New Delhi, Dec. 28 (TNS): In a goodwill gesture, Muslims in Fatehgarh Sahib, an Indian town, have opened up the premises of historical Lal Masjid to the members of Sikh community to let them prepare and serve ‘langar’ (community kitchen) for Shahidi Jor Mela, a three-day event which observes martyrdom of the younger Sahibzaadas of Guru Gobind Singh.
The mosque belongs to the later Mughal period and is attributed to Saifuddin, the grandson of Shaikh Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi (1560-1623) also known as Mujaddid Alf Sani.
The mosque was renovated by the Muslim community two years ago.
Following permission from the mosque in-charge, villagers from Ranwan and Batho in the Khamano sub-division of the district set up langar there to serve the congregation.
“The Muslim community has allowed using their land for preparing langar. We are preparing food and serving it to the visitors for the last three days.
The basement of the mosque is also being used by us for storing food items.
Gurdwaras of two villages have collectively organized the langar and villagers are taking turns to participate in the services of the community kitchen. We got permission from the in-charge of the mosque here as Muslims were happy to share their land for our religious event,” said Charanjit Singh Channi of Ranwan village.