Prominent Indian Muslim scholar related on "Islamic unity, peace and avoidance of division and conflicts in the Islamic world" addressing the webinar on the first day of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference.
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Shabir Mandavi Vala, member of Jama’at Islami Party of India and representative at Islamic Information Center quoted Islamic references on the definition of jihad as part of the theme announced for the 35th Islamic Unity Conference, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
He defined Jihad as "to strive one’s utmost in achieving something but in the way of Allah"
Indian cleric said," This is very classic example of Jihad with one’s voice, to try to change something and to rectify and reform a propaganda of voice with voice" and added," But if all the voice fails and if all the diplomatic channels fail then the ultimate form of Jihad that is Jihad of Seif (sword) or the fight in the way of Allah emerges."
He reiterated that a Muslim can only fight to protect the oppressed and the ill-treated.
Shabir Mandavi Vala denounced the current wars taking place across the globe since they are all oppressing people rather than relieving them.
Representative at Islamic Information Center called on all Muslims to stand united and said;" If we do not stay united we would not fulfill the purpose of existence."
Senior Indian Muslim figure made the comments in his speech made on the first day of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference underway virtually and in presence of a limited number of Muslim scholars from across the world of Islam.
The theme for 35th Islamic Unity Conference is "Islamic Unity, Peace and Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the World of Islam" as participants discuss the latest situation in the world of Islam. Two meetings will particularly detail the views on the issue of Palestine and late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, the late advisor of Supreme Leader and former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.