CAIRO: Grand Mufti Shawki Allam travelled to India Wednesday to participate in the World Sufi Forum, an international conference on confronting terrorism and extremism, Al Ahram reported.
The conference, which will be attended by over 200 international scholars and spiritual leaders, is scheduled to kick off in the Indian capital New Delhi Thursday and will last for four days.
It will focus on how teachings of Islam can help fight terrorist groups, “which sanctions killing of innocents in the name of Islam,” Allam, who is scheduled to deliver a main speech during the inauguration, was quoted by Al Ahram.
He will also meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari along with the Indian minister for minorities affairs for talks on bilateral cooperation between Egypt and India on ways to combat terrorism and improve religious discourse.
“We said Muslims who visit shrines of Sufis and shun extremism are in the majority in India and we wanted to hold a global Sufi conference to denounce terrorism. He liked the idea,” Hazrat Syed Mohd Ashraf, the conference organizer was quoted by Times of India newspaper in February.
Muslims in India constitute an estimated 14 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion population.