Muslim community hosts lunch to Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama at the reception hosted by Muslim community in Ladakh. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin
Dalai Lama at the reception hosted by Muslim community in Ladakh. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Aug 16: Ladakh Muslim Coordination Committee Leh Ladakh hosted a lunch reception in honour of the 14th Dalai Lama at Shah-e-Hamdan, Jasjid Sharif Shey Leh Ladakh. Muslim community in Ladakh had hosted their first ever reception to Dalai Lama in 1980 at Eidgah Leh and since then it has been a practice to host reception to him during his visit to Ladakh.
On the occasion, Rinpoches of different Monastery, LAHDC Leh Chairman Tashi Gyaltsan, Executive Councillors, MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, LBA President Thupstan Chhewang, Political leaders and other religious leaders were present.
Dalai Lama, in his speech, said that he was very familiar with Muslims community meeting them very often even in Lhasa in Tibet. He added that religion is individual matter and different persons following different faiths but inner peace, warm heartedness and compassion everyone must practice. He added that his main duty is how to bring inner peace and keep seven billion human beings happy.
Dalai Lama also informed that he will meet with some great professors and scientist to discuss how to combine ancient Indian philosophers and modern education to bring kindness and inner peace in every individual.
On the occasion, Ladakh Muslim Coordination Committee felicitated visually impaired Dr Sayidah Bano and offered her with Shawl and citation through Dalai Lama. Dr Sayida had completed her Ph D degree in Urdu from Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad recently.
Anjuman-Moin-Islam Leh President Dr Abdul Qayyum and Anjuman Imamiya President Ashraf Ali also spoke on the occasion and said that Dalai Lama’s visit to Ladakh helps in strengthening communal harmony in the region.
Meanwhile, Dalai Lama has reportedly decided to stay in Ladakh till August ending even as official confirmation in this regard was yet to be released.