Accepting the requests of Salim Molu, a Khoja (Ismaili) Muslim philanthropist based in Mombasa, Kenya, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj visited the village of Kera, Kutch on Sunday 6 May 2012, where He performed the ground consecration ceremony and laid the foundation stone for a Muslim Community Hall.
The community hall is to be built in the Swaminarayan Nagar area of the village by Salim Molu, who is a representative of Prince Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Khoja community across the world.
The function was attended by hundreds of Hindu and Muslim people, who sat alongside each other, to listen to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s divine blessings.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj talked about the ultimate compassion seen in the merciful Lord Shree Swaminarayan towards people of all statures of society and of all Faiths. Anyone who showed devotion towards the Lord was accepted to be His, and became worthy of the Lord’s mercy. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj said that the Lord teaches everyone to have enmity towards sins and flaws, but not to have enmity towards a person, regardless of how sinful he may be. And to the contrary, Lord Shree Swaminarayan says that one should wish for the benefit of such a soul. By living a life of spirituality and morality, a person will please the Lord and benefit himself as well. The Lord says that by adhering to the commands and will of the Lord, the soul remains contented in this life, and thereafter.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj asked for all the facets of the community to remain in peace, harmony and accord amongst themselves, and amongst each other; but never allow enmity to develop for one another, nor let unrest arise between them.
The community hall will take approximately 12 months to build. The managing committee have stated that the opening ceremony will be attended by the Aga Khan himself. Furthermore, they have requested Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to perform the opening ceremony. This will be another rare, historical event, when the spiritual head of one Faith will inaugurate the community building of another.