New Delhi/ Kerala, November 1— Showing commendable gesture, a mosque in Kerala’s Malappuram district has donated a portion of its land for construction of a pathway to a temple in the neighborhood.
According to a news story by The News Minute, residents of Muthuvallur Panchayath of Malappuram needed a pathway from the main road to the small temple located on the hilltop near their colony. For decades, they have had to trudge up a small hill to reach their homes and the temple located further ahead. The land around the temple and colony was owned by the Parathakad Juma Masjid.
Recently, the temple committee approached the mosque committee to seek their help. “The committee wholeheartedly agreed to give a portion of their land to construct a broad walkway from the main road, to the colony and to the temple, free of cost,” says the news website.
“When they approached us, we really wanted to help them. The people in the colony required a road connection. But since the land was owned by the mosque, there are some rules that some land cannot be given to others. So we had to check that. Later, we clarified and the land could be handed over. That is how we decided to donate a part of the land,” Shihab, mosque committee secretary told The News Minute.
Shihab further said: People belonging to all religions live here. We respect all of them. Everyone in the locality lives very peacefully and everyone helps each other.
The priest of the temple, Babu Chelloth Unniyathan, has appreciated the gesture of the mosque committee.
“Temple is more than 45 years old. It was a trouble to climb the hill from the main road to reach the colony and the temple. The Mahallu (mosque) committee was very cooperative when we approached them. Two other families, who owned the land nearby, gave about 4 feet of land as well, in order to connect the mosque’s land to the main road. The mosque’s donation was huge, the path is more 100 meters long. We are very grateful to all,” the priest was quoted as saying by the news website.