We are the World Blogfest is here with its fourth edition.
To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest.
As a rule, I stay away from religion, but after the recent spate of lynchings in India, Hindus lynching Muslims and Muslims lynching Hindus, I find I need to speak of it.
I’ve done so here, (and the Prime Minister has now condemned the lynchings) but today in the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share human stories of Hindus helping Muslims and Muslims helping Hindus in times of trouble.
All humans, no matter what religion, race, gender, nationality, tribe, caste, ethnicity, share two facts: death and birth.
Here’s a story of a Muslim village helping a Hindu couple with the last rights of their son.
“We had no money for the funeral of our son…whole night we sat and cried beside our dead son thinking what to do,” Biswajit’s mother said.
“In the morning, our Muslim neighbours came forward and carried the body on a bamboo cot to the Manikchak cremation ground which is around 8km from the village,” she said, adding, “They also chanted Hindu mantras – “Bolo Hari Hari bol” on the way to the ground.”
Interestingly, Sheikhpura is a Muslim majority village with just two or three Hindu families.
“We were so worried. My wife was close to delivering the baby and all we could see was a Ganpati Mandir. As soon as we got down outside the temple, some women, who were sitting in the verandah of the mandir, rushed to help us.
We didn’t even have to ask. After that, I was called later to see the face of my baby boy,” said Ilyaz.
The women devotees created a makeshift delivery room with the help of sarees and bedsheets that they brought from their nearby homes. Some old women were at the centre of the circle with Noor Jahan, and within moments, the temple was filled with the cries of a baby boy….The couple went to the hospital after the delivery and the doctors said there were no signs of complications. The happy couple are now going to name the baby Ganesh.
So, in all our darkness, the only-too-often witnessed bigotry of religion, the hope lies in the individual, in each of us looking within. In the acts of compassion that never get noticed or covered in the media, when two communities often at odds stand beside each other at the most significant times: birth and death.
Humans are flawed beings. No one else hates as we do. But then, no one else loves as we do, either.
If you found these pieces of news heartening and would like to take part in this blogfest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.
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- All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity.
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#WATWB also wants to link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support. Here’s the organization I’ve come to love and support: PROJECT WHY— and here’s one of my previous posts on the work they do. Feel free to send them a little of your help– every little bit counts.
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