A Mumbai resident Priya Singh’s gesture of facilitating a taxi driver’s namaz at the time of Iftar has won her many praises and generated positive vibes on social media, especially at a time when some parts of India are seeing communal tensions.
Priya Singh is the co-founder of Chalo, an app that tracks public buses, and who also writes poetry.
Giving details of the incident on her LinkedIn account, Priya Singh said, it happened while she was traveling from the Mumbai Airport to her home in Mumbai in an Uber taxi on April 15.
She also shared the picture on Twitter:
I sat in @Uber and Azaan started playing...I asked "do you want to pay namaaz" he asked "can I" and we parked the car on the rodeside to let him finish his prayers on the back seat while I sit in the front seat.— Priya Singh (@priyamohit) April 15, 2022
That's my India #Ramadan2022 #Uber #RamadanMubarak pic.twitter.com/pBzcE5tx68
From his name, Priya could make out that her driver was a Muslim and out of curiosity asked him if he had done Iftar, the mandatory breaking of the fast during the month of Ramazan.
He told her that he had broken his fast on the road.
Priya realized that he must not have offered his evening Namaz because he could not break his trip. She asked him if he would like to offer his Namaz at that time.
Priya knew that Maghrib prayer is said immediately after the Azaan.
The driver said he wanted to offer the prayers.
She directed him to park his cab on the roadside. Priya Singh shifted to the front seat giving space to the driver for offering his namaz in the rear.
Priya took a selfie of her seated in the front and the driver offering Namaz and shared it on Twitter with the caption This is my India.
She wrote in her LinkedIn post, "We parked the car on the roadside to offer Namaz in the back seat, till then I sat in the front seat."
She ended her post by saying, "This is the India my parents taught me about."
Shaheen Khan, Samiuddin Bakar, Khurshid Elahi, and Irshad took to Twitter to react to Priya's post. Dozens of people like Chaudhary, Syed Meraj Qadri, Subair, Fahad, etc. have praised her openly.
However, some people have also commented a reciprocal behavior from Muslims.