PATNA: Villagers at a distant hamlet in Bihar wake up every morning with the sounds of bells coming from a local temple.
They have been doing this for the past several decades—the bell rings and they runs out of their beds to prepare for the day. This has been their daily routine.
Nothing strange! What is unusual here is that the very bell hanging at the local Hindu temple is rung by a Muslim villager who serves as the priest here.
Meet Sadique Miyan, 85, who has been serving as the priest at a temple dedicated to Ram family at Sohsa village in central Bihar’s Arwal district, some 80 km from Patna. He is a lesson for those who wants to create frenzy and spread hatred in the society in the name of religion.
“All religions are same. They all talk about love and service to the humanity,” he said.
At the fag-end of his life, the octogenarian priest has only one wish. “I want my mortal remains to be flown away in the Ganges,” he says.
The Muslim priest who has studied till intermediate and speaks Hindi, Urdu and Arabic with equal ease turned towards the Hindu religion while he studied in Class three.
“I have been offering prayers at the temple since 1949 and faced no problems from anywhere,” he said.
“Religious must not be thrust upon anyone; let the people choose his own religion,” she said.
But he is not alone in the mission to create a new society based on communal brotherhood.
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