Alappuzha: Here’s a heart-warming story of faith and humanity transcending all religious barriers. This home is the result of love and compassion. A simple abode which is a beautiful reminder of the potential for religious co-existence in a literate State.
When fifty-two-year-old Jameela, a deaf-mute Muslim woman, receives the key of her newly-constructed house from the Kandamangalam temple administration committee on Monday, the moment will be a testimony to the harmony inherent among us, that has been seriously threatened in recent times.
The relationship between Jameela and the temple started at the beginning of 2000 when Jameela, an orphan, was noticed by the temple committee. She was battling poverty, further impeded by her inability to speak and hear. The Kannmangalam temple took Jameela under their wing and ‘adopted’ her.
Mr P.N. Dhananjayan, the secretary of the temple committee says that Monday, the day Jameela gets her own home, is going to be a special day. It will be special for the temple committee as well as the entire Kannaman-galam area, inhabited by Hindus as well as Muslims.
"When we first met her, she had no idea how she could go forward without a helping hand. Since then, she is being looked after by the temple committee. Residing in a tiny home adjacent to the temple, she has dedicated her life to the temple activities despite being a devout Muslim," he says.
With the help of donations from devotees, the temple has constructed a small house with specially crafted designs made by skilled artisans from Cherthala. According to the Secretary, the temple has spent at least Rs 2 lakh on this.
"Despite being deaf-mute, Jameela has now become an epitome of religious integration," he says, adding that she is free to follow whichever religion she wishes.
"We are firm that our service will not become a liability or get in the way of her beliefs, but we are determined to provide her with better living standards," he adds.
"It has been the temple committee's long cherished dream to construct a house for her. That has been accomplished now. The house will officially be dedicated to her on Monday,” he signs off.