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Uttarakhand: Sikhs help 1,000 Muslims perform Eid Namaz in Gurudwara

Uttarakhand: Sikhs help 1,000 Muslims perform Eid Namaz in Gurudwara
Pic Courtesy: New Indian Express

Joshimath: Among the few instances where India witnessed harmony between religions, such as Hindus and Muslims uniting to complain against the usage of loudspeakers by mosques, Udupi’s Sri Krishna temple offering to organise an Iftar dinner for Muslims, Sikhs standing with Muslims against Bajrang Dal activists, Sikhs – Hindus joining hands to build mosque ahead of Ramzan, yet another incident took place to balance the ongoing religious hatred in a country comprising maximum religions and cultures in world.

“People from all religions must be tolerant and co-exist peacefully. Muslims have shown lot of affection for me in Mangaluru, Kasaragod, and Bhatkal. They have given their offering during the Paryaya festival. God is one to all mankind. Hindus and Muslims should live together in harmony. When there was an attempt to gherao Sri Krishna Temple, Muslims came forward to defend the mutt. There is history where both communities have co-existed peacefully in Udupi. It should become the model for people in Karnataka,” said Shri Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt, who spearheaded the dinner.

Heavy rainfall brought floods and despair to Joshimath, a town near Dehradun. The Muslim community of the town that had gathered together to perform their Sunday morning prayers (Bakr-Eid Namaaz) stood in disappointment as the usual open ground where they pray, got washed away badly due to the rains. Soon, they got in touch with their friends in the Sikh community, who immediately came to their rescue and offered a Gurudwara nearby to perform the Namaaz, according to a report by Times of India. 

“We are deeply touched. This act by the gurdwara committee displays the true spirit of brotherhood. They saw to it that we were given proper space and time for the namaaz. We are extremely happy. This is something to be emulated by everyone,” said Mohammad Aslam, a vegetable vendor in Joshimath.

Sub-divisional magistrate Yogendra Singh and Police inspector Sanjay Kumar oversaw the proceedings throughout and made sure that enough space was made out for the holy prayer. The officers stayed until the last member of the Muslim community left the premises of the Gurudwara.