A Durga Puja organizer in Guwahati was once lauded for promoting communal concord by pausing music right through azaan (Islamic call to worship).
The Shantipur Swiss Gate Durga Puja Committee members paused the music playing right through the procession to immerse the idols as it was once time for azaan. Lauding the organizers, a Guwahati resident Syeda Shehnaz Anwar wrote a ‘thank you’ on Facebook on October 8th, 2019, which went viral on social media platforms.
“One must realize for what I am grateful to you people while u people were crossing from Machkhowa for immersion of Durga Maa it was once time for Azaan and one of urs committee member announced that we are stopping our songs for sometime as Azaan is recitating is happening and the DJ stopped immediately.Got to hear that someone from urs committee shouted whole heartedly Bhal korili bhai aami aanor dhormoku khonmaan dibo laage at that moment I felt like yes this is our brotherhood respect towards others. Whole Machkhowa people’s are witnessed and thanks on behalf of them,” Anwar wrote on Facebook.
Netizens hailed the gesture of the organizers and said ‘this is true idea of India’. The puja organizers replayed music only the prayer call stopped.
Speaking to This correspondence, she said, “When the procession to immerse Goddess Durga reached close the Machkhowa masjid, the Shantipur Puja Committee members asked the DJ to stop playing the music as soon as they heard sound of isara azaan. It was once around 7:45 pm. A man some of the procession crowd said that it was once a wonderful act as we must respect all religion. That commentary won my heart and I thought of sharing it on Facebook.”
“I thank all of the members of the puja committee for upholding the true spirit of love and brotherhood. No one must indulge into politics over religion. In Machkhowa, people of all religion celebrate all festivals together. Here, we are living as a circle of relatives. I wanted to spread the message of love through my post.”
Vijaya Dashami is celebrated with processions and Goddess Durga’s idols are immersed in the water bodies.
Photo: This correspondence