Hindus, Muslims come together across India against a backdrop of religious intolerance

In a spate of small but heart-warming incidents across the country, Muslims and Hindus are coming together to set examples of communal harmony.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 15, 2015 2:05 pm
Dadri : Guests and villagers attend Muslim weddings in Bishada village in Dadri on Sunday . PTI Photo (PTI10_11_2015_000178A) Guests and villagers attend Muslim weddings in Bishada village in Dadri on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

There certainly is unity in diversity when it comes to India. At a time when the literary world is abuzz with authors protesting the communal killing in the country by returning their awards and honours, there are people who have taken a more harmonious stand against the same religious intolerance.

In a spate of small but heart-warming incidents across the country, Muslims and Hindus are coming together to set examples of communal harmony, extending their hands to help their friends, neighbours and even strangers from the other communities.

According to a Times of India report, two youngsters from Lucknow University are setting an example of communal harmony in the backdrop of the ongoing religious intolerance. “Sahaduddin Ahmed alias Sameer, a close relative of Pram Vir Chakra winner Abdul Hamid and his friend Abdul Kalim observed fast on the first day of Navratri. The two will also observe fast on the last day,” says the report.

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Sameer is said to have distributed fruits and ‘falahaar’ (food consumed during fast) to his Hindu friends at a university hostel on the first day of the Navratris, and recited the Durga Chalisa and performed the aarti as well.

He already has plans for Diwali, saying that he will visit people who cannot afford to light a ‘diya’ in their house. “If I make few Hindu families smile, I will feel live in peace,” he’s been quoted in the news report.

But this is not the only example of brotherhood that the Indian society has long laid claim to. In a report by Mid-day on 14 October, a 53-year-old businessman offered his shop to his Muslim brothers in Mumbai for namaaz since the local mosque was under restoration.

Kale, who runs a store called Jazz Leathers in Sion, owns a second shop right opposite the mosque in Mukund Nagar. “They came to me for help and I readily gave them my shop to use. After all, these are my people. We have all been living together in this area for over 40 years,” says Kale in the report. With the building not yet ready for use, Kale put in marble flooring in place so his neighbours could offer prayers in comfort, and even installed lights, fans and taps.

Even the controversial district of Dadri in Haryana, which has given rise to the #DadriLynching hashtag that has been trending across social media, has a lovely story to share. According to agency reports, Hindus joined their Muslim brethren in the troubled village of Bishada to prepare for two Muslim weddings.

Bishada resident Hakeem, who till a few days ago was considering shifting the wedding venue outside the village because of the beef rumours that saw a man being brutally beaten to death, was all smiles as villagers ensured security for the family celebrating the marriage on 11 October.

The most heartening thing about these three incidents is that the news came from areas that have been splashed across the media at different times for religious unrest, and the people are now showing that despite all odds, they continue to withstand and defy anti-communal pressures.

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    Pat
    Oct 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    Don't watch barkha dutt which vrun by congress n stan; don't watch this channel. Barjha misconstrues how can anyone let her be so impertinent. If srk amir salman and those who went on ranting against India's intolerance. There's no place like India a birth place of Hinduism jainism Sikhism Budhism etc. If you p through Muslim area it looks like Saudi dirty mean etc They allowed to live the way they want. That's the charm .boycott ndtv srk talks too much so does amir senselessly salman only threatens iq below average. Don't buy his stuff his hands are bloody.
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    1. M
      mumbai
      Apr 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm
      vins kaale viprit buddhi. may be you think that you are winning. it is a foolish concept to feel that hinsuism is winning when you kill some muslims. Life and death is pre planned and already scheduled. you may think hinduism is winning. matter of time. you have to give accouts for all you deeds and words.
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    2. S
      Sriya
      Jul 11, 2016 at 2:38 am
      I think the ISIS are impossible to enter if all religions brother and sisters of India stand together and in this way they are gonna kick this ISIS virus from our country
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      1. M
        mumbai
        Apr 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm
        ISIS shall be eradicated. I am with you.
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      2. K
        KB
        Oct 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm
        The Muslim Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on track Muslimizing India, he goes around blabbering in the Islamic origin language Hindi while his party has rejected the peion to promote Indian languages as official language.
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          Narendra
          Nov 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm
          In my opinion media ,especially Brkha Dutt created hype by leading questions to SRK. The media have done injustice to millions of Hindus, Sikh , Christians and other communities who are most tolerance in the society. If this is not the case India would be like middle east killing each other in the name of religion. The so called secular politicians. intellectuals and others who have lost their values and ideny who are creating problems and hurdles the changing society for their own selfish interest, dividing people. Why media did not raised big hype when Hindu girl marry to Muslim guy and have to change her religion? Why media did not make huge cry when Shiv Sena activities cooked meat in front of Jain Temple? Why thy do not interview when Muslim politicians uses abusive language against Hindus and our nation? Today majority of indian communities live peacefully supporting each others. I strongly believe that Goons and few politicians are creating hype about extreme intolerance about Islamic society..Media should work for harmony and educate people by giving good example of community harmony in India.
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            Purush
            Oct 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm
            Excellent. Where are all those seculars (sikulars) gone? Hiding away under the table? This is peaceful co-existence and comradiere. While the seculars are always trying to divide in the name of secularism. Kudos to the two men. And all those who facilitated the effort.
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              rrrr
              Oct 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm
              So it's very apparent that it's only few fringe idoits and the so called secular hypocrites along with media keep the hatred and division alive... Common people time and again have proved that they would prefer mutual respect and harmony...
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                Augustus
                Oct 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
                This is the India the world would admire in awe, a world in a country, the Republic of India
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