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Oct 24, 2012 at 10:13pm IST

Mohammad Tazmul from Bihar is defying clerics to worship Goddess Durga

Patna: Mohammad Tazmul is a devoted Muslim. He leads a simple life, beginning his day with the Namaj. But after this, there is a tectonic shift to his existence, especially during the festival season. Tazmul worships Maa Durga and leads a bhajan troupe during the 9 days of Navratra. "When I came here in 2009, I was really shocked to see him making his contribution in every morning prayers,” says Krishnanad Acharya.

Mohammad Tazmul is an active member of the Durga Puja committee of Banbanki in Purnia district of Bihar. From raising money to organising the puja and cultural events, he is always at the helm of affairs. “My father used to do the same since 1962 but after his demise in 2001, I took over the responsibility,” Tazmul says.

Such noble is his gesture that now, even his Hindu friends reciprocate. "Following Tazmul's footsteps, we also take part in Ramzaan,” says Rajesh, a local.

He recites Durga Chalisa with same ease with which he offers Namaj. For him, Durga Puja is no less important than the holy month of Ramjaan. For full 9 days during Navratra, he is on fast without salt. For Mohd Tazmul, Allah or Bhagwan are just 2 names of same almighty and offering Namaj or ding aarti are just 2 different ways of reaching out to the same god.

Though the Muslim clerics oppose his active participation during Durga Puja and Navratri, Tazmul remains defiant. “I have to face opposition from clerics,” Tazmul says.

A Muslim by birth and Hindu by his act, Tazmul uphold the legacy of his forefathers and wishes to pass the same to his children. And those who have had the good fortune of coming across him do say that Tazmul really is God's chosen one.

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