Ludhiana, Mar 2: Setting an example of communal harmony, a Sikh dominated Malla village in Ludhiana helped to renovate decades old mosque for the lone Muslim family residing in the village. The mosque, which was closed after the portion of the religious construction collapsed, was inaugurated on Monday by the Shahi Imaam, Punjab.
“The Malla village mosque was closed in 1947 after it’s run-down building collapsed. About six months ago, we approached the villagers, seeking their help to renovate it. Even as the village has just one Muslim family, the response had been overwhelming,” said Naib Shahi Imaam, Punjab, Muhammad Usmaan Ludhianvi, who inaugurated the mosque offering namaz (Islamic prayer). (ALSO READ: Communal violence rises by 17 per cent under Narendra Modi-led government)
According to a report of a leading daily, Sikh community people collected fund for the renovation of the mosque as well as took active part in the construction work. “Such examples of communal harmony are not uncommon in Punjab,” said Naib Shahi Imaam. The Sikh villagers also organised langar (community kitchen) on the day of inaugration.
The village sarpanch, Gurmail Singh, said that Punjab had always been the epitome of communal harmony. He said humanity comes first. “Our Sikh brothers have always stood by us. And today, they helped rebuild our place of worship. We cannot thank them enough,” said Iqbal Hussain, member of the sole Muslim family residing in the village.
The renovation of the mosque by Sikh community people is a tight slap on those who divide society on religious lines for their vested political interest.