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Inter-faith iftar get-together held

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 6 - An inter-faith iftar get-together was organised by the Bagh Hazarika Centre for Cultural Studies under the auspices of the Muslim Youth Forum Against Communalism, Terrorism and Sedition (MY-FACTS) here recently.

The day�s programme began with recitation from the holy Quran rendered by lady Maulana Runuma Begum.

In his welcome address, Aman Wadud, founder member of MY-FACTS said, �MY-FACTS was formed with the basic idea of peaceful coexistence. Among the various differences in religious practices, still there are many things in common, like the love and care we have for our neighbours. In our work fields also we come across people of various religions, but we work as friends. Rather, we take them as our trusted colleagues. MY-FACTS is working on such common grounds to foster peace and brotherhood.�

A message received from Ashiq Zaman, another founder member of MY-FACTS was read out. It highlighted the series of articles on Ramzan and Idd written by renowned persons who are non-Muslims, published in a web magazine edited by Teresa Rehman, which acted as the inspiration for holding the iftar meet.

Ananta Kalita, former director of SBI Central Board, said, �Our identity should be that of good human beings and not on the basis of religion.�

Dilip Bora, editor of an Assamese daily, said that peace always prevailed among the various communities living in Assam and if anyone is trying to disturb the atmosphere of love and trust, it must be thwarted at all costs.

Prof Munirul Hussain of Gauhati University asked the Muslim community to take a relook at itself and eradicate those practices that are giving the community a bad name.

Among other guests invited to the meet were Aditi Choudhury, Dr Merina Das, Nandita Talukdar, Dr Syed Iftikar Ahmed, Zakaria Zuffri, Tanmoy Sharma, Ranjit Choudhury and Bonojit Hussain.

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