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Sufism is the only tool to retain peace in world: Israel ambassador
TNN, Sep 3, 2010, 12.04am IST
AJMER: Israel Ambassador to India Mark Sofer on Monday evening offered a chadder' at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddhin Chisthi here. He also particiapted in the roza iftaar' organized in the dargah.
"From this place, I want to give the message that sufism is the only tool which could retain peace and harmony in the world," said the ambassador.
"At this time, when talks between Israel and Palastine are moving ahead in Washington, I want to clear our stand of cooperation and harmony."
The visit of the ambassador is the first visit by any official of Israel to dargah in history. Talking to media persons, he said that only sufism can help to solve problems and which can help us to grow together. " Judaism and Islam are basically sister religions and both teach us love and peace. The sufi is found in both religions and even the kabbalah system is found in Judaism," said Sofer.
Talking on terrorism, Sofer said that people who are dying in these terrorist attacks all over the world are mostly Muslims. "Those who are spreading terror and deaths are not Muslims. " Osama Bin Laden is not a Muslim but is extremist and terrorist," added Sofer.
"India is a big country and people living here are Indians whether Muslim or Hindu or Sikh. "In 26/11, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs were killed and this cannot be an act of any Muslim..."We cannot blame any community for spreading terrorism."
On terror threats on Chabads -- the community centre of Israel -- in India, he said that this is the concern of Indian government. He said that in 26/11 and in Pune bomb blast, Indians were killed in numbers. Sofer was welcomed by Anjuman -- an organization of khadims and he wrote in his message that he wanted and pray for peace and harmony in Pakistan, Afghanistan and in South Asia. He wrote that he wanted that the message of Sufism spread in the world. He was also delighted to come to the dargah.
Talking on India-Israel relations, he said that Israel is bringing irrigation technology to Rajasthan and there are talks over treatment of saline water in the state. "Two companies of Israel have MoUs with Rajasthan government to improve the dairy farming. "Rajasthan is mostly arid and the major problem is water. The technology can help us to improve the situation," he said.
"The work of government of different countires is not only to deal politically but also to see that somehow the life of human beings improve by cooperation," he said.