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Yusuf?s Ramayan for brotherhood

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 14:33 IST
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IN A first of its kind attempt to spread message of brotherhood, Mohammed Yusuf Hindustani has begun a non-stop ‘Ramayan Path’ at Gandhi Hall from Thursday evening. Shri Ram Navyuvak Ramayan Mandal has organised the programme.

Yusuf Hindustani would read the epic Ramayan, Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kand during his 51-hour programme. The ‘Path’ began in the presence of both Hindu and Muslim audience. The Mandal also consists of some Muslims like Aslam Khan and Rafiq.

Yusuf told Hindustan Times that it was just a matter of belief that he took to reading Hindu epics more than 25 years ago. He said that his family never opposed his decision as he has been religiously following Islam too all these years. Yusuf clarified that he is not after making any record but would follow Limca Book guidelines for his programme.

Proud of being an Indian Muslim, Yusuf believes that his Path would help in removing the misunderstandings among Hindus and Muslims and they would be able to understand each other’s religion. Yusuf visits temples and has performed in over 400 Ramayan Path and in number of Shiv Puran and Sundar Kand programmes.

Yusuf quit eating non-vegetarian food 12 years ago but has never worshipped any idol and goes according to Islamic religion in this matter. He feels himself as one with both the communities and accepts that Hindus have always helped him whatsoever. This Ramayan Path would conclude at 8.30 pm on December 9.