A newspaper clipping of the story which first appeared in a Hindi daily.
In a country often threatened by strife and conflict, the Times of India on
Wednesday reported a heart-warming story about how in a place called Joshimath
in Uttarakhand, Sikhs invited the Muslims to pray in the hall of their Gurudwara
on Eid-ul-Fitr.The story was based on reports by local vernacular media as pictured above.
Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, a
town perched above the Alakhnanda deep in the Garhwal Himalayas has a Muslim
population of some 800 people. There is no mosque or idgah in the town and the
residents usually offer prayers at the Gandhi Maidan, a public ground.
On monday, Eid-ul-Fitr, the
town was hit by torrential rain and therefore the Muslims were unable to offer
prayers at the Gandhi Maidan. The head of the local Gurudwara invited the
Muslims to offer their Eid Namaz at the Gurudwara premises. The Muslims on Eid
offered their ritual prayers at the Gurudwara hall and were greeted by the
members of the Sikh community. The Hindus of the town joined in the festivities as well.
The town reaffirmed faith in humanity by a simple gesture -- helping a brother out on a rainy day.