Muslim artisans create elaborate Durga puja tableaux for Hindu festivals
“I have inaugurated mosques and madrasas. But this is the first time I have inaugurated a Hindu temple. It’s a different feeling altogether”
Some claim that for Kali and Durga meat is mahaprasad. But are blood offerings and animal sacrifice necessary to please God?
“Just as Hindu people and their leaders participated in our Eid celebration, we are also celebrating the Hindu festival called Dashain.”
“Dadi always says that no religion talks ill of other religion. Unless we start respecting each other (Hindu and Muslims), outsiders will draw advantage. It’s high time that we get united.”
Shahid Ali, a Muslim priest, performs rituals for Durga, fasts for Navratri, and is familiar with Hindu shastras
An Indian Muslim visits Hindu holy sites in Pakistan
Zubeida Tahir had once dreamt of Durga. Many years later she and her husband organize puja and feed around 700 people.