In the midst of controversies on hijab, the use of loudspeakers in mosques, and the halal meat, Muslims in Sangli city of Maharashtra have donated a loudspeaker to a Hanuman temple after they learned that the temple did not have a loudspeaker` for morning prayers and Hanuman Chalisa.
They have donated the loudspeaker to Maharudra Hanuman Mandir, located at Hanuman Nagar in Sangli city.
The temple authorities said the local Muslim community has been taking care of the temple premises for a long time.
Some men, who are now in their 60s and 70s, had carried out sapling plantation drives here when they were young. Now the saplings are full-grown trees. Some of these men were also present while donating the loudspeaker to the temple.
Ayub Pathan who started the Muslim Yuva Parishad to ensure that the Muslim youths are not exploited by the politicians in the name of religion said that he had come to know about the temple authorities' need for a loudspeaker from its caretakers.
"Many from my community came forward to help. A lot of us have grown up listening to the morning prayers played through a small audio player. Many members of the Hindu community like our azan as well. There should be no objection to loudspeakers being put atop temples or mosques if the volume is within the limit. Prayers make the mind peaceful", he said.
After Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS chief Rai Thackeray gave an ultimatum to remove loudspeakers from mosques and asked his party workers of the Maharashtra Navnirmlan Sena (MNS) to play Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques, Pathan's organization decided to welcome the MNS workers with sharbat and sheer kurma.
Earlier two Hindu sisters Saroj and Anita donated their father's land worth more than 1.5 crores to an Eidgah in Kashipur town of Uttarakhand while in Maharashtra's Buldhana district a Hindu village gifted a loudspeaker to a nearby mosque in order to register their protest against the ongoing loudspeaker row, whereas in Davangere district three people from the Hindu community donated their land for building a wall of an Eidgah.