CHENNAI: Expressing solidarity with the Muslim brotherhood in the city, the Governor of Tamilnadu K Rosaiah, along with other dignitaries, participated in the ‘Iftar’ feast hosted by the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, at his residence Amir Mahal on Sunday.
When the clock signalled the end of the fasting period for the day, the Governor, along with the acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Justice Satish K Agnihotri, former governor of Odisha M M Rajendran, former governor of West Bengal, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Abdul Rahim and the Prince of Arcot shared the Iftar.
The chief qazi to the Government of Tamil Nadu Mufti Khazi Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub offered prayers before breaking the fast and the Muslim faithful who were present joined in. The Amir Mahal wore a grand look with the exuberance of joyous gathering of friends. Eminent Muslim leaders and judges, politicians and members of the armed forces were present at the get together.
The Governor was pleased with the presence of several non-Muslim personalities at the Iftar and said that it was an indication of oneness. “Whatever religion or region we may be from, whatever language we may speak, we are all brothers and sisters and we will join hands in the building of our nation and no destructive force can destabilise us in the name of religion,” he added.
Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali took the opportunity to share a few thoughts about the tense situation in Palestine.
“I feel sorry to say that large number of Muslims in different parts of the world have come under cruel pressure. The long history of tolerance and compassion should prevail, making for a better tomorrow,” he said.