A group of Muslim volunteers recently sanitized a historical Gurudwara in Shadimarg area.
PULWAMA: A local youth group in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has been actively working to sanitize places of worship amid the growing scare of COVID-19 pandemic. Among many religious places, the group of Muslim volunteers recently sanitized a historical Gurudwara in Shadimarg area.
The group, called as Rajpora Volunteer Development Committee (RVDC), has been working in the area from the last month to decontaminate and sanitize religious places among others.
“We have been working all these days consistently without any break. Sikh people are our brethren and we are doing all our volunteer work without considering religious differences,” a volunteer, Bilal Ahmad, said while talking to DigPu.
Overlooking their religious difference, Mohammad Ayoub is one of the many Muslim volunteers who have joined hands with different relief agencies including the local government authorities to provide rations, and sanitation products to low-income masses amid the Coronavirus outbreak that has put the entire region under a crippling lockdown.
The area of Rajpora also saw the group of 24 volunteers distributing a large quantity of food items, face masks and hand sanitizers among the 120 underprivileged families while flawlessly following the norms of social distancing. “We do not gather people on the streets to distribute ration in order to observe social distancing. We deliver rations at the doorsteps,” Ayoub says.
RVDC has also been making the local people aware about social distancing as a tool to combat the pandemic. “You would find our volunteers at ‘sensitive’ places like hospitals, banks and other such places where there are chances of people gathering in large numbers. We have been helping the authorities to enforce social distancing,” says Muzaffar Jan, another volunteer.
The faith and support these communities have been showing towards each other restore one’s faith in humanity and exemplifies Kashmir’s religious harmony as a lesson in the pandemic times.
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