Jahangeer Ganaie

Muslims perform last rites of Sikh neighbour in Kulgam

Muslims perform last rites of Sikh neighbour in Kulgam
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Kulgam: Muslims on Thursday while setting yet another example of communal harmony and brotherhood performed the last rites of Sikh man in Damhal Hanjipora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Witnesses said that Muslims in Pombay village of Kulgam shouldered the body of their Sikh neighbor and performed his last rites.
They said that Muslim neighbors of Surinder Singh of Pombay who passed away after brief illness on Wednesday evening performed his last rites on Thursday.
Locals said that soon after his death, Muslims living in his neighborhood assembled and made special arrangements in performing his last rites and also arranged firewood to help his family and relatives in his cremation.
Abdul Rasheed, a local resident said that the people in the area irrespective of their religious affiliations help each other in times of need and distress.
“This is what a neighbour is supposed to be do. It was hard to see that our sikh neighbor had passed away and we immediately decided to come together and help the family in performing his last rites,” he added.
Dahan Singh, who is son-in-law of the deceased said that it is message of brotherhood, communal harmony and peace for everyone.
“Our Muslim neighbours left all their important work and came together to help us in this hour of grief,” he said.
He said that religion should not become a barrier in reaching out to your neighbor or a friend.
“Hundreds of Muslims continue to visit our residence to offer their condolences. This brotherhood was always present in our area and this will continue to be like this,” he added while thanking his neighbours.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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