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Unity Triumphs: Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid at Uduma Padinjar Recreates the “Kerala Story”

 

Sayyed Jifry Muthukkoya Thangal, President Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulema, (L) opening the renewed Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid

In the midst of all the yells and screams on clashes and divisions across India, a story of togetherness and peace is unfolding in the quiet corners of Kerala’s Kasaragod district. The renewed Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid at Uduma Padinjar in Kasaragod district of Kerala, located along the captivating views of sandy beaches of Kapil and Bekal, stands as a symbol of unity, welcoming people of all beliefs and backgrounds. Nestled along the coastal splendour of northern Kerala, this masjid has not only undergone a remarkable physical transformation but has also rekindled the flame of interfaith harmony, as it flings open its doors to all creeds and beliefs.

Kasaragod Member of Parliament Rajmohan Unnithan (second from L) visiting the renewed Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid

This masjid, a mere stone’s throw from the world-famous Bekal Fort, is a blend of old and new, capturing the essence of tradition while embracing modern touches. The interiors are a mix of classic and contemporary, creating a spiritual atmosphere that resonates through its walls, ceilings, floors, and lights. The ambiance resonates with echoes of the past and visions of the future, reminiscent of the modern mosques found in the Gulf Arabian countries.

The inauguration of this architectural marvel spanned six days, but it was the first day that bore witness to a remarkable gesture of unity. Inviting non-Muslim brothers, particularly Hindus, to partake in the festivities, the masjid shared sweets and refreshments as a symbol of brotherhood.

Presenting a shawl (ponnada) to the main Thantri of Sree Bhagavathi Kshethra Temple, Palakunnu during his visit to the renewed Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid

The crowning moment of this gesture was the honour bestowed upon the main Thantri of the revered Sree Bhagavathi Kshethra at Palakunnu, a prominent Hindu temple in the vicinity. Cloaked in the “Ponnada,” a symbol of honour in South Indian culture, he stood as a living embodiment of the unity that was unfolding.

The six-day long inauguration programmes included various cultural and spiritual programmes and brought together people from different walks of life. It was also an occasion to honour the older generation who laid a strong foundation for the Mahal’s activities in the past. Amidst these celebrations, the recognition of the past added a sense of continuity and reverence to the unfolding story of unity and harmony.

As dawn broke on that momentous day, the masjid’s corridors were filled not only with Muslims but also with people from diverse religious backgrounds. Hindus and individuals from various castes wandered the hallowed halls, taking in the intricate beauty that surrounded them. Their exploration extended to the “Mimber,” the elevated platform from which the Khatheeb addresses the faithful every Friday. This was a space where faith merged with curiosity, where spiritual curiosity transcended religious labels.

However, the story of Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid extends beyond its renovated walls. This place, with a history spanning 250 years, has been a crucible of unity and harmony. Even in the face of communal tensions sweeping across the nation, the residents of the Mahal – consisting of 450 families – stand as a testament to the coexistence of different faiths. The evolution from poverty to prosperity, catalysed by the migration to Gulf countries, has not only transformed their financial status but also fortified their commitment to living in harmony. It is a narrative that challenges the divisive narratives that often take centre stage.

In the grand tapestry of India, where communal strife is wielded as a political tool, the Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid stands as an irrefutable counterpoint. This story of resilience, unity, and interfaith camaraderie presents an authentic Kerala that is often overshadowed by manipulated portrayals. It is a story that emerges from the heart of the people, where different religions converge and coalesce to create a symphony of peace.

In the serene village of Uduma Padinjar, the renovated Muhyudhin Juma-Masjid isn’t just a mosque; it’s a sanctuary of hope, a shrine of unity, and a testament to the power of shared humanity. As its minarets touch the sky, may its message of harmony resonate across the nation, reminding us all that the true spirit of India lies in its tapestry of diversity woven together by threads of understanding and love.

Sadiq Abbas reports a story of peace, interfaith harmony and togetherness unfolding in Kasaragod district of Kerala.
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