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Muslim Orphans Say “Shukran”

Nestledaway in a quiet, secluded part of Dwarka Mor, stands the Muslim Boys Hostel. It is a place you would never find unless someone gave detailed directions. But to fifty young Muslim orphans, it is the most important place on earth and the very center of their universe. Through contributions of the Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints these young children now have a warm place to sleep with comfortable beds and bedding rather than sleeping on a hard concrete floor. They also now have a much needed washing machine, clean water filters, warm clothing, nutritious food and a hygiene kit for every child. All totaled over 2,200 separate items were donated for the welfare and benefit of the orphans.

Following the Muslim evening call to prayer, these items were presented to the Imam E Asr Boys Orphanage (Muslim Boys Hostel) at a ceremony attended by prominent leaders in the Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths. And even at the very young age of the orphans, they showed sincere heart felt appreciation by singing songs and gathering around the guests to say “Shukran”, the Muslim Arabic word for “thank you”. Mumtaz Ali Murtazavi, founder and chairman of the orphanage, counseled the children to recognize the good that is done in the world by other people. He said that The Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a good example of people who truly love others regardless of differences in religion or race. He then added that Muslims and Mormons share many common values.

Other dignitaries present were Vikram Dutt – President of the Manovikas Charitable Society, Fazalur Rehman – President of Rehamaan’s and a prominent Muslim community leader and President Peyton of the Dwarka Branch. Following speeches of gratitude and admonitions, everyone present sat on the floor to enjoy a traditional Muslim meal and a true thanksgiving feast. There is a tradition in India that if you share a meal with someone they become your friend and brother for life. At the Imam E Asr Boys Orphanage many lifelong friendships were made that night.

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