Amid the despair caused by mass flooding in Kashmir, a mosque in the Hyderpora area has opened its doors as a relief centre for members of both the Sikh and Hindu faiths.
In this hour of tragedy, this mosque has become a symbol of communal harmony as a number of Hindus, who had come from outside the state
for work, are also taking shelter here. The residents of this camp at the mosque, which remained unaffected by the floods, have come from various parts of the Valley and each
At the mosque premises, community kitchen is being run and donation of clothes is pouring in. The residents are housed in the three-storeyed building.
Around 2400 people eat food every day at the masjid, says Haji Ghulam Nabi Dar, president of the Hyderpora Jama Masjid Committee.
Affected people from far off places like Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore have come here for shelter.
Haji Dar stated, “we decided to set up the camp on Friday last when we saw the fury of floods increasing,” he added, “the government has no role in running the camp – the relief material is coming from the common people”.
He says people are angry at the administration as “they did nothing to help the victims”.
Imams Online encourages all communities to pray for the victims of these floods that have devastated significant parts of both Pakistan and India.