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Mahatma is a true Jihadi: Sargut

Mahatma Gandhi's fight with his ego and subsequent victory represents the qualities of what can be termed as true Jihad according to an eminent Islamic spiritual leader from Turkey.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2008 14:57 IST

Mahatma Gandhi's fight with his ego and subsequent victory represents the qualities of what can be termed as true Jihad according to an eminent Islamic spiritual leader from Turkey.

"Gandhi is the martyr who has performed the real Jihad. As he taught us to first fight with one's ego and win, but never with guns," said Sheika Cemalnur Sargut, who heads the Istanbul branch of TURKKAD,the Turkish Women's cultural Association.

Drawing comparisons between a Haji and the Mahatma, Sargut said," Mahatma Gandhi is dressed exactly like one performing Haj. Muslims wear single unstiched clothing 'ihram' while performing Haj. This is a proof that he is always before Allah. He teaches real Islam", she adds.

Sargut is one of the main speakers of 'The World Council of Women Spiritual Leaders' summit which is going on in Jaipur from March 6-10.

Women leaders cutting across faiths from over 50 countries have gathered in Jaipur to deliberate on various global issues and encourage women leadership.

The delegates from countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Sudan, Palestine, Nepal, Tibet, Japan, United States and Afghanistan among others will be present at the event.

Talking about the growing intolerance and suspicion against Muslims and rise of Islamic militancy. Sargut said that "It is unfortunate that the West is trying to project Muslims as using violence, there are lots of so called Jihadi groups in Christianity ready to kill Muslims."