The Bihar Post

Muslims offer cool water to Hindu devotees to beat the heat during Ramnavami


PATNA: This should be an eye-opener for all those who try to divide the society in the name of religions.

In what comes as a brilliant example of communal harmony and religious tolerance, mosques in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have decided to offer cool water to the Hindu devotees during Ramnavami, a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Hindu deity Lord Rama. The festival falls tomorrow (April 15).

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The Imams of all important mosques from the Gaya district conveyed this decision to the local police during a meeting held last evening to seek their cooperation in maintaining law and order during the Ramnavami procession which remains the main feature of this festival. The meeting was convened by Gaya’s senior superintendent of police Garima Mallik.

Authorities said during the meeting the Imams not only agreed to the administration’s request to help maintain peace but also offered service to the devotees at this fire-spitting summer which has thrown normal life out of complete gear.

“We will ensure cool drinking water facilities to the devotees to beat the sweltering heat,” they said, much to authorities’ relief. They also agreed to be present along the roads during the procession to maintain peace and harmony.

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“When Muslims prepare Ramnavami flags and incensed sticks for the festival, why should they shy away from extending cooperation to the procession,” a local media quoted Nauagarhi Khankah Imam Ahmad Sujail reportedly as having told the administration.

Similar views came from Maulana Farooque Kasmi of Munni Masjid and Sawarat Hussain of Peer Mansoor mosque, authorities informed.

The rare side of the Muslims was not on display for the first time here. During Chhath—another biggest festival of Hindus, too, they have been making earthen stoves with much care and selling them to devotees. Hindus have never questioned who are these people engaged in this business?

Muslims say they make earthen stoves with care and purity since they are to be used for worship.

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