Gorakhpur Muslim sings Hindu prayers

May 10th, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by ANI  

By Pawan ShahGorakhpur, May 10 (ANI): A Muslim in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur area has acquired big popularity for his inclination to sing praises of Lord Rama from Ramayana, the religious text of Hindus, with utter devotion. Drawn to study Hindu religious texts since high-school days, 38-year-old Sadiq Ali is presently a charm for people to listen hymns and religious prayers from in public gatherings. A firm believer in the oneness of God, Sadiq wants to promote humanity and affection among people of all sections, irrespective of religious faiths. “When I was in High School, my Hindu friends used to take me to thereadings of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. I developed an interest in Ramayana Kirtan (singing verses from the Ramayana). Now I am proficient in singing ‘Kirtans’,” he said.Though initially Sadiq had to bear with the resentment of a few persons of his community, but it only strengthened his faith in bringing Hindus and Muslims close to each other. He says if all religious have common teachings asking followers to develop goodness in life and live together, why should we allow ourselves to fight each other in the name of religion at all. “There are problems sometimes. Religious leaders often try to dissuade me but I make them understand. I believe that all religions are equal, and I give equal respect to all religions,” Sadiq said.”At some places people say that they do not want low caste Hindus and Muslims to sing Kirtans. But we try to make them understand that it is rather commendable that being a Muslim he is singing Ramayana kirtan,” said Radheshyam, a member of Sadiq Ali’s troupe.Ali is, in his own way, setting an example of communal harmony and endorsing the oneness of God. (ANI)

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