The Sikh community has once again shown their spirit of giving and maintaining religious harmony by organising Iftar for people of different religions. Putting on display their nature of giving, the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara in Dubai hosted about 120 residents from 30 nationalities during the Muslim’s holy month of Ramzan. The 120 people included Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians belonging to different nationalities, including representatives of seven diplomatic missions. People present at the ceremony broke their fast over water, dates and Indian dishes. Muslims later offered their prayers inside the gurdwara premises in Jebel Ali.
Gulf News quoted Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman of the gurudwara as saying, “This is the fifth time that the Sikh temple in Jebel Ali is organising an interfaith iftar. The UAE is the only country where one can see such perfect coexistence of all nationalities and religions… We are very proud to share with our Muslim brothers a great sense and feeling of equality and mutual respect.” This Sikh community of Lucknow hosting iftar party in Gurudwara shows how communal harmony is done right
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Islamic scholars Abdul Hadi and Ahmad Hamid of Al Manar Islamic Centre explained to the people the meaning of Ramzan and why Muslims consider they month to be holy and fast during the period. Mirza Hussain Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance was the chief guest at the iftar. Gurunanak Darbar is the largest Gurudwara of Gulf region. It serves free meals (langar) every day to visitors and provides food packs to labour camps every weekend. (Image- Twitter)