BY: Rameez Makhdoomi
Srinagar, Feb 15: The local Muslims of Maisuma Srinagar, the Summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir have set an example of humanity and communal harmony, by performing the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Monday, said Ajaz Ahmad War who is the inhabitant of Maisuma and President of Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association.
” Being his neighbors’ we the residents of Maisuma immediately rushed to help the bereaved family to perform the last rites of deceased Rakesh Kumar Sharma aka Lala Ji, who passed away on Sunday evening” , said Mr. Ajaz
“We (Muslims) carried the body of the Lala Ji to the cremation ground.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lala Ji did not migrate in 1990s when a large number of Kashmiri Pandits fled the Valley.
Muslims of Maisuma have conveyed a message that they are commited to promote human ethics, Universal Brotherhood.
Mr. Ajaz said, we deeply mourn his death as a neighbor.” Islam teaches us brotherhood and harmony and it was our duty to reach out to our Pundit neighbors in their hour of grief, said Mr. Ajaz
Scores of people including the women thronged the home of the deceased to express condolences with the family.
Meanwhile, few Kashmiri Pandits who arrived to help his family and local Muslims in cremation of the deceased expressed gratitude to the local Muslims and special gratitude towards JKYJA President Ajaz War.
“It is only because of our Muslim brothers that we could perform the ladt rites without any hardship,” they said. “The communal harmony and brotherhood between Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits has always remained an example.