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Gandhi’s non-violence movement is invincible: Syrian scholar

Gandhi’s non-violence movement is invincible: Syrian scholar
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Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence movement clubbed with Islamic values can assuage the political unrest in Syria. Such non-violence will yield a weapon that knows no defeat,” said renowned American-born Syrian Islamic Scholar Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni Ninowy at the Park Hyatt Hotel, on his maiden visit to Hyderabad.

“Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence movement clubbed with Islamic values can assuage the political unrest in Syria. Such non-violence will yield a weapon that knows no defeat,” said renowned American-born Syrian Islamic Scholar Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni Ninowy at the Park Hyatt Hotel, on his maiden visit to Hyderabad.

Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni NinowyShaykh was in Hyderabad to deliver a series of lectures on various topics including ‘Islam and Humanity’ and ‘Role of Muslim Youth’ at various centres in the city. Shaykh said that the autocratic and dictatorship regime that Syria is suffering from, must be changed and that change could only be achieved non-violently.

Shaykh Ninowy recollected Mahatma Gandhi who once said, “I learnt from Hussain how to achieve victory while being oppressed,” Shaykh added that India was a great civilisation with rich experiences, and in it were lessons that Syria could have learnt to cleanse the climate of terror.

Decrying the linkage of any religion with terrorism, he said that the worst kind of violence was the violence portrayed in the name of religion. When asked if the World War 3 has started as proclaimed by Pope Francis, Shaykh said, “Regardless of whether the war happens or not, we must put forth best efforts to contribute ever-positively and shouldn’t wait for the worst to strike to initiate action.”

The Syrian scholar hoped and believed India would extend its support to lead Syria through a non-violent revolution. Dr ShaykhNinowy is the senior-in-residence scholar at Madina Masjid and Institute in Atlanta, Georgia since 2000. He is also the founding director of ‘Planet Mercy’, and Madina Institute and Seminary in UK, South Africa, Canada and the USA.

Shaykh also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and is a doctor. He has authored several books, many which are now being translated in English.

By:Syed Khaled Shahbaaz

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