Hindu temple comes up in Bihar - with Muslim help

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    Hindu temple comes up in Bihar - with Muslim help

    IANS - Feb5

    In a shining example of communal harmony in India, Muslims have helped build a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Durga in Bihar's Gaya district, not just by making donations but also by supervising its construction.

    "Muslims have not only donated money for temple construction, they have been involved in it like us," Suresh Prasad told IANS about the shrine at Loco Colony near the railway station in Gaya town, about 100 km from here.

    The temple was opened for prayers and worship last week.

    Said Ashok Kumar, another resident: "There was active help from Muslims, all of whom are railway employees. This temple is a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity as both joined hands to construct it."

    One of those involved was Tauhid Alam. "We have been living here for years and taking care of each other. It is a gesture for communal harmony," he said.

    He said the foundation of the temple was laid in 2010 and after that Muslims and Hindus of the locality worked together to construct it.

    "We joined Hindus to collect donation for temple construction and also supervise construction work," said Mohammad Rafiq, another Muslim resident.

    Muslims personally donated and collected funds worth nearly Rs.5 lakh, locals said.

    Mohammad Sahab said dozens of Muslims donated money and others helped by doing other works for the construction.

    Muslims make up around 16 percent of the 105 million population of Bihar. In Gaya town, there are over a dozen Muslim localities.

    Gaya is considered a communally-sensitive town and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been winning the assembly seat for over two decades -- thanks to communal polarisation of votes ahead of the polls.

    But Lalji Prassad, a social activist in Gaya, said this move of the Muslims in the construction of the shrine would send a strong message of harmony and peace.

    "It is a positive development. People active in public life should propagate how Muslims helped build a temple," he said.

    Businessman Mahesh Agrawal said such cooperation should be encouraged. "If Muslims can help build a temple, Hindus should now come forward to help Muslims in their projects."

    Earlier, a Muslim had donated his land for constructing a temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva in Begusarai district. Mohammad Fakhrool Islam had given land for it in Muslim-dominated Bachwara village.

    Over three decades ago, some Hindus had donated a piece of land for the construction of a mazar in the same village.
     
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    This actually how Muslims and Hindus live commonly though people might try to pick on some people who have agendas and show it as overall reality. Indian Muslims have Indiannes and Indian values in them.

    Ah damn the politicians and other vested interests.
     
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    I will agree with you.
     
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    And people are paranoid over muslim population :facepalm:
     
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    Good show!

    Common people when not agitated by politicians seeking narrow gains, are basically all good people.
     
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    I believer everyone would appreciate articles like these, rather than articles which hurt peoples religious sentiments...
     
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    The congress is soulfully behind all the Hindu Muslim Riots which happened in INDIA. Even the PARTITION OF INDIA was done by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
     
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    I see the "brotherhood of the misunderstood" missing from this thread! :D

    Great work done! Kudos to those guys!
     
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    Good gesture fully appreciated. I hope, they follow this up in Ayodhya so that most issues will get sorted :)
     
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    Lets not stop it here. We need more and more of these projects. Hate begets hate and love begets love. Lets all become Indians first and whatever that comes after next. Jai Hind.
     
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