Use ‘jihad” not to harm but to combat destructive emotions: Dalai Lama

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The real meaning of ‘jihad’ was not harming others, but to use “constructive emotion” to combat destructive emotions, the Dalai Lama today said as he used his appearance at famed Glastonbury music festival to describe Islamic State’s violence as “unthinkable”.

In a 30-minute speech before hundreds of rain-soaked campers, the Tibetan spiritual leader stressed the importance of the oneness of the planet’s seven billion people, and made a rare comment on the conflict in the Middle East and days after the Islamic State militants launched terror attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia.

The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, did not explicitly refer to ISIS terror group, but told an audience of hundreds: “In this very moment, in some part of the world, like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and some other places they’re killing, human to human being. Unthinkable. And the worst thing [is] conflict, killing each other, in the name of their faith. Unthinkable.”

He said all major religions carried a message of “love and tolerance and fairness” but that those values were being used by some to create division, The Guardian reported.

Dalai Lama also stated that the real meaning of jihad was not harming others, but to use “constructive emotion” to combat destructive emotions.

(With agency inputs)

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