Swaraj’s remarks came while addressing the inaugural session of the foreign ministers' meet of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This was the first time that India was invited to the OIC meet.
The OIC is a gathering of 47 Muslim-majority countries and is the second-largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations (UN). The collective population of OIC member states is over 1.9 billion people.
Speaking to the OIC, Sushma Swaraj said while Islam in essence means peace, it was the distortion of Islam that has come to threaten peace across the world.
Swaraj said, “The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be. Just as Islam literally means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion and brotherhood.”