True character of a Muslim couple

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  1. qsaark

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    Muslim couple, a Hindu daughter and a wedding

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    It's a Hindu-Muslim story with perhaps few parallels. On Friday, a Muslim couple solemnised the marriage of their daughter Babita, born to Hindu parents, as per Hindu rituals in the Naini area here.

    A purohit solemnised the marriage, the couple made seven rounds of the holy fire to solemnise their union, and to uphold the sanctity of the marriage, Ghulam Mohammad and Rashida Begum requested Dhyanchandra Kuswaha and his wife to perform the Kanya Daan. Being Muslims, they could not do it themselves.

    It was another turn in a story that began 14 years ago, when Ghulam Mohammad and Rashida Begum adopted Babita. They had only two sons and desire for a daughter prompted them to adopt her. Her father Chander Yadav had died in 1994, and soon after, her mother Drupathi Devi also fell ill. Before Drupathi died, Ghulam and his wife adopted Babita and assured her of treating her as their own child.

    By all accounts, they kept their promise and Babita was as pampered by them as their sons.

    A few months ago, Rashida asked her husband to search for a suitable groom for Babita. However, they were in a dilemma — should Babita be married to a Muslim, or a Hindu? Finally, they decided that they would respect Babita’s faith and look for a Hindu boy for her.

    The search for a groom wasn’t easy though. Wherever Ghulam, a contractor by profession, went, he had to face uneasy questions. Few Hindus appreciated the idea of associating their family with a girl was brought up in a Muslim family. Finally, Ganga Prasad Yadav, a resident of Barauli village, agreed to marry his son Babloo Yadav with Babita.

    Ghulam’s family then carefully ensured that all proper Hindu rituals were observed at the wedding. There was an engagement, and marriage cards were distributed carrying a picture of Lord Ganesha. Ghulam was mentioned as Babita’s father in the card.

    Over 2,000 people were invited to the wedding, which was solemnised in Ghulam’s own house, not a rented hall or a hotel. Everyone in his family participated enthusiastically.

    When Ghulam and his wife performed the vidai, even his neighbours turned couldn’t stop their tears. Ghulam saw Babita off with all the necessary household items, like any Hindu father does for his daughter.

    However, Ghulam doesn’t think that what he and his wife did was anything extraordinary. “It was the marriage of my daughter,” he said, “and I did what every father has been doing since ages.”

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    sky Regular Member

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    Its a great story not just because of the muslim parents and hindu daughter,but because of the human spirit to do the right thing.
     
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    qsaark
    india has rich tradition of hindu muslim bond. there was this great philosopher called 'shishunal sharif' who was also a great poet from karnataka(a southern state) whose guru was a brahmin. sant shishunal sharif as he is lovingly called is a household name in the state. you would be glad to know about him.

    Shishunala Sharif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    wiki does not have full info. will get you more as i find it.

    you may not understand the language but if you still like to get a feel of his songs, then here is the link- KannadaAudio.com ::: Santa Shishunala Sharifa

    they are very simple and very thought provoking and deep in meaning.
     
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    another instance of hindu- muslim unity.

    http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/a_temple_where_hindus_welcome_muslims_for_prayers.php

    A temple where Hindus welcome Muslims for prayers
    Indo-Asian News Service, Thursday September 17, 2009, Naubatpur (Uttar Pradesh)
    This story stands out as an exemplar of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in communally trying times.

    Every year during Ramzan, a temple in this village becomes the hub of activity. Muslims assemble in its premises, offer namaz and then break their fast with a feast prepared by their Hindu friends.

    The Sankatmochan Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman in a village in Chandauli district, about 300 km from capital Lucknow, is believed to be over 150 years old and has been witnessing this secular tradition since time immemorial, say locals.

    Naubatpur has a population of nearly 3,000 people, of which about 800 are Muslims.

    "Serving Muslims during the holy month gives us a unique sense of satisfaction and, in a way, we also get associated with Ramzan that teaches spirituality, honesty, modesty, non-violence, patience and self-reformation," said Indrajeet Pandey, a 48-year-old resident of Naubatpur.

    "We really take pride to have such a temple in our village that displays the perfect blend of secular values," added a proud Alakh Narayan Singh, a social worker in the village.

    Muslims come to offer the evening namaz at the temple gallery, which is outside the sanctum sanctorum but within the premises.

    The villagers - Muslim and Hindu - raise funds and contribute in their own little way to the Iftar gatherings held in the temple.

    "Most of the villagers voluntarily make contributions for arranging Iftar parties. While some villagers give cash for arranging the meals, others contribute by cooking delicacies like sewai, kheer and kachauri," said D K Singh, a teacher in Naubatpur.

    The residents hope their inter-religious bond and social harmony inspires people outside their village too.

    "We want the message of this unique Hindu-Muslim friendship to be loud and clear...It should convey to society that when people are fighting in the name of religion, our village has a special Hindu-Muslim bond," said Assad Akhtar, who owns a tailoring shop.

    Added Shabi Haider, another villager: "We feel proud and privileged that our village is keeping the secular character of our country alive."
     

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