Advertisement
Monday, Oct 18, 2021
Outlook.com

Malappuram Isn’t Mini Kashmir

Kerala Muslims have largely followed the path of peace—it’s been one century free of violence. Of late, extremism is rearing its head, but the literate state still has the antibodies.

Malappuram Isn’t Mini Kashmir
Illustration by Sajith Kumar
Malappuram Isn’t Mini Kashmir
outlookindia.com
2017-08-26T12:02:41+05:30

In the 1990s, an ‘RSS-leaning coconut tree’ belonging to a Hindu household often damaged the clay roof-tiles of a Muslim shrine in a small Kerala village. The coconuts would fall on the roof of the mosque, causing such damage that the issue soon built up communal tension. Repeated requests to cut the offending tree fell on deaf ears. Finally, both parties decided to take the matter for mediation to the much-revered spiritual leader, Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal (1936-2009), the supremo of the Indian Union Muslim League.

After a patient hearing of both sides, the Thangal took out some money, gave it to the president of the mosque committee and declared, “The masjid has to be demolished. The clay roof-tiles should be replaced with concrete.” Popular belief—call it superstition if you will—is that if the first donation is from the Thangal, his blessings will follow the project until its successful completion. The parties returned to their Malabar village by night. The old lady in the Hindu household was distraught when told of...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Kashmir Civilian Killings: Panicky Migrant Workers Start Leaving Valley

Kashmir Civilian Killings: Panicky Migrant Workers Start Leaving Valley

Some workers shifted to safer localities after militants kill two more labourers from Bihar.

‘Rail Roko’ Hits Railway Operations in Punjab And Haryana

‘Rail Roko’ Hits Railway Operations in Punjab And Haryana

Protest called by SKM demanding removal of Union MoS (home) Ajay Mishra goes on peacefully, commuters affected.

Hardik Pandya Wants To Fill MS Dhoni's Void At T20 World Cup

Hardik Pandya Wants To Fill MS Dhoni's Void At T20 World Cup

Hardik Pandya wants to play the role of a finisher for India at the T20 World Cup as MS Dhoni did so often for India in limited-overs matches.

Punjab Pre-Poll Bonanza: Water Charges Slashed For Rural And Urban Residents

Punjab Pre-Poll Bonanza: Water Charges Slashed For Rural And Urban Residents

According to a spokesperson of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office, this would entail an annual expenditure of Rs 440 crore.

Advertisement