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Communal harmony vital for India’s progress

AHMEDABAD: Various speakers at a ‘national Islamic conference organized by the Kerala-based Markaz Saquafathi Sunniyya (MSS) on Saturday stressed the need to shun violence and improve relations between different communities, particularly between Hindus and Muslims.
Addressing the audience in an open ground in Shah Alam area here, MSS chancellor Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed said that Hindus, Muslims, Christians and other communities living in India should work together to promote national unity and development.
MSS director Dr. Abdul Hakim Azhari said that the 2002 riots always dominated any discussion on Gujarat. But riot is not a solution to problems, Azhari pointed out. He stressed the need to win over hearts and minds by promoting honest relationships. Azhari also advised Muslims to focus on higher education.
MSS is running five senior secondary schools, all CBSE affiliated, at different places in Gujarat. It is planning to launch a degree college in Rajkot from the next academic session.