Sikhs offer Muslims Gurdawara for Eid prayer

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The area of Uttarakhand, India is experiencing torrential rain for the last one week and it flooded the parts of Joshimath in Chamoli.

Muslims, who had started gathering in large numbers on Saturday for the Eidul Azha prayer were shocked to see that the open ground where they have been praying was completely under water. They soon realised that there was no way they would be able to offer Eid prayer there.

According to Times of India, standing perturbed when some Sikhs of the area came to know of the dilemma. After a few calls to each other, they knew what they had to do for their Muslim brethren. They offered their gurdwara some distance away to the Muslims.

The offer was immediately accepted and some 1,000 grateful Muslims from Joshimath, Govindghat and Pipalkoti offered their Eid prayer in the gurdwara’s premises, in peace and relative dryness.

Yogendra Singh (SDM, Joshimath), inspector Sanjay Kumar and members of the gurdwara management committee soon reached the venue and organised space for the prayers. To ensure everything went off smoothly, they remained there until the prayer was done and the last Muslim man had filed out.

Buta Singh, manager of the Joshimath Gurdwara Committee, said, “There is no mosque in the area and the Eid prayer is offered in an open ground, at Gandhi Maidan, which is less than a kilometer from our gurdwara. On getting to know that the ground was flooded and a huge gathering would not be able to pray at the spot, the gurdwara management quickly came forward to offer assistance. That was the least we could do.”

Muhammad Aslam, who sells vegetables in Joshimath, said, “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 prayer. We are extremely happy. This is something to be emulated by everyone.”

Inspector Kumar said, “While a substantial number of Muslims here keep shuttling between Bijnor, Saharanpur, Nazibabad and Moradabad, some of them are permanently based in Chamoli district. Muslims in the hill district are mostly small traders and vegetable sellers.” He pointed out that in the absence of a mosque, Muslims had nowhere to go for prayer after Gandhi Maidan was inundated. “That’s when the Sikhs came in.”

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