Published On:12 August 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Communal harmony: Hindu role in Muslim places of worship

By Arunav Sinha

Lucknow: The Old City area of Lucknow, which was recently in news for sectarian clashes, boasts of some mosques that stand on the foundation of Hindu-Muslim participation. Over the decades they have established their identity as symbols of communal unity and are flocked by Hindus on particulars days of the week.

One such island of communal harmony is the Rauza-e-Kazmain located in Chowk. Built in 1847 by Jagannth Agarwal, a trusted aide of emperor Amjad Ali Shah, the Roza-e-Kazmain is spread over 20 bighas. Talking about Rauza-e-Kazmain, general secretary royal family of Awadh, Shikoh Azad, said, "Jagannath Agarwal was a servant and trusted aide of Badshah Amjad Ali Shah. Once he expressed his desire to his master that he wanted to go Iran and view a Rauza. On his return to Awadh, he found the poor could not afford to visit the Rauzas in Iran. So he decided to construct a replica of the Iranian rozas in Lucknow. And in order to accomplish this feat, artisans, craftsmen and skilled labourers were brought in from Iran."

Azad further stated that after the Roza-e-Kazmain was completed, the emperor of Awadh gave the title of Shariffudaulah to Agarwal. "An overwhelmed Agarwal then changed his name to Ghulam Raza Khan Shariffudaulah and became a Shia Muslim," added Azad.

Another famous landmark, which symbolises communal harmony in the city of nawabs is the 'Padaain ka Masjid', near Aminabad tempo stand. "A large number of Hindu devotees throng this place on first Thursday of every month. There is a faith among devotees that any prayer offered here on the first Thursday of the month definitely yields positive dividends," said Azad, adding that despite being located in a communally sensitive area, the mosque is an epitome of inter-religious tolerance.

The Thakurganj-based Raja Jhaulal ki Imambara is also a fine example of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.

The Imambara, which was built during the reign of Asaf-ud-Daulah has been hosting various programmes of religious importance for members of Shia community.

The Tikait Rai Masjid located in the vicinity of Tikait Rai Talaab also owes its existence to broadminded people from Hindu community, who never allowed the narrow bylanes of caste and creed become an obstacle in their endeavour, adds general secretary of royal family of Awadh.

Commenting on the recent sectarian clashes, which disrupted normalcy and life and brought a significant portion of the Old City area to a standstill, Shikoh Azad says, "It is indeed unfortunate that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which has members from both sects, did not take any initiative in curtailing the riots either by word or actions. As a result, many areas of the Old City faced the brunt of the violence for 3-4 days, thereby causing inconvenience to residents especially when the holy month of Ramzan was approaching the finish line."

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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