The Dalai Lama calls Islam one of the great religions

The Dalai Lama Tuesday hailed Islam as one of the great religions of the world, saying true jihad was about fighting “negative emotions” within oneself.

Speaking after receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt)
degree from Delhis Jamia Millia Islamia university, the Tibetan
spiritual leader said that some mischievous elements were bringing a bad
name to Islam.

“I defend Islam,”
the Dalai Lama said, “we should not generalize Islam due to few
mischievous people. Such mischievous people are there among Hindus,
Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and all religions”.

“Islam is one of the very important religions for many centuries, in
the past, present and future it is the hope of millions of people,” he

“Some Muslims in this country (India) told me genuine Islam
practitioner must extend love and compassion to all creatures. If a
person creates bloodshed they are not Muslims,” he said adding, “the
meaning of jihad is a struggle within ourselves against all negative
emotions like anger, hatred, attachment, that creates problem in the

He said though he received similar honour from many universities
around the world, he was particularly honoured to receive it from a
renowned Islamic institution of higher learning in India.

Indo-Asian News Service

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