A mosque built by Hindus and Sikhs for the Muslims of their village in the village Khanan Khurd village of Muktsar district of Punjab has become yet another symbol of the unity of Indians.
Hindus and Sikhs of the village raised funds for the construction of the mosque. They donated money and also construction materials to build a place for prayer for five Muslim families living in the village
All villagers joined the inauguration ceremony of the mosque earlier this week.
Muslim families offered their first prayers at the newly constructed mosque on Tuesday as others watched them.
The Waqf Board had given a small piece of land for the construction of the mosque in the village but it was not feasible for the five families to raise the resources for it.
Punjab’s Shahi Imam Mohammad Usman Rahmani, who visited the village appreciated the gesture of the non-Muslims of the village towards their Muslim brethren.
Mahendra Singh, a resident of Khanan Khurd, said that Muslims were not in a position to build a mosque on their own. He said when the Muslims offered their first namaz in the mosque, all of them were very happy
It may be recalled that in December, a Sikh family from Bakhtgarh village in Barnala district donated a piece of land for the construction of a mosque for 15 Muslim families in the village.
Another such incident was reported from the Machike village in the Moga district where an old mosque was demolished to pave way for a highway and it was rebuilt with donations from Hindus and Sikhs.