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Instances of communal harmony

1. Muslim students chant Sanskrit shlokas in their classes every morning

A Muslim teacher, namely Aabid Saiyad of MES Boys’ High School, Yakutpura area of Vadodara district, Gujarat, has been conducting Sanskrit classes in this School since 1998, where all the students, majority of them Muslims, chant Sanskrit shlokas in their classes every morning. Saiyad, an MA in Sanskrit and English from Vallabh Vidyanagar based Sardar Patel University, firmly believes that religion and faith cannot be an impediment to imparting knowledge. According to him, a non-Muslim should also be able to teach Arabic and vice-versa. Saiyad advises his students and the youngsters to follow the moral teachings imbibed in Sanskrit language to enrich their lives.

2. Singing of Bhajans by a Muslim

Ramzan Khan, father of the Muslim Professor Feroze Khan of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is fond of singing bhajans at temples. Ramzan recently participated in an Aarti programme, sitting at a harmonium and singing a devotional song at Shree Ramdev Gaushala Chetanya Dham, in Rajasthan. Ramzan Khan holds a Shastri qualification in Sanskrit, composes religious songs and performs Gau Sewa. His songs are dedicated to Rama, Krishna, Shiva and other Hidu deities. At the same time, he also visits Mosque and offers Namaz. It is heartening that Hindu seers in the area appreciate Ramzan Khan for his interest in Bhajans.

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