In This City, Imams Start the Islamic Friday Prayer Later, to Celebrate a Hindu Festival

‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb‘ is a term used for the culture of the central regions of Northern India, which is regarded as a fusion of Hindu and Muslim elements with Nawab as the forerunners of this tradition. Lucknow, the capital city of India’s most populated state, Uttar Pradesh, forms the epicenter of that culture. The hospitality of ‘pehle aap’ (First you) offered here is something that is very highly respected.

Holi is one of the most prominent festivals of India and represents the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It touches on deeper themes of the passing of the seasons and the illusory nature of the material world. Traditionally, flowers and natural dyes were applied on each other, although nowadays synthetic dyes are used.

An imam of the city urged all mosques to postpone the timings of the Friday prayers as Holi, the festival of Hindu community, which comes once in a year, is played at its peak between 12 am and 1 pm. The prayers were postponed by half an hour to one hour. This decision was well received by both the communities.

All this arrangements were made in order to avoid any unwanted situation which would have disturbed peace. Lucknow has been an example of peace and harmony before, when Hindus and Sikhs had organised an Iftar for fasting Muslims. This decision also comes up in midst of heightened identity politics being pursued by leaders all over the world.

Lucknow: A City Providing Luck

Lucknow is a city that leaves people spell bound with its rich heritage and heavenly food. People are greeted with the utmost respect in the beautiful Urdu language, that will makes one instantly fall in love with the dialect!

It is a perfect example of peaceful co-existence and ‘unity in diversity’. This diversity came from the years of migration to the fertile regions of Northen India. Sometimes as scholars or artists, looking for patronage in the culturally rich land, or as refugees fleeing the persecution in their lands, but other times also as foreign traders.

This article was written by Haya Wakil

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