DAYS AFTER the administration in Gurgaon cited “objections from native residents and RWAs” and withdrew permission for Friday prayers by the Muslim neighborhood at eight of the 37 websites agreed upon earlier, a committee overseeing 5 gurdwaras on this Haryana district bordering Delhi has provided their premises for the namaz.
Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, Sherdil Singh Sidhu, president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sabzi Mandi, Gurgaon, stated: “A gurdwara is the home of the Guru. Individuals from all communities are welcome to come back right here and pray. If the Muslim neighborhood is dealing with issues in praying at designated websites, they will supply prayers within the gurdwaras. The doorways of gurdwaras are open to all.”
The 5 gurdwaras in Gurgaon underneath the committee’s administration are situated in Sadar Bazar, Sector 39, Sector 46, Mannequin City and Jacobpura.
“We’re celebrating the start anniversary of our first Guru (Guru Nanak Dev) on Friday. These gurdwaras can accommodate over 2,000 folks, however we now have proposed that folks pray in small batches of 30-40 and preserve social distancing on account of Covid,” stated Sidhu, including that official permission will probably be taken if required.
Describing the supply as “gracious”, Mufti Mohammad Saleem, president of the Jamiat Ulama in Gurgaon, stated they met representatives of the gurdwaras Wednesday, and determined to supply namaz at Sector 39 and Sadar Bazar this Friday. “It is a very welcome step and can go a great distance in selling concord amongst communities,” stated Saleem.
On Tuesday, a 40-year-old shopowner in Gurgaon’s Sector 12, Akshay Yadav, had provided his vacant premises for namaz. Yadav had instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that 15 folks had provided namaz at his store final Friday.
In an announcement, Altaf Ahmad, co-founder of Gurgaon Muslim Council, stated that the neighborhood appreciated these presents. “It is a true instance of brotherhood the place folks from a number of faiths have come ahead to defeat divisive forces, who’ve been spreading hatred and communal disharmony in Gurgaon over the past two months,” he stated.
On November 2, the district administration had stated that the choice to establish or designate a spot for namaz will solely be taken after acquiring consent from native residents and guaranteeing that there isn’t a opposition within the space.
In latest months, some native residents and pro-Hindutva teams have disrupted Friday prayers in some public locations in Gurgaon.
Final Friday, a bunch affiliated with Sanyukta Hindu Sangharsh Samiti had camped at a beforehand agreed upon web site in Sector 12 A, claiming to make a volleyball court docket there. One other group had occupied a park in Sarhaul, forcing members of Muslim neighborhood to supply prayers elsewhere.
Ahmad stated the federal government ought to take cognizance and allocate land “on the earliest” for mosques to be constructed. “It’s a unhappy state of affairs when a handful of individuals don’t perceive that Muslims are compelled to supply their compulsory Juma Namaz within the open resulting from a scarcity of sufficient mosques in Gurgaon,” he stated.
Sherdil Singh Sidhu stated: “Just a few individuals are making an attempt to unfold hatred for his or her political agendas. All of the communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians — made sacrifices in the course of the freedom wrestle. There must be no objection to folks providing prayers.”
Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg couldn’t be reached for remark.