[PICTURES]: Thar, where Muslims celebrate Holi and Hindus observe Muharram
"Mithi is a city where Hindus fast in Ramazan, Muslims do not slaughter cows, and no temple bells ring during Azan timings."
In the Hindu majority city of Tharparkar, a unique case of interfaith harmony can be witnessed during the holy month of Muharram when the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his family is remembered.
Speaking to a local media outlet,a software engineer, Raja Rohit Karmani, said, “Mithi is a city where Hindus fast in Ramazan, Muslims do not slaughter cows, and no temple bells ring during Azan timings.”
Rohit, who fervently takes part in the Muharram procession, said, “I participate in the Muharram procession as a sign of unity and harmony with my Muslim brothers.”
“The Hindu community of the town shares the same love for the family of Prophet Muhammad PBUH as the Muslim community,” Karmani added.
Sushil Kumar Malani, a local politician, told a source, “Muharram is a holy month which we observe with the same religious devotion as Muslims. There is no such difference between the Muslim or Hindu community in Mithi.”
Malani added, “The interfaith harmony in Mithi is instilled in our culture. We have Muslims who celebrate Holi and Dewali; and Hindus, who observe Eid and Muharram. That is how things have been in here, and we strive to keep it that way.”
A social worker from Mithi named Raj Asnani, said, “The Hindu community in Sindh has always held a strong belief towards interfaith unity.”
Ansani said that in respect of Muharram, the Hindu community does not celebrate any religious or cultural events. Moreover, many people do not even play music in their homes or temples.
Raj Ansani added, “During the past few years when there was an increase in sectarianism in Sindh, the security forces in Mithi tried to prevent the Hindu community from attending the Muharram processions. However, the Muslim community protested, and the Hindu community was allowed once again to participate in the Muharram rituals.”
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