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    Default Meet Javed Khan, An India-Born Muslim Who Heads The Security At A Hindu Temple In US

    Meet Javed Khan, An India-Born Muslim Who Heads The Security At A Hindu Temple In US

    A Mumbai-born Muslim police officer is the security in-charge of the largest Hindu temple in the US city of Indianapolis, setting an example of interfaith cooperation and social harmony at a time when religious intolerance rhetoric is on the rise due to the election cycle.

    An eight-degree black-belt in Taekwondo and a kick boxing champion, Lt Javed Khan from the local police department is director of security at the Hindu temple in Indianapolis.

    For hundreds of visitors thronging the temple daily, in particularly over the weekend, Khan, who was born in Mumbai and raised in Lonavla, Pune, is now considered a part and parcel of the Hindu temple.
    "My message is this; we are all one. We are all the children of God. There is only one God and then there are different forms and names, we choose to worship."

    "We are Indians. Half my family is Hindu. I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim thing," he said.
    "I am just doing my duty. I am not doing anything special or extraordinary," Khan said.

    Khan settled in Indiana in 2001, a year after he migrated to the United States.
    Khan said it all started a few years ago, when he married his daughter to a Telugu boy at this Hindu temple, after which he started knowing people at the temple.

    Soon, he said, "I felt there is need over there for protection. Then I offered my services. I am director of security for the temple now. While the temple has been in existence for the past several years, its formal opening ceremony - Kumbhabhishekam - was held last year, which was attended by top state leaders."

    "Whenever, I go to temple, I do not even feel I am in America. I feel I am in India," Khan said, sharing his experience. "We have some great people here. People are nice," said Khan. He is at the temple every Sunday and sometimes Friday nights and then as and when required.

    For the temple visitors, many consider him from the Hindu faith. "He (Khan) provides us security on the weekends and at major events," said Ravi Pattar, chairman of temple Board of Trustees.

    "He has been deputed by the police department," Pattar said.

    "This is very refreshing. He takes a very keen interest in providing security to the temple," said Dr Mohan Razdan, an eminent Indian-American who played a key role in the construction of the temple. "Everybody knows him in the temple and respects him," he said.
    "This (a Muslim protecting a temple) is unheard of in this day and time. It sends a strong message," Razdan said.

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    yes religion doesn't maters I am happy to see that a Muslim man goes to temple.

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    Its a job! why make a big deal out of it?

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    cool stuff men keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesiCasanova View Post

    "My message is this; we are all one. We are all the children of God.

    He spoiled the first line of this message with the last.
    So may it be

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