No space, no issue: Mumbai temple allows Muslims to offer Eid prayers

Published: September 28, 2015


A Ganpati pandal in Mumbai’s Colaba set a novel example two days ago by allowing Muslims to perform Eid prayers.

An image which has gone viral on social media shows a group of Muslims offering prayers inside a Ganpati Pandal on Friday, the day of Eidul Azha, boasting the peaceful coexistence of Hindus and Muslims in India.

Reports suggest the local mosque, Madrassa Rahamatiya Talimul Quran, was crowded on the occasion and people had to pray outside. This prompted the neighbourhood Ganapati to give them space to offer prayers.

Nearly 13,000 Muslims offered prayers inside the Ganpati pandal, according to Seva Sangh Ganeshotsav Mandal in Colaba.

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A member of Seva Sangh said this is not the first time Muslims have been given space to pray inside the Ganpati pandal. “During Ramzan four years ago which coincided with the Ganesh festival, we had allowed Eid prayers inside the pandal. It may be that some people find this surprising, but it is entirely normal for us”, he said.

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Recently, another such image also went viral on social media. The image showed a group of people offering prayers on a Mumbai road and assembling on one side to ensure there was enough space for a procession carrying Ganesh idols to pass by. The photos prompted positive comments from social media users.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post India.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Balma
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:39PM

    This is great.
    Supposedly, on Chahaar (Chaar) Minar in Hyderabad Deccan, 2nd or 3rd floor, there is a prayer area for Muslims in one corner and for Hindus in the other corner.

    Chahaar Minar was built in the late sixteenth century by Muhammad Qutub Shah of the Qutub Shahi dynasty at the founding of the city of Hyderabad in his Golconda Kingdom.
    In Karachi, Bahadurabad’s Chaar Minaar is a mini replica of Hyderabad’s Chahaar Minar.

    Bahaurabad is the short for Bahadur Yaar Jang Cooperative Housing Society. Bahadur Yar Jang was based in Hyderabad Deccan, and was a leader of Muslim League (kind of).Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:57PM

    This is the real and true power of Indian society who are so diverse but yet chained by solid bond as an Indian.Recommend

  • Aziz
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:00AM

    Bad news for hate merchants!Recommend

  • lol
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:30AM

    For a second I thought this was happening in pakistan and was surprised that there is a Hindu temple left standing. :))Recommend

  • chutadpaki
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:14AM

    thank you raheel sharif,……thank you quad-e-azamRecommend

  • wb
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:38AM

    @Aalia Suleman

    Come and read this and please write another blog on how Muslims and Christians are terrorized in India.Recommend

  • ABK Ind
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:23AM

    As expected this news article was the least commented by our dear Pakistani friends..Recommend

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