The Sikh people gathered together and ready to sanitize Delhi’s Jama Masjid for the Eid al-Fitr. This touching gesture proves that raising the bar of brotherhood can help us restore peace and harmony between communities. People are applauding and encouraging this act on social media.
Since centuries, India has shown many examples of secular existence devoid of its underlined religious tension. Hopefully, there are people who believe that religion is about love. Though we don’t get to hear of such instances every day, here is one that gives a glimmer of hope to us amid lockdown.
Sikhs sanitise Jama Masjid in time for the festival.
EID MUBARAK ! pic.twitter.com/yopjR1GeDL
— Ashok Singh Garcha (@AshokSGarcha) May 23, 2020
We dont need to remind ourselves of humanity which is India's hallmark and reason for our secular existence since centuries. Eid Mubarak to every one from all of us
Pic 1- Sikhs sanitize Jama Masjid
Pic 2- Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board provide Sehri and Iftari to Muslims pic.twitter.com/kGYMXAN2q8
— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) May 24, 2020
Sikh community today sanitized Jama Masjid, Delhi. These kind of gestures are seen these days, humanity above all.❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/YhdQQ9CnHe
— परवेज़ M (@VazeIndian) May 23, 2020
Sikh community Sanitised Jama Masjid during Ramzan.
Peace and Harmony can only bridges the gap between communities.
Picture- Purani Dilli Walo ki Baatein pic.twitter.com/t6XMnOtfKz
— Farhat Salim (@farhat242) May 23, 2020
Sikh Brothers Doing Sanitized Old Delhi Jama Masjid Today..
Thank You For Your Efforts Brothers. pic.twitter.com/6mytAqMlkE
— Md Haris (محمد حارس) (@MdHaris01) May 23, 2020
Discrimination on religious grounds has become one of the major issues in India whereas this gesture makes us believe in the strength of our fellow countrymen all over again. ‘United Sikhs’ ia the name of this Sikh Organization. It is a civil rights and humanitarian non-profit organization by the Sikh people for all.
Parminder Singh, one of the members of the Sikh community, who took part in this initiative, shares his view on religion with a popular news channel. As he opines, “When we walk with our holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, all the religions and their followers are the same for us. We do not discriminate on religious grounds. It is written in our holy book that we are all God’s creation. We are also sanitising the temples and churches. We have been working for the past 50-60 days.”
For those who have been excited about Jama Masjid Eid, it was sanitize like every year and yet thought this year will be miserable due to lockdown, this initiative brings nothing but immense joy and hope. If we cannot put a smile on our fellow countrymen by spreading little gestures of love, what is the purpose of religion anyway? It is the core value of India marked in our constitution as well
People were found in many locations in India were helping each other amid lockdown devoid of their religious inclination. In Kashmir,500 people took shelter at Aashirwad Bhawan. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu served sehri and iftari to these people during the holy month of Ramadan. Even the day after super cyclone ‘Amphan’ hit West Bengal, the local residents in Howrah district didn’t close their community kitchen at the Priyonath Manna Bustee, which they have been organizing since lockdown.
We know this lockdown Eid wasn’t as exciting as every year. Atleast, Jama Masjid was being sanitize to make it a bit better. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery of our mother earth so that the next year, we all celebrate together!
Edited by Abisha Jasmine