This wonderful news comes to us from Ahmedabad, India.
There are a few people in society who use religion to sow hatred in the masses. They turn people against one another and fuel hatred towards other religions. But for everyone such person there is another person who by his deeds proves that religion is not supposed to be divisive. They show that respecting one’s religion does not mean that you have to disrespect another’s religion.
Three Muslim brothers in Ahmedabad set a strong precedent when they embraced Hindu customs for one day in order to cremate the dear Brahmin friend of their father of four decades. Brothers Naseer, Abu and Zuber Qureshi happen to be daily wage laborers who are deeply religious as well. They offer namaz five times a day and have never ever skipped a Ramzan fast.
After their uncle passed away, one who had been living with them for the last forty years, the brothers decided to cremate their Brahmin uncle in the manner he would have wished-in the Hindu manner. The brothers, to do the same put on Dhoti and Janeu (the sacred thread that the Hindus wear).
“ WhenBhanushanker Uncle was on his death bed, we procured Ganga Jal for him from a Hindu family. When he passed away, we told our neighbors that we wanted to perform his last rites in accordance with the rituals followed by Brahmin families. We were told that the janeu was a must to lift the bier. We readily agreed to it.” Zubair said.
The funeral pyre was lit by Naseer’s son Arman. “ We are also going to have Arman’s head tonsured on the 12th day as that is the custom Hindus follow.” Naseer said.
The brother’s father BhikuQureshi and Pandya their uncle happened to be friends when they first met as laborers over 40 long years ago. Pandya was inconsolable and heartbroken when Bhiku died three years ago.
Pandya was an enthusiastic participant in the Eid celebrations and since he did not have a family, Bhiku told him to move in with them, Over the time, Pandya became a member of the Qureshi family. As long as Bhanushankar was alive, the Qureshi family would prepare a proper vegetarian meal for him.
Naseer says, “Our children used to address him as Dada and our wives would touch his feet to seek his blessings. Uncle would wholeheartedly participate in Eid festivities and he never forgot to buy gifts for the kids.”
Incidents like this prove that as long as humanity is alive in the hearts of people, many a storm can be weathered.
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