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India: Hindus recite Islamic prayer (Azaan) in Maadhi village; a paradigm of Pluralism and Interfaith coexistence

"We (Hindus) don't know the 'Azaan', but a pen drive (with a recording of the Azaan) is played every day to perform the ritual," said Hans Kumar, a village resident.

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aadhi, a village in Bihar’s Nalanda district is a rare and textbook case of pluralism and communal harmony. The Hindu residents of Maadhi village recite the Islamic prayer call, Azaan, with the help of pendrive at the Mosque everyday to perform the ritual and offer prayers. Since there was no one to take care of the mosque, the Hindus had to come forward to take care of the mosque.

India: Hindus recite Islamic prayer (Azaan) in Maadhi village; a paradigm of Pluralism and Interfaith coexistence

According to the Hindu priest of the village, people visit the Mosque before anything auspicious and pray here whenever they have a problem. After a wedding, newly-weds visit the Mosque first to take blessings. Maadhi village has no Muslims, but namaz at its over the 200-year-old mosque is offered five times a day by the Hindus. The Hindus also take care of the maintenance of the mosque. “We (Hindus) don’t know the ‘Azaan’, but a pen drive (with a recording of the Azaan) is played every day to perform the ritual,” said Hans Kumar, a village resident.

According to the villagers, Maadhi had a sizeable Muslim population, but people gradually migrated. “There was no one to take care of the mosque, so the Hindus had to come forward,” said Gautam, who takes care of the mosque. Gautam said no one knows when the mosque was constructed and by whom, but the Hindus offer visit it before anything auspicious. “The mosque is cleaned and prayers are offered every morning and evening. People also pray here whenever they have a problem,” said Janki Pandit, the village priest.

By Owaiz Aslam Interfaith Activist

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