Chennai’s ravaging floods may have killed close to 300 people and affected millions, but the human tragedy has also set an unprecedented example of humanity.
Now, one more such heart-warming story has emerged as a Muslim organisation decided to undertake the responsibility to clean flood-hit temples in the city.
Away from the media glare, around 50 members of Jammat E Islami Hind, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has been quietly cleaning mosques as well as temples in the flood-hit areas of the city.
As reported by Chennai-based national daily, The Hindu, the members belonging to the organisation has meticulously cleaned two temples in Kotturpuram and Saidapet in the last two days.
“We find Hindus are unable to worship at temples in some areas because they have been severely affected owing to floods. So, we cleaned the mosques and temples and the streets badly damaged in the two areas. In the coming week, we will do similar work in other areas of the city,” Peer Mohammed, postgraduate in engineering and a student wing secretary (social service) of Jammat E Islami Hind, said.
“Throughout the process, people there helped us and were very happy that the cleaning was done,” he added.
Jalaludeen, secretary of the group, said they took utmost care while cleaning the temples in both areas.
Elsewhere, twocircles.net reported how mosques in Chennai, nearly 500 in number, have opened their doors and have emerged as critical shelters particularly for poor flood victims, irrespective of their religious beliefs.
“Mosques are not only places to perform prayers. They are cultural centres and some times, as it now happens, shelters for the persons in need,” K M Khader Moideen, former MP and Indian Union Mulsim League (IUML) Tamil Nadu state presidentwas quoted as saying.