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A positive feeling, Gujarati Hindus say after visiting Masjid Umar bin Khattab

It was for the first time Gujarati Hindus had got a chance to visit a mosque

Monday January 28, 2019 7:23 AM, ummid.com News Network

Visit My Mosque Gujarat

Ahmedabad: A positive feeling and nice gesture! This is what Hindu men and women said after visiting Masjid Umar bin Khattab in Soni Chawl of Rakhial area located just 6 kms from Naroda Patiya in Gujarat.

"I am happy that they have kept the mosque open for all. Today, I came here and witnessed the Namaz, which gave me positive vibes", a Hindu visitor told news agency ANI.

The trustees of Masjid Umar bin Khattab had opened the doors of the mosque for people across all religions to send a message of communal harmony and provide visitors first hand experience of "what Muslims do inside the mosques and why they pray five times a day."

"The main aim is to initiate communal harmony among people. Today, people have wrong impressions about the activities that take place in a mosque. So, we kept it open to let people know what exactly is happening here. We request other mosques also to follow this trend so that people can understand our religion", a member of the masjid committee said.

Talking to The Times of India, a Nikol resident, Pravin Patel, who runs an embroidery business, said that he had visited the mosque and learned why prayers were offered five times a day and how Islam gives the liberty to express your views. Pointing at a poster carrying an Aayah (verse) from the Holy Quran, he said that it is written that every person has a right to express his view.

The organisers had also put a panel displaying a message from Hadith — sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) along with an image of a smartphone showing social media forums like WhattsApp, Facebook and Twitter. The message reads, “Do not spread rumours. Prophet Muhammad had stated that the man who spreads a message without cross checking its authenticity is also a liar.”

The events titled Masjid for all, A Mosque with open doors and Visit My Mosque are being organised in the United States, UK and other Western countries to clear misconception about Islam and Muslims since last few years. Trustees of some mosques had recently run such campaigns in Hyderabad and Pune. However, it was for the first time Gujarati Hindus had got a chance to visit a mosque.

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