When disaster came in the form of a collapsing hill at Kavalapara in Kerala’s Malappuram district last week, it not only levelled a village, but also the boundaries of religion. As the bodies of 59 people, who were buried alive in the landslide, are being retrieved one after the other since last Friday, their post-mortem is being conducted in the building of a nearby mosque.
Masjid Al-Mujahidin mosque at Pothukal has opened its doors to the dead – to Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The mosque committee has handed over its premises used by women to offer namaz for conducting post-mortem of the victims. Tying together writing tables at the madrasa, post-mortem tables have been readied. Since last Friday, the final journey of the victims, irrespective of their religion, has started from the compound of this mosque.…
The post-mortem proceedings also continued on Monday, when Eid was observed. Kareem said no one in the community had objected to the gesture. “In this hour of crisis, we can’t think anything else,” he said. The mosque is managed by Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen.
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