Jagraon Tehsil of Ludhiana district in Punjab has a small village named Malla, which has a population of around 5,000 people – 90% Sikhs, 9% Hindus and a single Muslim family.
This village has set an amazing example of fraternity and communal harmony by helping in the renovation of an old mosque for the Muslim family.
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The mosque was closed in 1947 after the building collapsed. The Majlis Ahrar Islam Hind Party of Ludhiana identified the mosque and contacted the Imam of Jama Masjid, Ludhiana — Maulana Habib Ur Rehman Sani Ludhianavi – for assistance. The Imam told The Indian Express that they approached the villagers about six months ago asking for help in renovating the mosque. And the villagers responded in an overwhelming manner with Sikhs and Hindus coming together — not only to help financially but also by helping in the construction work. The mosque was inaugurated on Monday. The Sikh villagers also organised a langar (community kitchen) on the day of inauguration like they did on the day when construction started.
“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, a member of the lone Muslim family.
The mosque will help this family and others in the neighbouring areas because they had to travel to Jagraon or Raikot to offer namaz earlier.