Muslims help in construction of Hindu temple in Bihar

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  1. Yusuf

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    SITAMARHI, BIHAR: While violence over the expansion of a Hindu temple near Charminar in Muslim-dominated Hyderabad's Old City is hogging media attention, in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, Muslims have been quietly helping Hindus construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, ahead of the Chhath festival.
    "Muslims are not only donating money for temple construction, they are also actively involved in ensuring that it should come up soon," Rajkishore Raut, president of the Shiva Temple Construction Committee, told IANS.

    Raut, a school teacher, said the construction of the temple was a fine example of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood.

    Mohammad Sadre Alam Khan, a villager, said that dozens of Muslims, including village head Akbari Khatoon, have contributed in one way or another for the construction of the temple.

    "This is a positive development for the village as a whole," Khan said.

    Another villager, Lalbabu Sah, said that villagers of both the communities were working jointly for the construction of the temple.

    "The construction of the temple will strengthen harmony between the two communities and pave the way for greater cooperation in future," Sah told IANS.

    Sitamarhi town, which had a history of communal conflict, witnessed rioting in the mid-1990s. Muslims comprise around 16 percent of the 105 million people of Bihar.

    Just months ago, Muslims observing Ramadan helped in the construction of a Jain temple in Bhagalpur town in the state.

    Mohammad Janeshar Akhtar even demolished a portion of his house in Bhagalpur to enable the movement of a 70-foot truck laden with a granite stone block meant for an idol in the temple.

    Other Muslims had helped widen the street so that the vehicle could reach the temple without difficulty.

    Earlier this year, some Muslims had helped in building a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Durga in Bihar's Gaya district.

    Muslims there not only donated money but engaged in the actual construction of the temple.

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

    As Charminar and the Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting the 400-year-old monument get so much attention, these instances of collaboration between the two communities in temple construction cannot be ignored.

    Muslims help in construction of Hindu temple in Bihar - The Times of India on Mobile
     
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    Bihar: Muslims join hands with Hindus to construct temple

    Bihar: Muslims join hands with Hindus to construct temple- Bihar- IBNLive
    this news is for all those people who try to spread communal violence and hatred all their lives:thumb:
     
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    I wonder why this thread has only one reply ?

    :hmm:
     
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    Because the Muslim bashers don't have time left to appreciate the good side of Muslims, because they are too busy highlighting the bad side.
     
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    Usually such people ask where are the moderates and what are they doing. When something like this happens, everyone looks the other way, calls it an aberration, does not give it importance. That idiot Bukhari passes a statement, the thread gets into pages.

    Like I say, extremism sells. No wonder news media gives extremist incidence more coverage. Moderates are boring and not given any support and coverage.

    Actually there seems to be a while lot of people waiting for the next tragedy to happen so that a new round of bashing can begin.
     
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    India truly is a land of great diversity. There are lessons to be taken from this if we are willing.

    Perhaps more coverage of Begusarai and lesser of Hyderabad is the way to go in countering bitterness.
     
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    And what happens when no tragedy happens? Well, they engineer one. Recall that Pakistani flag hoisting case in Karnataka.
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    this is worthy of national attention - we should build on this strength
     
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    Hope their Hyderabad cousins would learn something from them and not throw hissy fits for a small temple that is not harming them.
     
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