When floods hit Dehradun, the only ground that Muslims in the area used to offer their daily prayers was waterlogged.
One can imagine how saddening the sight was when a number of Muslims gathered at the open ground in Joshimath, Chamoli, to offer namaz on Bakra-Eid, and saw it flooded on Saturday.
When they had all but given up any hope of offering their prayers, a few Sikh men came to their rescue. Understanding their predicament, they offered the Muslims their gurdwara, which was nearby, to pray.
“There is no mosque in the area, and the Eid namaaz is offered in an open ground at Gandhi Maidan, which is less than a kilometre from our Gurdwara. On getting to know that the field was flooded and a huge gathering would not be able to pray at the spot, the gurdwara management quickly came forward to offer assistance. That was the least we could do,” Joshimath Gurdwara Committee manager, Buta Singh, told the Times of India.
Their humble gesture touched their hearts of over a thousand Muslims. “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 namaaz. We are extremely happy. This is something to be emulated by everyone,” a vegetable seller Mohammad Aslam, told TOI.
Guru Nanak Dev once said, “Before becoming a Sikh, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian, let’s become a Human first.”
And these Sikh men prove humanity transcending religion is alive and well in India after all.