Kashmiriyat, inclusivity seen at Christmas celebrations across Valley

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Kashmiriyat, inclusivity seen at Christmas celebrations across Valley

Iqball Ahmed

Anti-state, radicalized persons criticized participation of Muslims in celebrations

For the first time, Christmas was celebrated across Kashmir with religious fervour. Earlier the festival had been celebrated only by the Christian folk in the valley. It is heartening to observe that the brotherhood that Kashmir was visible again as the valley collectively celebrated Christmas.

Churches had been illuminated and decorated with lights of different colours. The lights were presenting the spectrum of Kashmiri culture. The colours were flashing the Kashmiriyat and the brotherhood among the Muslims and Christians of Kashmir.

Christians are a minority community in Kashmir. They felt enthusiastic and energized that our Kashmiri culture, lost for decades, has been reinvigorated in the celebration of Christmas. Many Muslim families took their children to visit the various churches in Srinagar.

Many videos of Xmas celebrations circulated

Children were thrilled when Santa Claus distributed gifts among them. The little children blossomed and bloomed after receiving gifts from Santa Claus. The young and old alike decorated the Xmas trees.

Many people made videos of the Christmas celebrations and circulated these on the social media platforms. The media also showcased the real Kashmiriyat to the world. This positive change is welcome. There have been many among the media who always projected that Kashmir is on fire, and always claimed that Kashmir is an issue to be resolved.

The adversaries of the state also circulated their views. But these people are of a fixed mentality. They are always pitted against peace, harmony. They always want to jeopardize the welfare of the state.

Communal posts on social media

Anti-state people and the radicalized members of our society tried to push the narrative that Christmas celebrations are an activity of non Muslims. They tried to project the festival celebrations by Kashmiri Muslims as anti-Islamic and anti-Muslims. They labeled all those celebrating the festival as Christians and not Muslims.

It was sad to observe that after the festival, the common thread in the speech of the Mullahs was to curse those who had celebrated Christmas with the Christian Brothers. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram remain flooded with derogatory words for all those Muslims who joined the Christmas celebrations.

From the past three decades, Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir has created a gulf among the Muslims and non-Muslims of Kashmir. The terrorists used to warn the Kashmiris not to mix and participate in any religious activity or festival celebrations other than the Muslim festivals.

As the intensity of the warnings and threats has declined, the Muslims can be seen happily mingling with the non Muslims. It is time to send the right message to the world that Kashmiris are an inclusive community. Every Kashmiri Muslim is not a terrorist.

The adversaries of the state always try to become stumbling blocks in the pursuit of peace and harmony. They try to colour each thing with strong religious views. They judge every action and make anything different look like anti Islamic and anti Muslims.

The adversaries of the state always try to become stumbling blocks in the pursuit of peace and harmony. They try to colour each thing with strong religious views They judge every action and make anything different look like anti Islamic and anti Muslims

 

 

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