“Friendship is like a violin; the music may stop now and then, but the strings will last forever.”
Friendship is a feeling of love and affection of one person for another. This feeling of love must be reciprocated. Otherwise friendship cannot be possible. I understood this when I experienced it. I was earlier residing in Shalimar Garden, a small town in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The place was nice and beautiful and the people were also very nice. Here I realized what friendship actually means. I had many friends there but the closest to me were two Muslim sisters – Needha and Sheeba. Although we were of totally opposite religions, we were best friends. I think friendship is above all religious differences. We never disrespected or neglected each other’s religion. Instead we used to tell each other about our religions. In the evening time we used to go to the terrace and play.
One amazing feature about Islam which I came to know from them was Namaaz. Namaaz is actually the holy prayer of Muslims. They both had to rush to their home at sharp 7:00pm for Namaaz. Muslims are generally unfair to women and girls as per me. They prefer to keep them at home rather than exposing them to the world. But this family was an exception. They were not at all narrow minded. Both the girls were given equal freedom. Our parents also interacted with each other, though there were religious differences. We lived like one big joint family. We all felt every religion preaches the message of love. Thus, we kept all the religious differences aside and had friendly relationships with each other. We have shared a thousand memories together. We celebrated all festivals together. The festival we enjoyed the most was Diwali. We used to lit up the whole society with diyas (small earthen lamps) and beautify with colourful rangolis (colourful patterns usually made with powdered colours or paints). We also burnt crackers at night and even our parents joined us.
We spent almost 11 years together. Whenever I was low they consoled me. Unfortunately, we had to shift to some other place due to some reason. But before parting we promised to each other that we will surely meet each other frequently. When we shifted, I used to get bored at home without them and feel lonely too. Today also we are in touch via phone and meet each other. At the end of the day I feel that faith is an essential integral part to sustain life and now I believe that friendship is sacrosanct. Friendship is noble. Friendship is divine. A true friend is really a gift of God.