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Muslim wears dastār in gratitude to Sikhs for their help during Delhi riots

The video of the marriage was first shared by Amnesty International. It later went viral on the social media

Saturday March 7, 2020 8:23 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Muslim wears Sikh Turban

[The wedding also saw over 100 of Hakeem's friends and Muslim guests wearing the Sikh turbans to express their gratitude to the Sikhs. (Photo: Reshma Alam/Twitter/@reshma_alam9)]

Chandigarh: A Muslim bridegroom tied dastār - a Sikh turban, on his wedding in Gidderbaha town in Punjab in order to express gratitude to the Sikhs for rescuing Muslims during riots in north-east Delhi.

The video of Abdul Hakeem's marriage was first shared by Amnesty International. It later went viral on the social media.

The wedding also saw over 100 of Hakeem's friends and Muslim guests wearing the Sikh turbans to express their gratitude to the Sikhs.

Hakeem's father-in-law Saleem Khan said his son-in-law wore the dastār - the Sikh turban, to convey a message of communal harmony.

"A Muslim is not identified only by his cap but also by his thoughts. Likewise, a true Sikh's identity is not only his turban but also his Gursikhi," he said.

Khan said Hakeem had told them in advance that he would sport a dastār in honour of Sikhs who rescued Muslims in Delhi.

"We were happy with his decision," he added.

More than 50 people died and over 250 were left injured in the Delhi riots in the last month of February 2020. The riots reminded the locals of the dark memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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