On Monday, however, the maidan had turned into slush. It had been raining heavily for several days and Eid, the festival day too dawned in a downpour. The Muslim community was struggling with the problem when the head of the local gurdwara sent a heart warming message to them - that the Muslims could use the main hall of the gurdwara for offering namaaz.
So, at 9:30 am, the congregation of Muslims in bright new clothes trooped down to the gurdwara and offered the ritual prayers in the big hall. After the ceremony, they embraced the Sikh community members waiting outside the hall.
Sardar Buta Singh, prabandhak of the gurdwara, said that he had extended the invitation to the Muslims to help them in their crisis.
Maulvi Asif was quoted as saying that by solving their problem, the gurdwara committee had presented an example of humanity and respect towards all religions. He said that the Muslim community was thankful to the Sikhs.
Joshimatth is located about 250 kilometers from Rishikesh on National Highway 58. It is close to and en route to an important Sikh centre, Hemkunt Sahib.
[Courtesy: Times of India. Edited for sikhchic.com]
August 23, 2012