Hindu Muslim Unity: Muslims fund and organize Hindu festival

play re-enactment of Ravan’s battle with Ram

LUCKNOW: Many Muslims in Mumtaz Nagar village of Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district have been keeping alive the village’s decades-old custom of organizing all arrangements for holding Ramlia, a play based on the Hindu epic the Ramayana.

“We take pride in following such a tradition that exhibits communal harmony in a true sense. Every year when we organise the play, we get a unique feeling of serving the almighty. After all, our Hindu brothers are the creation of the same supreme power that has made us,” shopkeeper Naseem Khan said.”Besides entertainment and enjoying other religious aspects, we derive a great satisfaction by organising Ramlila that, in a way, instills a sense of brotherhood among members of the two communities,” he added. Muslims organise the play under the banner of Ramlila Ramayana Samiti (RRS), a committee that was constituted by Muslims of Mumtaz Nagar village around 47 years ago for the promotion of communal harmony.
“Though the protagonists of Ramlila are Hindus, a few Muslim villagers also play small roles that also foster bonding between the two communities,” said RSS’ President Majid Ali.

Read more at: Communal Harmony
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