The world around us is breaking down following tremors triggered by religious hatred which at times manifests itself in the form of terrorism. Yet there are islands of hope on which stand tall people like Lt Javed Khan.
Khan is an American police officer, a kick boxing champion and an eighth dan in Taekwondo. And Khan is also in charge of the security of the largest Hindu temple, the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.
Lt Javed Khan of the Indianapolis police department. Javed-Khan.com
Born in Mumbai, Khan immigrated to the United States in 2001, the year 9/11 happened in the country. Despite the racist wave that the 9/11 incident triggered across US, Khan continued building a positive image of his community and his origin country in the society.
The respect he gained both on the professional and personal front made Khan a man to look up to.
Javed Khan is an eight-degree black belt in Taekwondo. Javed-Khan.com
Without any hesitation, Khan allowed his daughter to marry the love of her life. The wedding took place at the Hindu temple in Indianapolis, and it was at this wedding that Khan realized that the temple needed some kind of security.
He offered his services and the temple authorities gladly accepted. Since then Khan became a part of the temple itself. Every visitor to the temple now feel safer with Khan as the director of security.
A 2015 photo of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, where Javed is the director of security. AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Charlie Ny
The ceremony was attended by Indiana Governor Mike Pence who is now Republican vice-presidential candidate.
When asked what he felt being a Muslim and keeping a Hindu temple safe, Khan said, “We are Indians. Half my family is Hindu. I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim thing.”
His words are full of truth.
Khan himself loves being at the temple. “Whenever, I go to temple, I do not even feel I am in America. I feel I am in India,” Khan says. ”
Of course, Khan has been very famous in India.
Khan with Mumbai police force personnel. Javed-Khan.com
“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,” Khan told PTI in a phone interview from Indianapolis.
In fact, he finds his duty so normal that he modestly told PTI that what he is doing is neither special nor extraordinary.
Perhaps people around the world and the right- and left-wings in every religion and society need to take classes from Khan.