Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani visited the Indian Hospice, spread over an area of 7000 square meters, in Jerusalem. Located close to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Indian Hospice is set up at the site where Sufi saint Khwaja Fariduddin Ganjshakar, popularly known as Baba Farid, prayed and meditated in the year 1200. For centuries it has remained a resting place for Indian pilgrims who came to Jerusalem to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
The Chief Minister met Mr. Muhammad Munir Ansari, the current custodian of the hospice who belongs to Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Ansari family has been taking care of the hospice since 1924. In 2011, Mr. Ansari was conferred with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the President of India.
In the visitors book at Indian Hospice Mr. Rupani wrote, “It is very fortunate that Indian Hospice is being maintained so well by the Ansari family. I am thankful to them for keeping the spirit of the Indian architecture, heritage and culture alive here. Indians have always been very progressive and proactive throughout the world. I also pay my homage to Baba Farid on this special day in Jerusalem which is a very holy city for billions of people around the world.”
The Chief Minister of Gujarat is currently leading a high level delegation of senior Government of Gujarat officials on a weeklong tour of Israel to discuss areas of mutual cooperation between Gujarat and Israel.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat