Peshawar: Ramzan is the holy month for the Muslims around the world and ‘iftari’ is a valuable part of sunset meal to break the dawn-to-dusk fast which promotes religious harmony and tolerance. Sikh community in Pakistan has shared the best example of Unity in Diversity.
In the above photo, Sikh businessperson Sahib Singh has set up a stall outside his medicine store to share sweet-drinks, ‘lassi’ and food to the fasting Muslims.
“The objective behind distributing iftari items is to promote the concept of inter-faith harmony in our country,” said Sahib Singh.
He has also arranged food for the needy.
“He wanted to apprise Muslims that his community accorded full reverence to their religious rituals. This is the spirit of interfaith harmony,” he added further.
Singh believed that in Pakistan, there is religious tolerance for each and every community where people from different faiths and beliefs respect each other and accord reverence to religious festivals.
“The Hindu community has also decided to start the practice of bringing people of different faiths nearer to each other,” Founding Member Council of Pakistan World of Religion, Haroon Sarbdial, said.
“We are planning to hold iftari at different places in Peshawar and waiting for Maulana Qureshi, the Imam of the Masjid Mohabat Khan, who is in Saudi Arabia for the performance of Umra, to arrive,” he added further.
He said because of this spirit, people in this region reside together in harmony.
The Hindu community has made iftari arrangements, like in Peshawar, for Muslims in Sindh province, Sarbdial said.
“This is the real face of Pakistan and its people who have great regard and reverence for each other, regardless of difference of faith and believes,” he said.