Lucknow’s Mankameshwar Temple hosts iftar for 500 Muslims, devotees offer namaz at ‘aarti sthal’

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In a heartwarming story of Hindu-Muslim unity, Lucknow’s 1000-year-old Hindu temple recently hosted an iftar for 500 Muslims from both Sunni and Shia community in the historic city. Among those who attend the iftar party on Sunday were including Imam of the Teeley Wali Masjid Maulana Fazlul Manna Rahmani, Maulana Sufiyan Nizami, spokesperson of Darul Uloom Farangi Mahali and Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah and Nawab Masood Abdullah.

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Mankameshwar Temple is situated on the banks of river Gomti in Lucknow. After the Muslim devotees broke their Ramadan fast inside the historic temple, they also offered namaaz at the ‘aarti sthal’ in the temple vicinity with  Imam of the Teeley wali Masjid leading prayers..

Mahant Devyagiri, the first woman chief priest of the temple, told News18, “All religions promote love and brotherhood. Sometimes, Muslims also host ‘Kanya Pujan’ and put up ‘Bada Mangal’ stalls here. Religious heads like priests, mahants and imams should do their job and spread brotherhood and harmony. Serving people who fast from morning to evening is the noblest job to do.

“Three of our cooks along with workers of the temple started preparations for the Iftar since morning for more than 500 people who were expected to come to this first of its kind Iftar. The gathering was historic and it was a step to reinstate the city’s harmonious traditions.”

The temple’s gesture to promote communal harmony at a time when the right-wing groups are hell-bent on destroying the peaceful fabric of India was widely appreciated. “This is a very good deed to break someone’s Roza. The way this vent has been organised is commendable. This initiative will strengthen the bond between Hindu and Muslims,” Imam Abdul Mannan was quoted by ANI.

This is the second heartwarming news on communal harmony coming from Uttar Pradesh within a week, Last week, Uttar Pradesh Police had suspended a policeman who had made fun of father of Ankit Saxena for hosting iftar for Muslims even after the latter being killed by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

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