On December 12, Muslims across the world observed Eid-e-Milad, a day to celebrate and to mourn the birth and death anniversaries of the Prophet Muhammad, respectively. Devotees observe the day by distributing sweets and other offerings. Stories and tales of the loved prophet’s life are narrated. Processions in remembrance of Prophet Muhammad are taken out on this day.
While this is an Islamic festival, in an extremely touching gesture of brotherhood and friendship, a bunch of Hindus reportedly distributed sweets to those taking part in a procession in Kerala. A popular Facebook page by the name Unofficial: Subramanian Swamy shared the images on social media, which are now going viral.
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According to a report by TwoCicles.net, this incident took place in various parts of Kerala’s Malabar district, like Chandragiri, Uduma, Tirur, Kondotty and Nediyiruppu. The Hindus reportedly distributed drinks and the traditional sweet pudding or payasam. Apparently, some of those serving were Lord Ayappa devotees, who were fasting ahead of their holy pilgrimage to Sabarimala, but were more than happy to participate in the good deed.
Amid much strife and communal/religious disharmony, such stories of friendship really present a ray of hope for a peaceful future. Earlier this year, two Muslim and Hindu men donated kidneys to each others’ wives so as to save their lives, not to forget the several times each of the two communities have come together to help each other out through dire straits.