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New Delhi, May 04, 2019

Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind along with a delegation called on President of Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India, Rev. Oswald cardinal Gracias at his residence in Mumbai for expressing solidarity with Sri Lanka terror victims. He also had an hour long meeting with him for having a detailed discussion over aftermath of recent terror attacks. On this occasion, they both released a joint statement reiterating the fact that acts of terror cannot be associated with any religion. In doing so it would be an insult to a religion itself. Conveying sympathy on behalf of Indian Muslims to the Christian brethren Jamiat delegation said that they stand shoulder to shoulder with the aggrieved Christian community.  Maulana Madani also announced that Rev. Oswald cardinal Gracias would be chief guest of the Jamiat’s much awaited Eid Millan celebration this year.

(1)  Both religious leaders while issuing joint statement said that it is the prime most duty of all faith leaders to stand up and use all resources at their hands to cleanse the society of this most heinous evil.  They also said that recent terror attacks in hotels and churches of Srilanka have sent a shock wave across the world. We all peace loving citizens of the country unequivocally condemn this dastardly act.  Those involved in the attack are anti-human, anti-God anti-civilization and incarnation of devilish forces. To associate them with any faith would be most sacrilegious to the faith itself. Therefore, the people of all faiths must disown and condemn such barbarous individuals and groups. It is our duty that we must expose them and banish them from the civilized society.

Beside that they also declared under mentioned points:

(1)The terrorist attacks become all the more gruesome if launched under the garb of religious and holy mission. Besides causing great loss of innocent lives, the very peace and harmony is destroyed. It is the prime most duty of all faith leaders to stand up and use all resources at their hands to cleanse the society of this most heinous evil.

(2)  Attacks on religious places and during religious festivals such as Easter are perpetrated with design to cause divide between people of various faiths and communities. Therefore we feel it all the more necessary that we stand together with our Christian brothers everywhere and assure them that we share their sorrows and pains and express our solidarity with them.

(3)  We appeal to the government and law-enforcement agencies all over the world to be more vigilant and take effective precautionary measures making it impossible for any terrorist groups to play havoc with the life and property of civil society anywhere.

(4)  Sri Lanka being our closest neighbour , we are ready with offer of help to enable the victims to get over the unprecedented crisis in their lives. We propose to depute high level delegation of various faiths to Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities of cooperation and also to offer our sincere condolence to the bereaved families.

We hope that Sri Lankan Government will properly enquire the matter and stern action will be taken against those who are guilty.

(5)  We sincerely hope that media and peace-loving citizens of this country will extend their fullest cooperation for our endeavor against terrorism. We express our resolve to continue our struggle against terrorism and for global peace. We appeal to everyone irrespective of their religion, caste and creed to come forward for saving the humanity and maintaining social harmony and peace.

The delegation of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also included Maulana Nadeem Siddqi president Jamiat Maharasthra unit and Maulana Huzaifa Qasmi


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