“Be it Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims we have a strong bonding in Joshimath. The senior management from the Gurudwara sahib and the Muslim community held a short meeting on Saturday morning and made quick arrangements for the prayers,” the Hindustan Times reported Buta Singh, the manager of the Shri Hemkund Sahib gurudwara, as saying.
Singh told the Hindustan Times that more than 500 Muslims offered namaaz in the gurudwara's retiring hall.
“The incessant rains for the past couple of days had rendered offering Bakr-Eid Namaaz at the traditional Gandhi Maidan and local municipal board hall difficult. This led us to approach Govindghat-based gurdwara management committee senior manager Seva Singh for permission to offer namaaz there. The gurdwara has ample space to accommodate sizeable devout,” the Hindustan Times reported Salim Raja, an office bearer of the Joshimath Muslim Committee, as saying.
It added Rais Ahmad, 50, as saying: “Though we keep hearing stories about growing hatred in the society, by Allah’s grace we never witnessed such negative things here.”