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“I salute democracy, Constitution of India”, says Muslim World League Chief

New Delhi: Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary General Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa on Wednesday applauded India saying that he salutes the democracy, Constitution of India, Indian philosophy and country’s tradition which taught harmony to the whole world. He also underlined that the peaceful coexistence of all the religions that he witnessed in India is unique. […]

Edited By : Prateek Gautam | Updated: Jul 12, 2023 20:51 IST
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“I salute democracy, Constitution of India", says Muslim World League Chief
“I salute democracy, Constitution of India", says Muslim World League Chief

New Delhi: Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary General Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa on Wednesday applauded India saying that he salutes the democracy, Constitution of India, Indian philosophy and country’s tradition which taught harmony to the whole world. He also underlined that the peaceful coexistence of all the religions that he witnessed in India is unique.

Al-Issa is on a five-day visit to India that began on July 10. MWL is an organisation based in Saudi Arabia and representing Muslims worldwide.

While addressing the “Dialogue for Harmony among Religions” organised in collaboration with Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony (India), he said that he was delighted to meet the President of India Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, intellectual leaders as well as spiritual leaders during his India visit.

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“I salute Indian democracy with the bottom of my heart. I salute the Constitution of India. I salute the Indian philosophy and tradition that taught harmony to the world,” Al-Issa stated.

“Whenever there is a lack of dialogue between two, misunderstandings and problems arise. It is hence important that a bridge for dialogue should be built. In order to prevent the civilizational clash, we need to protect and guide the next generation from childhood,” Al-Issa asserted.

“We must stand against religious conflict so that fundamentalism does not re-emerge,” he said.

Al-Issa also took a jibe at the organisations that only promotes terrorism saying, “Misconceptions, hate theories and wrong perceptions have expedited the road from radicalization to terrorism. To entrench power, many leaders have used hate narratives to ensure their own control and relevance.”

“There are few organizations that are promoting wrong thoughts. When I saw the religious leaders here (India) and met them, they showed me a different picture talking about dialogue and peaceful coexistence,” Al-Issa underlined.

“Religious leaders today are …not working to promote understanding. Unlike certain organizations, Indian institutions and leaders I met talked about peace, tolerance and understanding rather than asserting their dominance,” Al-Issa added.

On Monday, Al-Issa arrived in India for his visit and is scheduled to meet with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, as well as Minister for Minority Affairs Smriti Irani. Earlier today, he also had a meeting with President Droupadi Murmu.

According to sources, there are possibilities of him visiting the Akshardham Temple in the national capital and engaging with notable personalities during his visit.

First published on: Jul 12, 2023 08:50 PM IST

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