Hindu mother of man, who was killed over religious conversion, adopts Islam

Faisal had converted to Islam earlier this year while he was in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 4:51 pm
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In October this year, Faisal, a man in Malappuram district of Kerala who had converted to Islam earlier this year, was given a piece of advice by a local Muslim cleric: Seek protection from the community. Faisal, who was earlier known as Anil Kumar, had then told him, “After embracing Islam, I have entrusted everything to Allah (God). If they want to kill me, let them.” On November 19, Faisal was hacked to death by a gang of unidentified men on his way to the local railway station to pick up his parents-in-law. Police sources had then said that Faisal could have been targeted for embracing Islam.

A report in The News Minute said Faisal’s mother Meenakshi (56) has also now converted to Islam taking the name of Jameela. She told the website that her religious conversion was a way of getting even with Faisal’s killers.

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The Indian Express had reported earlier how Faisal, who had converted to Islam earlier this year while he was in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, wanted to convert his mother as well. Faisal belongs to an upper-caste Hindu Nair family. When he came to Kerala in August, he had converted his wife and three children, all below the age of 10. Years ago, his uncle’s family had also taken on the new faith.

“He became a Muslim by choice. No one compelled him. It was his decision. But he was not allowed to live.’’ Faisal’s father Krishnan Nair had then told the Indian Express. Some of their relatives were apparently not happy with the decision to convert to Islam.

In Malappuram, where Muslims constitute 70 per cent of the population, Faisal’s death is the second case of a convert to Islam being killed. In 1998, Ayyappan, a part-time temple priest, had been hacked to death, allegedly by workers of the RSS, after he converted to Islam and took on the name Yasir.

