Is it any easy for a father to control his tears and on the top of it, spread the message of peace? How difficult it must have been for Maulana Imdadul Rashidi who had to ask everyone to keep hush and have the worst day and the worst night after not even retaliating after his son died.
Sibtulla Rashidi, his son appeared for his Class X board exams this year, was reported missing after communal clashes in Rail Par area of Asansol on Tuesday afternoon. After lodging the FIR, his elder brother was made to sit in the police station after which he was told on late Wednesday night that a body has been recovered. It was then identified on Thursday morning with an impression that he was beaten to death.
Eidgah Maidan accomodated thousands of people after the child was buried. His father appealed for peace by saying, “I want peace. My boy has been taken away. I don’t want any more families to lose their loved ones. I don’t want any more houses to burn. I have already told the gathering that I will leave Asansol if there is any kind of retaliation. I told them that if you love me, you will not raise a finger,” said Rashidi, Imam of Noorani Mosque in Chetladanga Nadi Par.
According to him, being an Imam is a major part of life and been this for 30 years, he believes that he should spread peace and that he should get over his personal loss by himself and not by involving violence.
“The Imam was instrumental in calming the angry youth and cooperated with the administration. We are proud of him. Despite the pain he is suffering following the loss of a son, he appealed for peace,” said Jitendra Tiwari, Mayor of Asansol.
Indeed it is a situation where none can control the tears, and for a father to be so brave after such an incident is something rare to see and believe, however, we hope justice grants itself to the family and no more killing takes place.