NEW DELHI—Religious leaders belonging to different faiths have said that religious does not divide, it unites all human being.
They made the comments while speaking at a seminar in Jaipur recently.
On the occasion, they also floated a ‘Dharmik Jan Morcha’, a body to promote love and amity among people of all faiths.
Addressing the seminar, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Vice President Prof. Mohammad Saleem Engineer said that violence took place when people did not follow their religion properly.
“It is not necessary to agree with each other’s views and faiths. What is needed is that we should respect each other’s right to disagree”, he remarked.
“Religious leaders of different faiths are the real face of India”, said Mr. Engineer.
Speaking on the occasion, Galta Peethadhish Awadhesh Acharya Maharaj said, “Those people who happen to be elders of the society, are now creating misunderstandings towards each other. This is an extremely politicised situation, where we are living with apprehension, arousing hatred in our hearts toward one another.”
Mufti Mohammad Zakir Noumani of Jaipur, said, “The role of religious gurus is very significant in enhancing the atmosphere of love and harmony in the society”. He suggested intensifying mutual dialogues and discussions.
Bishop Oswald Lewis, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaipur, said, “We have to convince our followers that we are all children of God and if we love God, we must love our siblings too.”
Mahamandaleshwar Pandit Purushottam Bharti said, “Some vested interests want to disintegrate the country by spreading hatred. We should warn them that they will not succeed in their mission as the countrymen live with mutual love and affection”.
Giani Gardeep Singh, head of Gurdwara Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur, said, “Our greatest strength is that we all believe in God and we are all really born with the same light.
Shia cleric Maulana Sadiq Hussaini said: “Prophet Muhammad says the best person is the one who benefits others”.
Emphasising unity among religious leaders, Ms. Sneha Bahen of Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya University stated, “If all religious leaders get united, then peace will prevail in the country”.
Acharya Praveen Bhai Ji of Saras Nikunj Peeth said that religious leaders had a big responsibility to maintain peace in the country.
Fr Vijay Paul Singh, President of Christian Shakti Committee, Shri Shyam Sundar Ji of Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya University, Maulana Habibur Rahman of Niazi Dargah and Mir Qurban Ali Sahab also expressed their views.