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 4:01 pm
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    Jai Kumar
    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:42 am
    Upanishads state All roads lead to same destinations. Religion is a shop selling their perception of road maps to eternity. Each claiming his road is the only and correct way.
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      Pratap Rao
      Dec 4, 2016 at 3:59 am
      Do we need religions? Is God not enough? Who has God? Not those who practice discrimination in the name of caste. Not those who cause the death of thousands in the name of ISIS or Hindutva. Not those who have converted religion into temples, mosques and churches to make money. God is there or God is in those who care, who are compionate, who are sensitive and who see His image in other persons irrespective of caste, cl and gender. That is the essence of Hinduism and all religions. Look at what BJP has done with Hinduism. They are killing it
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        Sha Nawas
        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:44 am
        Muslims have a clear vision and strong belief about Life after death. Death and its threaten cant deter them even to a slightest possible level. The persons who killed him should realise this and they should also think about their Life after death. Hinduism, Christianity also talks a lot about this phenomena for the simple reason - For every living thing on this planet, death is the only event with 100% sure.lt;br/gt;Man needs to be controlled in all aspects of his life. Even a small child needs to be occasionally threatened from doing mischief. That is why, we have consutions, laws, government, police etc. But man-made laws are with many flaws. That is why constantly amendments are being made to the national consutions. Above all these, the best control for man is his own self control. How to trigger this self control? lt;br/gt;Humans have the unique feature to think and then act. Intelligence of men is a boon as long as it is guided properly. The same can become a problem like HIV, Nuclear Bombs, Terrorism, Climatic Changes etc. This intelligence feature should be governed by some universal laws which is called religion. Religion means Way of Living. Unfortunately, today Man is losing the power to think and act due to the advent of wrong policies and also negligence of His Creator.
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          Tax payer
          Dec 2, 2016 at 11:43 am
          In Kerala, a net revenue deficit state where people are mostly RiCh GULF NRIs or very poor local farmers, drama like this can be foisted for a few thousands of ruppees....
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            ABH NMA
            Dec 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm
            "She told the website that her religious conversion was a way of getting even with Faisal’s killers." lt;br/gt;That's one of the (similat types) reasons that people majorly opt for conversion. Disturbed mind/state.lt;br/gt;Oh Yes, number of Muslims might be increasing (on papers) but not sure if there is true Islamic follower living on earth, because if just having born in Muslim family or opting conversion makes you a true Muslim then what was need to write large number of pages of scriptures (Quran,Hadith),How many are following all the commands/Dos-Don’t? It will be funny to say that I am 60% Muslim, I am X% Muslim but not 100%. Is there no consideration of good work and bad works? Ask yourself.
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              Adil
              Dec 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm
              Islam is the truth and Allah guides whom he wills..
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                kris
                Dec 2, 2016 at 11:13 am
                killing a kafir is exemptedlt;br/gt;a kafir is not innocent as per hadith
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                  Anuj Kapoor
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                  Dear IE Editor .. Sorry but either your English is very poor or your intention is suspect. Your report has changed an allegation to a fact. Just to prove my point and I quote from your report "Police sources had then said that Faisal COULD HAVE BEEN targeted for embracing Islam." but your headline says "who was killed over religious conversion".
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                    Rajesh
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:54 am
                    Very tragic incident. Any human being will feel very sad by this killing. But also not avoid reporting the killings of Hindus by communists in Kerela, who have not converted to either Islam or Chirstian.
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                      Raj
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm
                      A wannabe swine less. Thats all !
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                        Dr Siddiqui
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                        It seems evident that there a real prohibition to the police for NOT taking any action against murderers if we for a moment ignore the conversion issue.Had the deceased broken any consutional law? If yes due action should have been taken if not letting the killers go free sends a disturbing message.
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                          Sreenivasan
                          Dec 3, 2016 at 10:23 am
                          Allah punished this young man for taking his wife, children and himself to a religion which claims they hold Allah in high esteem.
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                            Sreenivasan
                            Dec 3, 2016 at 10:29 am
                            I have a colleague who is a converted Muslim. His parents remain Hindu. This man is now not accepted in his family (because neighbors know him as a converted one). He is not earning much to set up a family of his own. Spends big portion of money on lodging and boarding and almost nothing to spend at the end of the month. To those who work on conversions, I request, please do not do this to anybody. You can convert a person. But then you must protect him, give him a happy life. Here the man is living a life of confusion. He started knowing more about Muslims and like anybody else will know he also came to know about the terrorist activities of some Muslims. I am afraid this fellow might find himself in a Godless people's gang one day. We need no religion today to become close to heaven or God or Allah. Please be kind to yourself and to others. That will take you to Allah/God.
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                              Sreenivasan
                              Dec 3, 2016 at 10:16 am
                              They would kill even Ram if he decides to change his name to Rahim. Nobody else can be right, according to them. Otherwise, how can there be RSS and Muslim extremists. They complement each other, by their killings. None of them fear about God or Allah.
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                                Indian
                                Dec 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm
                                Salute to the rare brave soul. RIP.
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                                  Imran Khan
                                  Dec 12, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                  Well. You can say that about hindus as well. Most of them are born into it. Infact some sects don't even allow others to convert into Hinduism. So i dont knlw what you're talking about.
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                                    Rahul
                                    Dec 3, 2016 at 10:52 am
                                    The violent extremists of any religion or ideology must be dealt with firmly as per already present Consutional provisions, while making sure that liberty and democracy are not made deliberate scapegoats. However reality is that, unfortunately the Hindutva extremism is being given a free reign. As a consequence, more anti-social and unscrupulous elements find it an attractive proposition to join the party and hide their nefarious activities. This is seriously undermining the rule of law.
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                                      Lais Irfan
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm
                                      I saw many people are converting to islam around the world especially in kerala. Itz mainly because while dey are going through the teaching of Islam dey come to knw dat itz nt a religion of violence but a religion of peace mercy and compion. So my request is to trust the Muslimz who believe in the real message of islam.. islam is Quran not ISIS.
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                                        Lalita
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                                        Saudi Arabia pays millions to spread Islamic fundamentalism and convert workers temporarily domicile there. It bans conversions from Islam. Would the Indian Express cover the story of Hindu cadre hacked to death in Kerala? Or the fate of Muslim women marrying Hindu men in Tamil Nadu and then killed by their Muslim male relatives?
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                                          Maitrey Mehta
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                                          If Islam is a great religion why there are fights where most of potion is Muslim by birth? Why they kill each other? Name it Shia and Sunni fight or discrimination of sects like Ahemadia.
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                                            manu
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 11:36 am
                                            a lot is being implied than said, who has stopped police from arresting culprits and unmasking their idealogical and insutional support, after all Kerala is not BJP ruled state. when Hindus are fleeing en me due to minority extremism, our media don't see any problem there.
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