Lucknow, the city of diverse cultures has once again restored our faith in communal harmony. For the first time in history of city of Nawabs, Muslims offered namaz in a Gurudwara at Yahiyaganj. In a commendable show of inter-faith solidarity, Sikh community organized an Iftar party for their Muslim brothers to break the fast.

This All-Community Iftar was organized by Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation on 30th June, 2016 at Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadue Sahib Ji, Yahiyaganj. Last year, for the first time, Shia and Sunni Muslims came together as one family to hold joint prayers for Eid-ul-adha in the 168-year-old Imambara Sibtainabad in the heart of Lucknow and over 400 people of both sects united to pray. A joint Shia-Sunni namaz was held which was led by a Sunni imam in “a Shia monument” only to send out the message of universal brotherhood.

Lucknow which is famous for its rich cultural, co-existing linguistics, and inter community architecture organized this event to send out a strong message for unity which exists in the state. Also, it is interesting to note that last year, to strengthen the ties between Muslims and other communities, Shias and Sunnis participated in the langar to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday. And on the other hand, Sikh community put up a stall to serve ‘sherbet’, giving out a message of universal peace between sects.

Social Samajwadi is looking forward to more such heart-warming events in the state and wishes everyone ‘Eid Mubarak’.

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