Bhubaneswar: Setting an example of communal harmony, a Muslim man recently garnered much applause for organising the sacred thread ceremony of a Hindu Brahmin boy in the capital city of Odisha. The orphan poor boy is the inmate of Pratibha Ashram in Bhubaneswar.
Mohammed Zaheer (35), the founder and coordinator of Pratibha Ashram organised the sacred thread ceremony of Chintu Mishra as per the rituals and traditions of the Arya Samaj with much love and affection.
According to sources, the Ashram was founded on February 1, 2013. The Ashram accommodates around poor and orphan boys of all religions. Zaheer has been taking care of the food, accommodation, studies and future of the boys without any discrimination.
All staff of the Ashram and Zaheer’s father Sheikh Abdul Zafar help him in making the Ashram a safe haven for the orphan kids and to build their future. Despite no help and donations from the government, Zaheer has been able to feed the kids and give them proper education.
Chintu was brought to the Ashram when he was just 13. Recently, he turned 17. And as per Brahmin tradition, the boys should wear the sacred thread. In fact, the ‘sacred thread ceremony’ is considered to be one of the most important and pious ones for the Brahmin sect.
When Zaheer came to know about this, he decided to conduct the thread ceremony of Chintu without any hesitation.
Till now, Zaheer has helped many orphan boys. He has managed to unite children who were separated from their parents. Three children of the Ashram were adopted earlier by generous couples and now are leading a happy life. The noble deed of Zaheer has earned him praises from all quarters.
Members of the Khurda District Child Protection Unit and Child Welfare Committee graced the occasion and blessed the boy.