Syed Ali Mujtaba
A Facebook post by Sreedharan that “my Umma
(mother) has honored the summons of Allah, please pray for her soul…if there is
heaven, my Umma will surely find a place there,” has caught many eyeballs. It
appeared it was a cry of a Hindu child for her Muslim mother. There was
definitely curiosity raised through the FB post.
introspection, it turned out to be a tale of human love cutting across religion
and other parochialism that could be an eye opener to those who are forcing the
Muslims to chant Jai Sri Ram and killing them for being an Indian Muslim.
46-year-old Sreedharan’s facebook post is an amazing account of how interfaith
bonds survive in India even in these trouble times when Hindus minds were
rigged in just concluded General Election of 2019.
Muslim couple Subaida Thennad and Abdul Azeez Haji had three children of their
own and they fostered three more, Sreedharan and his two elder sisters Ramani
and Leela. The Muslim couple adopted these Hindu kids when their widow mother,
Chakki passed away due to sudden illness. Having no one to look after these
three Hindu children, Subaida took them under her wings, with Sreedharan being
hardly one, and others being less than five years of age.
Hindu children were raised by Subaida in her house as practicing Hindus along
with her own three practicing Muslim children. In the mornings, when the three
Muslim children went to the madrasa, the three Hindu kids were sent temple to
learn about their religion.
All the six
children lived in the same house under one roof, in the care of the loving
Muslim parents. They all ate together,
played together and slept together and woke up together without an feelings of
religious divide between them.
parents brought us up like their own children and educated us. They got my
sisters married off. Though we were taken in at an impressionable age, they
never tried to convert us to their religion, said Sreedharan, who works in Oman
in the FB post adding, his foster mother to him was like her own mother (Umma).
News of her
mother’s death shattered Sreedharan who cried on his personal loss, holding
bottles of perfume that he had bought for his beloved mother in Oman. He chose
not to rush home in Kerala as he lacked courage to see her dead body. And
instead wept and prayed for the departed soul.
of Subaida Thennad would have gone unnoticed outside her home in Kalikavu
village in Nilambur taluk of Malappuram district in Kerala. It is her foster
son, Sreedharan, who had put up a Facebook post that tickled many funnels
hearing such tale of communal harmony, where recently one Tabrez Ansari was
done to death by a Hindu mob for reasons Ansari being an Indian Muslim.
story of Communal harmony has come from Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj
Assembly constituency in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh. Here in a rare
gesture some Hindus have donated 1.25 bighas of land to Muslims for using it as
their burial ground.
records, the land belonged to the Hindus but some Muslims have buried their
dead since it was by the side of a graveyard. The land had been a bone of
contention between the two communities and there were disputes and tension over
this issue for years between them.
some nine Hindu gentlemen who were shareholders of the land, signed a
registered deed for 1.25 bighas of land in favour of the Qabristan Committee,
Gosainganj on to bury their hatchet once and for all.
Tiwari, the local BJP MLA who took the initiative said; “It’s a gift from the
Hindu community through a proper deed and stamp duty, as the tradition of
Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in Ayodhya has a long history. This is a small token
of love from Hindus to Muslims and I hope this amity will continue,” he added.
days of Hindu religious fundamentalism where some radical Hindus are trying to
lynch Muslim through mob attacks, such tales of goodness must be
highlighted. These are rare instances of
interfaith gestures of communal harmony in the country and reflect how India
society is interwoven from below.
stories will definitely give a tight slap to those relentlessly working
overtime to increase the religious divide between the Hindus and Muslims in the
country. It’s also a lesson or two those who are indulging in the conspiracy of
silence by not opening up their mouths against those perpetrating hate crimes
against Muslims in India.
Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) has rightly said; first they came
for the socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was
not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to
speak for me.
Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai.
Headline: Hindu Son Cries for Muslim Mother –A Tale of Communal Harmony in
Source: The Countercurrent