Sikh temple in India opens its doors to Muslims as rain disrupts Eid prayer plans | SV

DUBAI: A Sikh temple in India on Saturday opened its doors to Muslim worshippers who could not perform their usual outdoor Eid prayers due to incessant rain and heavy flooding.

Gurudwara Singh Sabha in the town of Joshimath in the state of Uttarakhand opened its doors to Muslims who were celebrating the first day of Eid Al-Adha, which was marked on Saturday in India.

“Be it Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims we have a strong bonding in Joshimath. The senior management from the Gurudwara sahib and the Muslim community held a short meeting on Saturday morning and made quick arrangements for the prayers,” Buta Singh, the manager of the Shri Hemkund Sahib gurudwara, told the Hindustan Times.
According to the newspaper, more than 500 Muslims offered prayers in the gurdwara, as Sikh temples are known.
“The incessant rains for the past couple of days had rendered offering (Eid Al-Adha prayers) at the traditional Gandh Maidan and local municipal board hall difficult. This led us to approach Govindghat-based gurdwara management committee senior manager Seva Singh for permission to offer namaz (prayers) there. The gurdwara has ample space to accommodate sizable devout,” Salim Raja, an office bearer of the Joshimath Muslim Committee, told the Hindustan Times.
“Though we keep hearing stories about growing hatred in the society, by Allah’s grace we never witnessed such negative things here,” Muslim worshipper Rais Ahmad told the newspaper.

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