As our friend Sam described it, Haji Ali's mosque is a perfect microcosm of Indian society. The religious shrine was crowded and particularly dirty, littered with trash both outside and inside the mosque's walls. And, even though religion and commerce generally don't mix, here in India, the overpowering spirit of business had found its way into the mosque where a full service snack bar selling drinks and quick eats could be found filled with patrons. Perhaps most notable about the scene here was that the mosque attracted Indians from various religious and ethnic backgrounds beyond the Muslim realm and through all of this chaos, everyone seemed to get along.
(Photo by Thushan Amarasiriwardena, caption by Michael D. Kurtz / LongJaunt.com)
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