Islam ranks second among all religion with 1.6 billion adherents (23%) worldwide. However, in Nepal it is considered as a minority religion with around 5-10% of followers. Our ancestors are believed to have come to Nepal prior to 15th century. Since then we are part of this beautiful country. Form unification of Nepal to Rana regime, panchayat tyranny to democracy, we equally participated in different political movements, governance, education, economy and almost every sector and have also been well accoladed for our contribution in Nepalese society.
This Satiswara VDC of Tanahun district is the home of largest number of muslim community housing 750+ inhabitants in hills of Nepal and 450+ households have been migrated from this very village. Tilotama, the queen during 22-24 principalities sent a fort and separated a place to build a Mosque and also a piece of land to offer the fruits of hard work and dedication grown from the same land to Allah. The mosque is now called as Dagajamae masjid. People from all across Nepal come here to worship and make wishes which they believe eventually, turns into reality.
People used to ostracise our religion. I still remember some local school students rejecting the waters that was touched by us. I don’t blame them for their act, it’s not them, it’s the society, which seems to be moulding now. The young generation with education don’t necessarily see us with our ethnic identity. This is change. You know about As-salāmu ʿalaykum it means – “peace be upon you” waʿalaykumu s-salām – “and upon you, peace”, this is how we greet one another.
We were touched by the response and hospitality they offered during our visit to village. During an hour long meet-up, we found profound generosity and humbleness in people. Just like villagers said, society is moulding and us, the young generation whole heartedly say it out loud, “JUST LIKE OTHER RELIGION, WE LOVE ISLAM”.
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