With nature unleashing its fury on Kerala, the entire country came together to pull the state out of the clutches of its wrath. With stories of men and women going out of their bounds to help the stranded citizens and animals in ‘God’s own country’, beautiful instances of communal harmony have melted everyone’s hearts.
No signs of communal strife
Juma Masjid, a mosque in Kerala’s Malappuram district has provided shelter and food to several displaced Hindu families. The Masjid has been serving as a relief camp since August 8. Reports have also shown groups of Muslim men helping in cleaning temples affected by the deluge.
As many as 78 people from 17 displaced Hindu families, including women, children and the elderly were given refuge inside the mosque. They were provided food that was being prepared in its canteen. While they left, they were given enough supply of rice, pulses and other essential materials for future use.
“There were 26 families who had sought refuge in the mosque, a majority of them Hindus. Though we opened the relief camp at the mosque on August 8, the activities started in full swing only after August 14, following a series of landslides that rocked the district,” Chaliyar village panchayat chief PT Usman said, reported NDTV.
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Most of the people went back home on Sunday, but some people stayed back to celebrate Eid and then left. In the meantime, two groups of Muslim men helped in the cleanup of temples in Wayanad and Malappuram districts.
The devastating flood left little to celebrate this Onam and Eid, yet the communal amity displayed by the people of the southern state is exemplary.
Purappullikkavu Ratneswari temple in Thrissur district opened its gates to Muslims who wanted to offer namaz on Eid-ul-Adha after their mosque was flooded. A special arrangement was made at the temple hall for the namaz.
A video that is now viral on social media shows a man saying that the temple has ‘wholeheartedly’ decided to help Muslims with their namaz for Eid as most of the mosques were flooded. “It’s a heartwarming gesture as most mosques in Mala are submerged,” the man said in the video.
The Logical Indian take
Even when Kerala has been suffering and people from all across the world have joined hands to help them, various hate-filled campaigns are viral on social media that justified their fate with the number of “beef-eaters” in the state, or because of women’s entry into Sabarimala. With thousands of social media “warriors” trying to bring down the spirit of the victims, Kerala stands united. Over years, we have been made to believe that Hindus and Muslims are like cola and mentos. Thousands of lives have been lost in the name of religion. But who are we really fighting? Why are we really fighting?
Politicians have been using religion as an instrument to ensure that they stay in power, but the reality is different. People have always been together in times of need and they will be in the future. The Logical Indian community urges people to not spread hate. It is okay if you or your friends are not willing to help, but spreading vile messages and engaging other people to do the same is wrong. Look above religion when humanity needs help.