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Muslim Family Builds Temple For Hindu Goddess

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Could be that the GBC should take lessons from this Muslim family how to open a temple.


Muslim Family Builds Temple For Hindu Goddess

Date Submitted: Fri Jun 20, 2008



KILLAI, TAMIL NADU - Showcasing secular values in this remote village of Tamil Nadu, a devout Muslim couple have built a temple for Hindu goddess Mariamman in the backyard of their house and conduct regular poojas, arousing interest and curiosity in this region, which remains a citadel of communal harmony.


It all started with a dream that M Bashirbi (50) had in her sleep and her husband Mohammed Ali Jinnah (55) without any hesitation gave his full backing for building the small temple 10 years back in the backyard of their thatched house in this town, near Chidambaram, about 150 miles from Chennai.


Bashiribi raised money by selling her jewels and through other means to build the temple.


Since then Bashiribi has been conducting poojas and even holding annual festivals when the utsav idol of the goddess is taken around the town.


The family doesn’t find any contradictions in being Muslims and at the same time tending to a Hindu goddess.

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