Gaya Mosques Provide Water to Ramnavami Devotees

Faith no Bar, Help just a Call Away
Align With The Hukum To Attain Inner Peace
Bangalore’s Inter-Religious Harmony Movement

By Anil Kumar Ojha

Gaya: Setting yet another example of communal harmony, mosques in Gaya offered water to devotees taking part in Ramnavami processions and helped them beat the heat. Time
and again, people in the heritage city of Gaya have proved their credentials in spreading communal harmony. The imams of all important mosques conveyed this decision to Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Garima Mallik, during a meeting here. It is not for the first time that such a goodwill gesture would be seen here. About two years ago, Jagadguru Swami Raghvacharya, then Mahanth of Vaishnavite Ramanujacharya Math, had offered accommodation and food to Haj pilgrims arriving at Gaya to board Jeddah-bound flights. Reciprocating the gesture, imams had offered similar facilities to Hindu pilgrims coming here during the Pitrapaksh Mela. During the meeting with the SSP, the imams not only agreed to the proposal of the police to maintain the social fabric of Gaya, but also offered ‘khidmat’ (service) to devotees. “We will ensure drinking water facilities to devotees,” they said. “When Muslims prepare Ramnavami flags and incense sticks for the festival, why should they shy away from extending cooperation to the procession,” said Nauagarhi Khankah imam Ahmad Sujail. Almost similar views were expressed by maulana Farooque Qasmi of Munni Masjid and Sawarat Hussain of Peer Mansoor mosque. The imams also agreed to remain on roads during the procession to maintain peace and harmony. n