Hemidur Rahman, a businessman at the village, feels that despite there being different places of worship, the faith remains the same
Hemidur Rahman, a businessman at the village, feels that despite there being different places of worship, the faith remains the same|Facebook image
ASSAM

Secularism? Assam Muslim family shows the way

Hemidur Rahman and his family members build a place of worship for Hindus at Titabor upholding the principles of secularism

Bitopan Deka

Jorhat: In a village located 16-km from Titabor subdivision in Jorhat district, a Muslim family constructs a Namghar for the Hindu community. Hemidur Rahman and his family members helped build the walls around the structure and laid the roof for setting up of the traditional congregational prayer house in Handique village.

Hemidur Rahman, a businessman at the village, feels that despite there being different places of worship, the faith remains the same.

"Places of worship of different religions have the same value. Even before I have tried helping in building temples, mosques, and other places of worship as much as I could," he said.

Rahman and his family were invited to join the others in offering the first prayers at this newly constructed place of worship
Rahman and his family were invited to join the others in offering the first prayers at this newly constructed place of worshipFacebook image

On September 2 as the Namghar came to its completion, Rahman and his family were invited to join the others in offering the first prayers at this newly constructed place of worship.

Persia Sultana, wife of Rahman looks at the Assamese community to be as one in spite of having different faiths.

"We should live in Assam as one and as Assamese, we all should try to help each other in their own capacity," she said.

Lauding the efforts of the family, local residents see a true exponent of secularism in Rahman

"In the present situation, the family of Hemidur Rahman has given us a beautiful example. We are very proud of this work and express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to them," says Arunjoy Saikia, a relative of the family and a resident of Titabor.

Namghar is a unique prayer house associated with the Hindus of Assam in which apart from daily prayer services, villagers also get together for organising various cultural programs. Namghars can be seen in almost every part of Assam, and very often more than one Namghar exists in a single village which signifies many congregational communities.

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