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Emirati Ministers, Rabbi, and Sikhs Unite for BAPS Hindu Temple’s Historic Ramadan Event, Unity in Diversity

Emirati Ministers, Rabbi, and Sikhs Unite for Historic Ramadan Event at BAPS Hindu Temple

In a heartwarming display of unity and inclusivity, the newly inaugurated BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi opened its doors to people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds for a unique Ramadan event. Titled ‘Omsiyyat’, the evening brought together individuals from various faiths and walks of life for a meaningful gathering marked by spiritual reflection, dialogue, and community bonding.

Against the backdrop of the majestic architectural marvel that is the BAPS Hindu Mandir, guests were treated to an evening of cultural festivities and heartfelt connections. Attendees included Emirati ministers, a rabbi, a vicar, representatives from the Bohra and Sikh communities, heads of government departments, ambassadors, diplomats, community leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and esteemed overseas guests.

Emirati Ministers, Rabbi, and Sikhs Unite for Historic Ramadan Event at BAPS Hindu Temple
Emirati Ministers, Rabbi, and Sikhs Unite for Historic Ramadan Event at BAPS Hindu Temple


Notable figures in attendance included Emirati ministers ,Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development. Sheikh Nahyan emphasized the special bond between India and the UAE, rooted in shared interests and values, amidst a world marked by division and discord.

Expressing gratitude for the interfaith gathering hosted by the BAPS Sanstha, Sheikh Nahyan underscored the significance of peace, tolerance, human fraternity, and interfaith harmony in the UAE. Pujya Swami Brahmaviharidas, who spearheaded the temple project, conveyed heartfelt appreciation to UAE leaders and ministers for their unwavering support.

Reflecting on the essence of Ramadan as a month of self-discipline, introspection, gratitude, and generosity, Swami Brahmaviharidas highlighted the collective blessings amassed through the attendees’ fasting, rituals, prayers, and ceremonies. He emphasized the importance of love, friendship, and harmony, encapsulated in a poignant moral tale shared with the audience.

The interfaith event facilitated engaging discussions, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the multicultural fabric of the UAE. Cultural performances added vibrancy to the evening, showcasing the rich diversity of traditions and heritage.Emirati minister’s Attendees were treated to sumptuous pure vegetarian cuisine prepared by dedicated BAPS volunteers, further enhancing the sense of camaraderie and hospitality.

Overall, the Ramadan event at the BAPS Hindu Mandir served as a powerful testament to the values of unity, inclusivity, and mutual respect cherished in the UAE. By bringing together individuals from different faiths and backgrounds included Emirati ministers, a rabbi, a vicar, representatives from the Bohra and Sikh communities, the event exemplified the spirit of tolerance, coexistence, and harmony that defines the nation’s ethos.

As the BAPS Hindu Mandir continues to serve as a beacon of cultural exchange and goodwill, events like these pave the way for deeper connections and meaningful collaborations across communities. In a world often divided by differences, the UAE stands as a shining example of unity in diversity with Emirati ministers and all, embracing and celebrating the richness of human experience in all its forms.

The Ramadan event at the BAPS Hindu Mandir not only fostered interfaith dialogue but also exemplified the UAE’s commitment to nurturing a culture of acceptance and understanding. Through shared experiences and cultural exchanges, attendees gained insights into the diverse tapestry of beliefs and traditions that contribute to the nation’s rich heritage.

As guests savored the sumptuous pure vegetarian cuisine prepared with love and devotion by BAPS volunteers, they were reminded of the universal values of compassion, generosity, and hospitality that transcend religious and cultural boundaries. The act of breaking bread together served as a powerful symbol of unity and camaraderie, reinforcing the bonds of friendship and fellowship forged during the event.

At the heart of the event lay a spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect, embodied by the presence of individuals from diverse backgrounds coming together in a spirit of harmony and goodwill. The BAPS Hindu Mandir served as a catalyst for connection, bridging divides and fostering meaningful interactions that transcend differences and build bridges of understanding included Emirati ministers, a rabbi, a vicar, representatives from the Bohra and Sikh communities.

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