Sikhs open gurudwara for Muslims to offer Eid Namaz - Kulhar

Around 1000 Muslims gathered in a gurudwara hall to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha

That Sikhs are known for their generosity needs no mention. Time and again the community has come forward to help people in distress situations.

In yet another such instance, members from the Sikh community in Uttarakhand opened the doors of Gurudwara for Muslims to offer Eid prayers, after finding that a namaz ground was under the water following incessant rainfall.

The higher ranges of Uttarakhand are witnessing heavy rains for the past one week. Joshimath, a popular hill station in Chamoli district, was no different either.

“The incessant rains for the past couple of days had rendered offering Bakr-Eid Namaaz at the traditional Gandh Maidan and local municipal board hall difficult,” said Salim Raja from Joshimath Muslim Committee to Hindustan Times.

When some Sikhs came to know about the problem of their Muslim brothers, the Hemkund Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HGPC) soon offered them space within the gurudwara premises for Bakr-Eid namaz.

“That was the least we could do,” said Buta Singh, manager of the gurudwara committee to The Times of India.

The offer was promptly accepted and soon a short meeting took place between the senior management from gurudwara and the local Muslim committee. Yogendra Singh, the sub-district magistrate of Joshimath, also reached the venue to make arrangements and ensure that everything went off smoothly.

Around one thousand Muslims offered namaz in the retiring hall of the gurudwara and marked the festival of Eid al-Adha/Bakr-Eid. Gurudwara members also provided snacks to Muslim brethren after the namaz, reports Indian Express.

“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 namaz. We are extremely happy. This is something to be emulated by everyone,” said Mohammad Aslam, a vegetable seller in Joshimath.