Rising intolerance affects minorities: Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 13: President of National Conference (NC) Dr Farooq Abdullah today said the rise of intolerance in the country has severely affected religious minorities especially Muslims.
Addressing various gatherings at Syed Hamid Pura Nawabazar and Boulevard in Srinagar today, he said that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led Government at Centre is hell bent upon destroying the secular fabric of the country.
He urged upon the people of the country to vote the BJP out of power as they did it in the recently held Assembly elections in the States. “People of the country showed BJP its right place by voting their Governments out in the recently concluded elections. They should repeat it in other parts of the country as well”, he said.
Abdullah urged the Muslims to forge unity and give befitting retort to “forces contriving to divide the community”.
The NC president said that Muslims across the world should not get swayed away by sectarian violence. “It was high time for Muslims to imbue the teachings of Islam in their daily lives. Muslims across the world should realize that getting swayed by sectarian strife will only ruin them,” he said.
Recounting the achievements of Islamic civilization and culture Dr Abdullah said: “The Islamic achievements in medieval medicine were ground breaking and the advent of Islam gave impetus to many discoveries in many fields ranging from architecture to geography.”
He said that the need of the hour is to draw inspiration from the achievements of Islam of which peace and brotherhood has always been an essential ingredient.
The NC president said that during these trying times, Muslim should follow the teachings of Islam which preaches peace and harmony. “Islam is all about love, peace and compassion. The name of Islam is enough to impress upon us the importance of peace as the word denotes same,” he said adding that Holy Prophet (SAW) is the prophet of mercy for all the worlds and that the blessed life of Holy Messenger of Islam (SAW) is characterized by fortitude, patience, empathy, forgiveness and moderation.
Abdullah visited the family of late Ghulam Ahmad Jan and expressed condolences with the bereaved. He also visited the residence of Haji Ghulam Muhammad Dug and condoled him on the demise of his wife. He prayed for the departed souls and strength to the bereaved.