhorted the Muslim community in India to take maximum advantage of the skill development schemes and programmes being initiated by the Union Government. He assured the delegation that issues of Waqf property raised by the members would be looked into. He said Sufi culture and music should be suitably promoted in each State.

He said the ideology propounded by Sufi saints is an integral part of Indian ethos and the tradition of Sufism has kept evil at bay, wherever it has continued to flourish. Embeded Object

Earlier, during the course of their interaction with the Prime Minister, members of the delegation stated that Islam does not preach hatred or extremism. Expressing concern that certain forces do not wish the Muslim community of India to keep good relations with the Prime Minister, they said that so far, the divisive politics of vote-banks has resulted in the Muslim community interacting with the Government only through intermediaries; but now they want the Prime Minister to establish direct contact with the people of India, including the Muslims. They urged the Prime Minister to work towards development of people which is irrespective of caste, community or religion. Embeded ObjectOn the occasion, members of the delegation stated that Islam does not preach hatred or extremism. They expressed concern that certain forces do not wish the Muslim community to keep good relations with the Prime Minister saying that so far the divisive politics of vote-banks has resulted in the community but now they want to establish direct contact with the people including the Muslims.

The delegation also urged the Prime Minister to work towards development of people irrespective of caste, community or religion. 

The delegation members said that the spread of terrorism in the name of Islam represents a danger to peace all over the world, and there is urgent need to take action to marginalize the forces which are promoting "Jihad" for social, economic or political considerations. They added that there is need to spread awareness among the Muslim community that organizations such as the ISIS and Al-Qaeda do NOT represent the path of Islam. They also added that there is need to spread awareness among the Muslim community against the organizations like the ISIS and the Al-Qaeda as they do not represent the path of Islam.

President of the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board, Hazrat Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhwi, Chairman of Makhdoom Ashraf Mission of Kolkata, Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin Ashraf and Hazrat Syed Ahmed Nizami and Sajjada Nashin of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya of New Delhi were among those who were the part of the delegation.