Malappuram, Kerala, July 14— Sreedharan, 46, currently working in Oman, was just one year old when his mother died. He and his two elder sisters had none to take care of them. Their Muslim neighbour Subaida Thennad and her husband took the three children to their home and brought up on their Hindu faith. Last week when Subaida died and Sreedharan got to know of it he was literally crying like a child in his room in Oman. He wrote an emotional post on Facebook leaving thousands of people weeping and celebrating the human love that cut across religion. and other parochialism.
Subaida’s death on Tuesday (July 9) would have gone unnoticed outside her village if her foster son, Sreedharan, had not put up a Facebook post saying “my Umma (mother) has honoured the summons of Allah. Please pray for her soul,” says a story in The Hindu.
The pious Muslim couple Subaida and Abdul Azeez Haji fostered Sreedharan and his elder sisters Ramani and Leela from the day their mother Chakki died. Sreedharan was hardly one year old then.
“They grew up in Subaida’s house practising Hindu rites along with three of her Muslim children. In the mornings, three of them went to the temple and the other three to the madrasa. In the evenings when three of them sat down to read Quran, the other three with folded hands prayed to their Bhagwan.”
“Our foster parents brought us up like their own children and educated us. They got my sisters married off. Though we were taken in at an impressionable age, they never tried to convert us. For us, she is no foster mother; she is our own mother,” said Sreedharan in his FB post.
News of Subaida’s death shattered him. He sat crying in his room in Oman, holding bottles of perfume he had bought for his beloved mother Subaida. He chose not to rush home as he lacked courage to see her lifeless body. He wept and prayed for her.
“If there is heaven, Subaida is sure to be found there,” said A.P. Ahamed, social worker and orator. “In these days of forced conversions and religious fundamentalism, such paragons of goodness have to be celebrated,” Ahamed was quoted as saying by the daily.