Hindus Helping Fasting Muslims in Bihar Camps

September 8, 2008

Author: Imran Kha

Source: Arab News


Setting an example of communal harmony in relief camps in flood-hit Bihar, Hindus are helping Muslims keep Ramadan fast by sharing their meager resources. “What is interesting to note that Hindus are helping Muslims to keep fast by providing whatever possible in relief camps,” said Bihar Disaster Management Minister Nitish Mishra.

The majority of Muslims in relief camps were observing fast while sharing everything with others. Several NGOs are providing food to Muslims observing fast outside government control relief camps. “People, mostly Hindus, are arranging fruits, sweets and dinner for Muslims observing fast outside relief camps,” said Ranjeev, an activist in Saharsa district.

“For the first time, we have been left with no option but to observe the fast in the relief camp after getting displaced by Kosi river flood. It is an opportunity to show our faith in God,” said Shakila Bano in her 50s, a resident of a village in Araria district.