The Gurunanak Darbar Gurudwara in UAE that envelopes all within its warm embrace, irrespective of cast or creed, performed a soul-stirring gesture when it organised an Iftar where people of different religions and over 30 nationalities broke the Muslim fast together.
With a sense of homely peace this gurdwara, which is largest in the Gulf region, hosted about 120 residents of over 30 nationalities to celebrate the holy month of Ramzan and support the Muslim community in breaking their fast in a multicultural setting.
Muslims broke their fast over water, dates and Indian dishes as the call to Maghreb (evening) prayers rang inside the gurdwara. Later, they offered their prayers inside the gurdwara premises in Jebel Ali.
As per the reports Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman of Gurunanak Darbar said that the Iftar on Wednesday was to bring people together in the face of adversity.
"In a world that struggles with extremism, the best way to cut it is through creating friendships among different faiths and nationalities and making the difference ourselves. It is only through communication that we can overcome adversities," said Kandhari, noting that guests varied from Arabs, Ethiopians, Mexicans to Americans and Serbians.
Indian Consul General in Dubai Vipul said the gurudwara is doing a great service by getting all communities and religions together.
"I see todays Iftar also as a step in that direction", he was quoted as saying.
The gurudwara also set a Guinness World Record by hosting breakfast for 101 nationalities in April.
A regular visitor at the gurdwara, Mitchell Peeters from Belgium, said as a Christian, having Iftar in a Sikh temple makes the experience in UAE more special.
"It is a nice experience to enjoy happiness and friendliness of people around you from different faiths and nationalities. It is part of the charm of living in Dubai and adjusting to the customs of the local people", said Peeters, a UAE resident for four years.