In Lucknow, India's Diverse Religious Leaders Stand Against Terror, Promote Communal Amity

September 17, 2006

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

On September 17, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Leaders of different religious communities today condemned the acts of terrorism and denounced the attempts to link them with a particular religion. At a joint press conference here All India Muslim Personal Law Board Vice-President Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, AIMPLB member and Naib Imam of the Idgah Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangimahali, Sikh leader Rajendra Singh Bagga and Ram Janambhoomi temple priest Satyendra Dasji Maharaj stressed the need to promote communal amity and brotherhood. Denouncing terrorist incidents in the country, they said no particular religion should [be] held responsible for them as the religions never preach or support violence in any form... They said by remaining calm and peaceful in the wake of terrorist attacks in Varanasi, Mumbai and Malegaon... Muslim clerics criticised the United States for allegedly targeting Islam and attacking Iraq and Afghanistan and the Israeli aggression in Lebanon."