Giving a big slap to people who are trying to polarize the country, a Sikh dominated Malla village in Ludhiana sets an example of communal harmony by building a mosque for the lone Muslim family.
The villagers not only help in getting fund for but also they actively took part in the construction work.It is to be noted that, Malla village has a population of around 5,000, of which 90% are Sikhs and 9% Hindus.
Acording to reports the mosque that had remained shut since 1947 after it’s run-down building collapsed. The Masjid was thrown open to the public on February 29 by the Shahi Imaam, Punjab.
“About six months ago, we approached the villagers, seeking their help to renovate it. Even as the village has just one Muslim family, the response had been overwhelming,” said Naib Shahi Imaam, Punjab, Muhammad Usmaan Ludhianvi, who inaugurated the mosque offering namaz .
The lone Muslim family is thankful to the Villagers. “Our Sikh brothers have always stood by us. And today, they helped rebuild our place of worship. We cannot thank them enough,” said Iqbal Hussain, a member of the lone Muslim family.
Jogi Verma, a Hindu who lives near the mosque, said, “We are proud of the fact that our village represents unity in diversity.”