Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the campaign against terrorism and extremism was not aimed at any religion but at a mentality that deceived young people to harm innocent people.
“Those who commit crimes against humanity may not know that they are harming the religion they claim to defend,” Modi said at an event organized by the Islamic Cultural Center of India in which the King of Jordan, Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, delivered a special address on “Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation” here.
“The campaign against terrorism, extremism and radicalization is not a campaign aimed at any particular faith,” he said. “Rather, it is directed against that mentality that is cheating our youth to torture innocent people.”
The prime minister said that India is a land where all religions flourished.
“Every religion found life here, it grew up here, every Indian is proud of this virtue, no matter what language he speaks, no matter what religion he practices,” he said.
“Be Buddha 2,500 years ago or Mahatma Gandhi in the last century, the fragrance of peace and love has spread all over the world from India, India has given the idea of ’Vasudev Kutumbakam’, which means that the world Our family is the whole, India found its identity by considering people from all over the world as a family, “he said.
Modi said that in India efforts are being made for an integral development that will take them all because the prosperity of a nation is inextricably linked to the happiness of all people.
“The big meeting here today shows that everyone wants to lead the next generation on the right path,” he said.
“It also indicates that you not only want the progress of young people, but you also want to instill human values in them.”
Modi said that overall development and happiness would be possible only when a young Muslim is seen with a Qur’an in one hand and a computer in the other.
Affirming that inhumane acts are not represented by any religion, he said that all religions, sects and communities exist to promote human values.
“Therefore, it is essential that our youth bear in mind the human aspects of Islam in their minds, while, on the other hand, make use of advances in modern science and technology for their own development,” he said.
Affirming that there were two Indians among the signatories of the Amman Declaration, Modi assured King Abdullah that India will march alongside him in his efforts against deradicalization.
The Amman Declaration is a statement calling for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world that was issued in November 2004 by King Abdullah.
In his special speech, King Abdullah said that the world war on terror was not a struggle between different religions, but between moderates and extremists.
“The global war on terror today is not a struggle between different religions or people, it is between moderates of all religions and communities against extremism, hatred and violence,” said the King.
“What is heard in the news and what is shown about religion is what separates people,” he said.
He added that all over the world, suspicions are inflamed by what different groups do not know about others.
“Such ideologies of hate distort the word of God – to provoke conflicts and justify crimes and terror.
“We have to take these things seriously … they should never be allowed to distract us from the truth that faith must unite humanity,” he said.
He said that faith inspires countries like India and Jordan, where different religious and ethnic groups have lived together.
“It is faith that unites different civilizations, compassion, mercy and tolerance are values shared by billions of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world, these values unite us to act for our future future,” he said. .
Earlier on Thursday, the Jordanian king, who arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day state visit, received a welcome ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here
Last month, King Abdullah received Modi at his residence in Amman. Jordan had facilitated Modi’s transit to Palestine on what was India’s first prime minister’s visit to that West Asian nation.