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Post by Guest Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:55 pm

MALEGAON: It is a proud symbol of harmony in Malegaon. Devi Mata Mandir and the century-old Motipura Masjid, which stand next to each other, bring Hindus and Muslims in Bajrang Wadi together for Eid and Diwali.

The reverence shown to each other's faith is complete. Care is taken to ensure timings of bhajans and evening prayers in the temple do not clash with namaaz. At the time of azaan, temple officials shutdown their speakers and refrain from playing cymbals and drums.

Even in these communally-charged times, Bajrang Wadi appears far removed from the turbulence in the powerloom town. A constant stream of devotees continues to make its way to the temple everyday for evening rituals, often passing in front of the mosque. On the other side, the crowd gathers five times of the day to offer namaaz.

"It is a sort of an unwritten and unspoken understanding between both communities. We have ourselves framed the code of conduct and each one takes adequate care not to breach this code.

A Ganesh pandal is erected in front of the mosque, but our Hindu brothers make sure there are no cymbals, chanting or drum-beating when we offer namaaz. There is proper understanding and it has worked well all these years," said Fazalur Rahman Almohammadi, a local journalist.
Such is the cooperation and trust between the two communities that during the reconstruction of the temple about a year ago, water used for all the work came from the masjid. Rather than order tanker water, temple authorities found it convenient as the masjid had a well inside.

Hafeez Jamal, another resident and a regular at Motipura Masjid, said despite several communal disturbances in Malegaon over the years, Hindu families in the predominantly Muslim Bajrang Wadi continue to feel secure.

"There has been no trouble so far and God willing the same situation will prevail no matter whatever happens elsewhere."

Although the temple and mosque have been provided security cover, policemen on duty vouch for credentials of people living here. "There is no trouble, but I think it is safe to have us posted," says an official.

Almohammadi said there was an attempt some years ago to create tension when a Ganpati procession threw gulal on mosque doors. "We washed it away without making too much fuss These things have to be ignored in the larger interest," he said.


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Post by Guest Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:01 pm

PUNE: In Pune's Ghorpadi Gaon, the windows of the Ahle-Sunnat Jamaat Masjid opens into the yard of the Kashi Vishweshwar Mandir, a wall separates them only somewhat. This unique congregation is 18-years-old.

The Masjid has been here for 200 years.

In 1992, the year that saw massive communal riots following the demolition of Babri Masjid, Hindus and the Muslims came together to build the Temple whose foundation had been laid adjacent to the Mosque.

"We started the Temple work when the country was fighting over Mandir-Masjid. Many Muslims worked for the construction. We even used the water from the Masjid," said Alfred Anthony, President, Kashi Vishweshwar Mandir Trust.

When it's time for azaan, the arati stops, and vice-versa.

Eid, Diwali, Shiv Ratri and Moharram are common celebrations.

"Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna. Hindi hai hum, watan hai Hindustan hamara," sang Nasir Khan, Maulana, Ahle-Sunnat Jamaat Masjid.

The area derives its calm from this religious harmony and peace prevails even in times of communal disquiet.

"It's a perfect example of national integration," said Devidas Patil, Inspector, Ghorpadi Police Station.

The broad message of the court verdict on Ayodhya is: On God, there should be no dispute. And if a Temple and a Masjid can co-exist peacefully in Pune, then why not in other parts of the country?


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