Dead bodies of two patients belonging to two different communities were swapped at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on July 06. Daughter of the deceased said, "We received a call from AIIMS, and the staff member told us that by mistake they have given someone else's body to us. My mother's body was still in the hospital. The body which we received belonged to a Muslim family." The body of the Muslim woman was cremated following Hindu customs.
Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was working overnight to provide sehri and Iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra. Sehri is a small meal taken before the sunrise while iftari is taken after the fast ends at the sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The shrine even did special arrangements for the Muslims on the occasion of Eid that celebrates the end of holy month of fasting with large meals and other festivities. The migrant labourers have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town which is about 40 kms from Katra, where they are staying. The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra. It has also spent around Rs 1.5 crore in aiding the Covid-19 response. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and is also the second richest after Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India. All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff.
In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. One among them is Aligarh based Manav Upkaar kitchen who has eliminated all social and cultural woes and proved that humanity is above all castes and religions. The kitchen is distributing food to people regardless of their caste, community, religion or social background. Started in the year 2000, the organisation was founded the people from all religious backgrounds with a motive to feed the hungry and serve the cause. The term Manav Upkaar translates to "benefit of the humankind" and therefore this organisation tries to help as many citizens as possible regardless of their socio-cultural backgrounds in various ways. They even perform the last rites of unclaimed bodies as the religion of the deceased to pass on the message that 'Service to Humanity is Service to God'. Currently, the organisation has 900 members who are working day and night to help the needy amid the nationwide lockdown and provide them with two square meals. They even distribute Sevai during Eid and Halwa during Hanuman Jayanti in order to honour the beliefs of every religious community.Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country.
Nakhoda Masjid will reopen in Kolkata on June 8 for devotees. Gathering was not witnessed even during Eid in the mosque due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Nakhoda Masjid will reopen according to MHA's guidelines.
The streets of Vattayal locality in Kerala's Alappuzha district were lying almost barren this Eid-ul-Fitr due to coronavirus lockdown. As Muslims in the area didn't go for any grand celebrations this year adhering to lockdown norms, they chose to pass on the hat for the noble cause which was also joined by their Hindu and Christian neighbours and fully supported by Valiyakulam Juma Masjid. These people, belonging to different faiths got united to collect money for the surgery of a 36-year-old man, Mohammed Rafi, whose both kidneys have failed, thereby spreading a message of communal harmony along with generosity on Eid. On the festive day, this group of samaritans visited every household in order to seek donation for Rafi for whose surgery around 25 lakhs are required.Rising above religious lines, the locals too gave them a warm welcome and donated whole heartedly. There were many who even cancelled their plans to buy costly dresses and have lavish meals on Eid to contribute for this noble cause. Eid that has always been a grand affair for the Muslims, was observed in a very sombre way this year, amid Coronavirus outbreak. But the way few people turned it into a noble affair like those in Alappuzha, made it even more meaningful.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is preparing sehri and iftari for about 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan amid Ramzan. The shrine had converted its Aashirwad Bhawan into a quarantine facility..
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