Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said he condemned those tried to ‘demonise’ Islam by perpetrating acts of terror against innocent persons and urged Muslims all over the world to unite in isolating and exposing the nefarious designs of such divisive forces.
Mufti was speaking at the maiden convocation of Aamir Kaleemi Arabic College at Pannur (Chennai) on Sunday.
The chief minister, who heads the country’s only Muslim-majority state, said it was because of the visionary leaders like Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad that Indian Muslims today were setting an example around the world in following the teachings of Islam in its truest sense.
“These are troubled times for Muslims and we need to join our hands together to isolate and expose these fringe groups,” Mufti said, referring to the Paris attacks, and added that violence “never was and never will” be a solution to any problem.
Citing examples of unique art and craft of places like Moradabad and Mirzapur, the chief minister exuded confidence saying Muslims who are blessed with enormous skills will positively contribute in the growth and development of the country.
“We need to provide leadership and guidance to the highly-skilled Muslims so that they play their part in making India a global force to reckon with,” he added.
Expressing concern over abysmal condition of majority of the Muslims, the CM termed the Sachar Committee recommendations as a positive step, which encourages improvement in indicators of growth.
Mufti said he will vigorously pursue with the Centre the formulation of a monitoring committee to see that the recommendations of the Sachar Committee are implemented and favoured a scholarship scheme for bright poor students.
Mufti singled out training and skills as two most important factors which enhance chances of gainful employability. “For you, it is now a transition from the world of ideas to the world of action. With skills at your disposal, I am sure you will be able to make a mark,” he said.