In Jammu, communal harmony at display during Ramadan

Despite incidents of religious “intolerance” in other states, members of majority and minority communities have set an example of communal harmony here.
In Jammu, communal harmony at display during Ramadan
File Photo

Despite incidents of religious "intolerance" in other states, members of majority and minority communities have set an example of communal harmony here.  

Members of Hindu community wakeup in the middle of night during holy month of Ramadan to serve Sehri meal for Muslims living in a relief camp at Nowshera- Rajouri, so that they can observe fast.

Harbans Lal Sharma, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nowshera, who hails from Sunderbani area of Rajouri district along with his camp team of 10 people including two Muslims wake up around 2 am and spend a hour knocking doors of Muslims residing in the relief camp.

Administration has set up five relief camps where 3361 people including 1050 children of 839 families of border villagers presently taking shelter at Nowshera due to uninterrupted shelling along Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

As an administrator, Sharma supposed to look after the needs of all 839 families, but from last one month, along with other routine works, he take special care of 50 Muslims living in relief camp setup at Boys Higher Secondary Nowshera, where around 1000 people including 50 Muslims take shelter.

Not only Sehri and Iftar, Sharma ensured availability of adequate water and power supply, particularly in evening and nights during prayers time. This man also arranged transport for people, who wished to visit nearby Masjid for Taravi prayers.

"Working for Muslims community during Ramadan is self- satisfactory and gives me inner peace," Sharma said. 

"In the beginning, we (team of officer and local volunteers) felt the waking up daily may not possible for officials of district administration so we called up a meeting with Muslims families residing in the camp. It was decided that they self-cook their meals and we provided them cylinder, gas-stove and daily ration. However, we have decided that atleast for first two – three days we wake up early to serve them Sehri, he said.

"It was quite difficult for us to wake up in midnight but the warmth and affection we got after serving early morning Sehri and late evening Iftar to our Muslim brothers is a feeling which I cannot able to explain in words,  and this gesture motivate us to wake up every  morning during Ramadan".

On plans of Eid celebration in relief camps, he said, "Administration planned a special feast at all five relief camps".

"After Eid prayers at jamia masjid administration host special buffet for all inmates of camps, we have planned to cook special dishes and distribute fruits and sweets among the people," he said.

Similarly, as goodwill gesture, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, District Development Commissioner of Rajouri acknowledged the service of his two Hindu companions who cooked early morning Sehris and evening Iftars for him during month of Ramadan.

 "As the Holy Ramdhan ends today I thank Surinder and Pardeep who woke up every night 2.00 am to cook Sehri for me and elaborate Iftar too," the Rajouri DC wrote on micro bogging twitter.

Related Stories

No stories found.
Greater Kashmir
www.greaterkashmir.com