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Extremism gives birth to separatism: Acharya Pramod

Aligarh: Addressing the Ali Day commemorative meeting at the Aligarh Muslim University's Athletics Ground on  20 April, noted interfaith ideologue and spiritual leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam, founder of Kalki Foundation of Moradabad said that no religious book teaches hatred against other religions and religious extremism gives birth to separatism, which further breeds terrorism. He said that “we have to fight both kinds of extremisms”.

Acharya Krishnam speaking at AMU’s Ali Day

Acharya Pramod Krishnam affirmed that the vision that Hazrat Ali presented some fifteen hundred years ago in Nahjul Balagha, remain valid still today. He said that Islam teaches love, peace, tolerance and large-heartedness. People who are trying to create differences amongst various sections of society ought to be denounced at all levels. He said that love to all is the corner stone of a tolerant world.

Urging AMU students to work for universal brotherhood, Acharya Krishnam said, "We resolve today on Sir Syed's land that we will not allow Gandhi's land to be turned into Godse's land". He said that there were international conspiracies to vilify Islam. He said that efforts should be made to popularize Hazrat Ali's teachings amongst common people.

Noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad said that service to humanity was the real religion and one does good only if he serves his country and countrymen with a religious fervour. He said there was no distinction between religious education and modern education in Islam and all streams of knowledge that served people in a constructive way fell within the ambit of religious education.

Chief Guest Mr. Ali Asghar Karbalai, MLA from Kargil in Jammu & Kashmir, said that Aligarh Muslim University was founded by Sir Syed who was amongst the descendents of Hazrat Ali, and as long as this institution existed, its founder's name would also continue to encourage people to work for the promotion of education. He said that Hazrat Ali's birth anniversary should be celebrated at the international level to popularize his teachings.

In his presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah said that Hazrat Ali was a brave, intelligent and immensely knowledgeable person and his personal traits were exemplary for the world. He warned Muslims of the hidden enemies of Islam who were trying to create divisions amongst them on the basis of faith and sects. He said Muslims had to remain united and get rid of the sectarian divisions amongst them in the name of Deobandi, Barelvi, Shia, Sunni sects, etc. Lt. Gen. Shah urged the people to counter terrorism to safeguard humanity from its excesses.

Welcoming the guests, Prof. Pervez Qamar Rizvi, President, Ali Society said that the Ali Society was established by Dr. Zakir Husain in 1953 during his vice chancellorship and Chancellor Syedna Taher Saifuddin patronized the organization.

Winners of essay, debate, speech and quiz competitions, held to mark the Ali Day, were also awarded with prizes.
Earlier, AMU Registrar Dr. Asfar Ali Khan inaugurated a Book Exhibition on Hazrat Ali at the Maulana Azad Library.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2016 on page no. 13

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