10-10- 10member delegation from the Al Manar Islamic Centre had last year visited Guru Nanak Darbar to promote inter-religious understanding.
At 7.16pm, the official time for breaking fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, the air in the langar hall (dining area of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, a Sikh temple) was filled with azaan, instead of the usual kirtan, in honour and regard of the visitors from Al Manar Centre.
On one side, scores of people sat cross-legged in rows waiting to be served langar (dinner), while the other side was cordoned off for Muslim prayers.
The experience was overwhelming. “I have never seen anything like this before,” said Surjit Kaur, an elderly lady from the north Indian state of Punjab, who is visiting her son in Dubai.
In one of the firsts for the Gurudwara that was opened in January 2012, a 10-member delegation from the Al Manar Islamic Centre visited the holy place of worship for Sikhs on Tuesday to promote inter-religious understanding. The two sides exchanged messages of peace in the main hall of worship and the evening was followed by a lavish spread of sumptuous vegetarian Iftar meal.
“I think it is a great way to have an open dialogue between people of two different faiths and practices,” said Surinder Singh Kandhari, Chairman, Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara on the sidelines.
“Such visits help clear misunderstandings. The horizon is so big that it is a pleasure to learn from other religions, too. Sikhism as a religion glorifies tolerance, equality, service and humility, and Islam