Sikandar Chandio was born in the temple he now protects. “This is our fifth generation living on the premises of the temple. I believe it is a sacred place for some people and I don’t want this building to be damaged.”
Muslim saints Bade Sarkar & Chote Sarkar from Saudi Arabia were buried in India in the 1200s. Hindu priest Rajesh Tiwari built a Nag Temple next to the mausoleums to bring devotees of both faiths together.
“Without the sincere support of Muslims, we can’t dream of celebrating the festival in such a big way as the Hindu population is very few.”
Uthaya Sankar was raised Hindu, often went to Sunday school at a Christian church and sometimes played at mosques.
Aklakh Ahmed who offers namaz five times a day decided to not only give up his land for construction of a Shiva temple but also laid the foundation stone of the mandir.
Guest writer Aamir Hussain explores Hindu pujas from a Muslim perspective
The khadims of the Dargah of Khwaja Garib Nawaz Chishti lent a helping hand to reconstruct an age-old Shiva temple
“They are tirelessly helping people from far and near…they take people in palanquins on their shoulder with great ease. Commendable indeed and a matter of great happiness” – Hindu devotee on Muslims assisting pilgrims
An ancient Hindu festival, Holi marks the triumph of good over evil. In Bangladesh, many members from the Muslim community also join their Hindu neighbors to celebrate the festival by smearing powder and spraying water colors on each other.
A woman in Gwalior has set a unique example of communal harmony by running a madrasa, an Islamic school, to educate Muslim children belonging to downtrodden or poor families. Today, this madrasa being run by Kamlesh Pathak is an edifice of communal harmony and inspires people.
Shivratri in Kashmir is celebrated by healing wounds between Hindus and Muslims, years after dealing with political violence in the region.
A temple dedicated to Katyayani Ma was destroyed in the 1990s during the height of violence in Kashmir. Two decades later Muslims and Hindus not only rebuilt the temple, they participated together in a yagna (fire ceremony) where people of all faiths were invited.