New Delhi: A 550-year-old mosque, which was left abandoned due to communal violence during the 1947 partition, was reopened on Friday for Muslim devotees with the help of the Sikh community, reported Clarion India.
According to Sikh traditions, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, had offered Namaz at the mosque situated inside a fort in Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district of Punjab.
On November 13, Sikhs and Muslims of the area held a joint event to mark the opening of the mosque. The Sikhs also distributed sweets among the Muslim attendees.
After the event the Muslims held a ritual prayer of thanks.
Sant Sukhdev Singh and Sant Balbir Singh from the Sikh community were at the forefront to get the mosque opened. Balbir is known for environment-related activism in the area.
Welcoming the development Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vice president Engineer Saleem said that it sent “a positive message across the country and globally from our Sikh brothers in Punjab at a time when some elements are trying to stoke anti-Muslim sentiments and even targeting religious places in the country.”