Independence Day calling People from all faiths head to Spanish MosqueNihad Amani
Dwarfed by the Hyderabad Metro Rail station, the 112yearold Spanish Mosque that can accommodate 3,000 worshippers, was at one time a time a part of 340acre wooded estate of the Paigah nobles
Rasoolpura: Dwarfed by the Hyderabad Metro Rail station, the 112-year-old Spanish Mosque that can accommodate 3,000 worshippers, was at one time a time a part of 340-acre wooded estate of the Paigah nobles. It is now once again in the spotlight, thanks to the trust members who came up with an idea to invite people from all communities and faiths to get to know the inside of a mosque.
Speaking about the idea, M A Faiz Khan, a member of the trust said, “A Hindu couple once were delighted when we invited them to enter the mosque but at the same time were hesitant as they were unsure if they could enter a mosque. To dispel such fears and misconceptions, we decided to come do this and I am delighted that the response was good.” It may be noted that this is the second instance when a mosque in the city was thrown open to people from all faiths. Volunteers took people around and explained how Muslims offer ablution, prayer and the major principles of Islam.
The event was followed by refreshments and all four prayers accordingly from 11a.m to 7p.m. Mansi Singh a visitor stated, “I always wanted to see how a masjid looks like, an opportunity like this gave me a clear picture.” “It’s just to remove misconception of the religion what people have. We want people to know that every religion stands for peace,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal Jaweed, one of the organising members.
Melissa, a faculty member from Indian Institute of Public Health, (IIPH), Madhpur said, “The best thing I found was the way the volunteers explained about the various facets and the minutest details about the historic mosque.” Shereen Syed, a volunteer stated, “This event is to promote peace and harmony among all the communities.” Tony, a foreign visitor told, “This event reinforced my belief that all can live in harmony and I got to witness the beautiful architecture of the 112 years old mosque.” Sindhu, a doctor from NIMS said, “Such events must be organised as it helps people understand each other better and promote oneness.”
Ghouse, a local resident says, “This must be done in all religions to strengthen up the brotherhood.” Abdul Rahman, a member of the management team asserted on the point that,” We are not doing this event so that the people accept Islam, but for people know that Islam also teaches harmony like any other religion does.” “I was glad to hear the few translations of the Surah’s and the banners exhibited the purity of the religion,” said Prashant Banarjee who works at the Qutub Shahi Tombs. “These programs will build up trust among people of various religions.” told Asna Bukhtyar, the daughter of the trustee.
Lata, a visitor said “Getting my children here was my priority as I want children to see, feel and read about a religion or community and then form an opinion.” Sultanuddin, a trustee stated,” This mosque is open for everyone. There is a misconception among people that one cannot enter a mosque.”