“Communalism is a bane, We are all one. One and the same”
In a heartwarming gesture of communal harmony, a mosque located in Meerut permitted the use of its premises for the preparation of Shiv Bhandara on the behalf of a local Temple.
The Muslim residents of the locality also lent a helping hand in the preparation and distribution of the food, which has made people across nation pour their hearts out, as they are in all praise for the beautiful display of communal unity.
The mosque named Jama Masjid is located in the Mohalla Chahshor region of Meerut district.
The Occasion and the Temple
The Bhandara was being prepared for the celebration of the foundation day of the 150 years old Somnath Shiv Mandir.
Local residents told that the temple was renovated about a decade back and idols of Hindu deities like Ganesha, Shiv Durga, Hanuman, Annapurna were placed in the temple.
Masjid administration’s support
According to a report in Hindustan, Zain-Us-Sajideen, the chief city cleric (Sheher Kazi) of the Masjid had ensured all the help from his side to assist local Hindu community in providing sufficient space for the event.
Jama Masjid was opened early in the morning, the Masjid administration helped in arrangement of big stoves, vegetables and raw food materials, in the premises to cook the Bhandara.
Also, the water that is used for ablution by Muslim prayers was utilised for washing vegetables.
Twitteratis are in all praise for the harmonious gesture
One of the best recent news out of #India. Sign of revival and strengthening of the traditional #Muslim–#Hindu brotherhood. My sincere pranam and salam to the kazi and the pandit. Keep up the good work. https://t.co/WGBOf91Fuz
— Sourav Bhunia (@SouravKBhunia) May 24, 2019
Meerut Jama Masjid Hosted A Shiv Bhandara For Its Hindu Brethren In A Display Of Communal Harmony
now, the Jama Masjid, in Meerut,allowed the use of its premises for making food for Shiv bhandara,https://t.co/YKbomZEGKd
— Manjoor Ahmed (@ManjoorPoet) May 25, 2019
Jama Masjid In UP Opens Its Gates For Shiv Bhandara That’s The Real Proof Of India’s Unity https://t.co/Pq0QZ7SPXP
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) May 24, 2019
The Logical Indian’s Take
This noble gesture for sure has made us believe that love and harmony among culturally diverging communities is still not a thing of past, it is pretty much existing, and it probably is the reason why the world appreciates India as the largest secular country.
A gesture like these have always helped us, the Indians to strengthen our proud claim of being the residents of World’s largest democracy. Amongst all the political and communal tussle, all the hatred that the quest to power induces among communities seems to be overshadowed by such gracious actions.
A few days ago, Shri Sita Ram Temple in Ayodhya hosted an Iftar Party in its premises, wherein people from different communities sat together in the temple, to relish the sacred Iftar meal.
This and other similar gestures shall always help us in strengthening our belief in the fact that India is a country where unity lies in diversity.