Setting an example, Kerala mosque has opened its gates and coffers for a Hindu wedding. at a time many fear that India’s secular fabric is under threat, the members of Cheravally Muslim Jamaat are all set to make wedding arrangements of a Hindu girl on the premises of a mosque.
Anju and Sharath Sasi will get married on January 19 at the Cheruvally Muslim Jamaat Mosque in Kayamkulam, Alappuzha district. The mosque compound will have a shamiana built for the wedding, and host a vegetarian sadya (meal) for 1,000 guests.
Mosque secretary Nujumuddin Alummoottil said, “Since there’s a tradition of wedding gifts in this area, we will sponsor Rs 2 lakh in cash for the groom and gold jewelry for the bride. I had shared the template for the invitation card with my family to check the spellings. Somehow it got shared online and went viral, attracting the Malayalam media. This would be the first Hindu marriage at a mosque in Keralaalthough most mosques do help out the poor and, in principle, do so irrespective of religion.
Two months ago an application was received from Bindu, wife of late Ashokan, seeking help for conducting the wedding of her daughter. The matter was presented before the mosque committee and the faithful after prayers on the first Friday of November. “I should say all the 10,000 people who had come to pray agreed that we should help the family,” Alummoottil said.
Anju’s mother found a groom within the next two weeks and informed the mosque committee Alummoottil is now toying with the idea of launching “communal amity homes” with blocks of three houses, one each for a poor family from the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities.“I’m sure this (housing) project will get a lot of community support,” he said.