People of Kayamkulam cutting across their religious lines reached at Cheravally Muslim Jamaat mosque to see a Hindu wedding on Sunday.
Sarath Sasi, son of Sasidharan and Mini Sasi, Kappil Kizhakku, Kayamkulam married Anju Ashok Kumar on the premises of the mosque and Hindu priest led the rituals. After the wedding, Anju and Sarath entered into the mosque and sought the blessings of chief imam Riyasudeen Faizy.
Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the wedding was “An example of unity from Kerala.” “Congratulations to the newlyweds, families, mosque authorities and people of Cheravally,” the CM said in a tweet.
Nujumudeen Alummoottil, secretary of Cheravally Muslim Jamaat Committee said that Anju is the first woman who entered inside over 100-year-old mosque. “All religions teach to love and care others. So, it led to this wedding,” he said.
It was in October first week, he received an application from Bindu, wife of late Ashok Kumar, Amrithanjalaiyil, South of Cheravally temple, seeking help for conducting the wedding of her daughter Anju Ashokan, 24. “When I shared the application with the committee members , all of them came forward unanimously to arrange all the facilities for the wedding. Bindu is staying in a rented house with her three children. So, we decided to conduct the wedding as per Hindu rituals in the premises of the mosque. The Jamaat Committee arranged mouthwatering feast with two types of payassam for 4000 people. Over 250 seats were arranged for the people to watch the wedding,” he said.
“The Jamaat Committee has also given Anju 10 sovereign gold and Rs 2 lakh as their wedding gift apart from home equipment like TV and fridge. All the wedding expenses were met by the committee,” said, Nujumudeen, who is the district president of Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi.
“I have a jewellery in Kayamkulam. So I knew Anju’s father Ashokan, who was a goldsmith. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 49 on March 14, 2018 after dropping his son Anand Ashokan at Kayamkulam Boys High School for SSLC examination. His son had attended the SSLC examination without knowing the demise of his father. I read that incident through newspapers and I visited Ashokan’s family then. I also extended some help then,” he said. Nujumudeen is the owner of Alummoottil wedding centre, Kayamkulam.
Bindu has three children Anju, Amritha and Anand. Due to financial constraints, Anju and Amritha stopped studying after completing plus two. Now Anand is also pursuing higher secondary education.
Bindu has no words to express her gratitude to Cheravally Muslim Jamaat Committee. She and her husband sold their house and land in ward 21 of Kayamkulam municipality around 17 years ago following financial constraints. Since then they have been living in rented houses in various parts of Kayamkulam. The unexpected demise of her husband was a shock for her and she did not have any idea what to do with her two daughters and one son. “I have joined in a private firm for a salary of Rs 7000 as cleaner and continue our stay in rented houses. The rent of the present house near Cheravally temple is Rs 2500 and every month we are meeting our expenses somehow. So when a good wedding proposal for my daughter came, I did not have any other means to conduct the wedding. So I met Nijumuddhin Alummoottil, secretary of Cheravally Muslim Jamaat Committee, and he promised all the help. I don’t know how to share my gratitude in words,” said Bindu.
Source : Times of India0