This year we have witnessed the happy sights of individuals from diverse communities coming together to celebrate each other’s’ festivals
Where as the ‘Simmba’ star Sara Ali Khan has been trolled on religious ground after she shared a photo celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi and confronted criticism on social media for posting the photo with the Hindu God, in an illustration of communal harmony, a 47-year-old Muslim butcher and his family at Dockyard Road have been celebrating Ganesh celebration at their domestic which they say has brought them “bliss and success”.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a prevalent Hindu celebration which marks the event of Lord Ganesha’s birth and the celebrations, this year we have witnessed the upbeat sights of individuals from diverse communities coming together to celebrate each other’s’ festivals – be it Muslims performing aarti on Ganesh Chaturthi.
India is a diverse country in terms of religion but that doesn’t discourage us from being a part of the celebrations of different beliefs. That’s why there are numerous commoners, as well as, Muslim communities who are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with lot of energy and zeal which portrays that human connections rise above religions and other boundaries of the society.
The Seva Sangh Ganeshotsav Mandal in Colaba set a novel case where Muslim communities are celebrating the Ganpati festival. The Mandal claims that there are more than 1000 Muslims offered prayers inside the Ganpati pandal. Mehfooz Khan, 25, is the treasurer of the committee being a part of Ganesh celebration said, “It may be that a few individuals discover this astounding, but it is normal for us. Hindus and Muslims have continuously lived in unity here. There’s no segregation. Hindus as well take part in Muslim festivities.” Ilyas Khan, a committee member of the Seva Sangh also offered prayers within the Ganpati mandal.
At Ganesh Murti Nagar, Cuffe Parade we have experienced another inspiring picture of Hindu-Muslim communities celebrating two celebrations – Bakhrid and Ganesh Chaturthi together. Whereas Muslim lovers are offering namaz they are also visiting the Ganpati mandal, highlighting “the essence & spirit of Mumbai”. The committee comprises of 103 individuals, 60 of whom are Muslims.
Even on the sacred event of Bakrid, some Muslim ladies from Sion Koliwada offered prayers at a Ganpati mandal in Mumbai.One of them expressed, “Most people here are exceptionally agreeable, only afew are in the effort of spreading scorn.”
Akarora, a secularist has attacked Political pioneers, commented, “All Muslim learn from Salman Khan who is truly a secularist man celebrating Ganpati festival with excitement. This can be an illustration for all hardcore Muslim tukde gang and anti-national appeasement people specially Mamta, Akhilesh Mayawati etc.”
Abdul Rehman Qureshi, Creative and Marketing Head, Kotak-Mahindra Group Of Companies said, “In Mumbai & Maharashtra the Ganpati festival and Mohharrum are going on. Both Maharashtrian & Muslim Maharashtrians are celebrating peacefully.”
Asked a passerby Mastaan Sarkar on road about Integration of religion, he expressed, “Felt proud and happy as I saw people on the streets celebrating Ganpati, inspite of being a Muslim, I respect and support other religion’s faith & beliefs.”
Manoj Ahmed from Muslim Jamatkhana, Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim, Andheri West said, “Ganpati is enthroned all around, wherever you see an echo of Ganapati Bappa Morya is being heard. In Ward Nos. 3 and 4 along with Hindus join the morning and evening Aarti”
However, when it comes to celebrations, no one wants any political party or religion to infer implications from these occasions and utilize the picture for making contention. Instead, all of us wish to spread a robust message of Hindu-Muslim harmony.