Indian Sikh donates his land to build a mosque
Sukhpal Singh Bedi, an Indian Sikh merchant, has donated his 900 square foot land for the construction of a mosque after Kartarpur corridor inauguration on Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday.
The Sikh is a 70-year-old resident of Purkazi town in Muzaffarnagar district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Bedi donated his land after the Supreme Court of India gave its verdict in the histori Ayodhya dispute.
Bedi said that this gesture is a tribute to Baba Guru Nanak’s teachings of peace and love. He hoped that this gesture will foster the communal union in the area.
“I don’t have much property, but whatever I had, I have donated it for a good cause.”
Bedi handed over the documents of the land to Zahir Farooui, the Nagar Panchayat Chairman. Farooqui thanked Bedi on behalf of the Muslim community for his kind act.
Similarly, New York based Sikh father and his son are raising funds for the construction of a mosque in Nadala, a village in Indian Punjab.
The father, Darshan Singh and his son, Jagpreet Singh have launched a funding campaign on the “Go Fund Me” website.
In a recent interview, Jagpreet told that he recently talked with one of his Muslim friends from the village who told him how the Muslim population of the village had to pray in shifts to fit in a one-room square.
“There’s a real sense of unity between us and our Muslim brothers and sisters right now because of the Kartarpur Corridor opening, allowing us to go back to a very holy site for us in the Pakistan part of Punjab.”
The campaign was launched on November 25 and has already received over $2,000 out of the required $10,000 needed for the construction.