In what was a victory of love over hatred and hypocrisy, a Kerala mosque’s diktat calling for boycott of the family that held an inter-religious marriage, fell on deaf years and has been defied by the locals.
The event happened in Malappuram district,Kerala, where a Muslim council (mahallu) of Kondiparambu issued a special notice to all its members, ordering them to show no sign of cooperation with the family of Kunnummel Yosuf and Najmayusaf Yusaf because their daughter chose to marry a non-Muslim.
According to the notice issued by the secretary of the mahallu in Malayalam:
Since Kunnummal Yusuf has decided to conduct his daughter’s wedding to a non-Muslim, we have decided that people should not cooperate with his family for mosque-related affairs or any other matter.
Yusuf’s daughter Jaseela got married to a Christian named Tiso Tomy on October 20, under the Special Marriage Act. While such instances of religious institutions boycotting families participating in such matrimonial alliances are quite common in Kerala, what seemed like a revolution of sorts was the way the members of the mosque chose to defy the diktat of the mosque and participate in the wedding instead.
Right a day after the wedding, on October 21, the family organized a reception party in Perintalmanna, which was attended by many, including members of the church.
This incident made headlines after Jasleela’s uncle, Rasheed Cherucopall, took to his Facebook account to announce the inter-religios marriage that was conducted with proper consent from both the families.
Rasheed wrote in Malayam in his post:
Yesterday was my cousin’s wedding. She has the right to marry a person of her choice. Jaseela and Tiso Tomy’s wedding is not the first inter-religious marriage here, though it is not common to see such functions conducted with the consent of both the families. I appreciate my sister Najmayusaf Yusaf and brother-in-law for this bold move. Why is Mahallu Committe reacting against this decision? How can they stop the changing tides of time? I just wanted to remind you that the wedding was attended by many Muslim devotees.
In a special interview to The News Minute, Rasheed also said that the decision taken by the Mahallu committee simply reflected the notion of a handful of people regarding inter-caste marriages, and in no way reflects the sentiments of everyone.