New Delhi: Incessant rainfall wreaked havoc in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with its capital Chennai being among the worst-hit cities, as large tracts of land became flooded with water. Among the many touching stories that have come to the fore in the midst of devastation is a special attempt made by a group of Muslims in Chennai.
Close to 50 members of Jammat E Islami Hind, an NGO, have been busy with cleaning the mosques as well as temples in the rain-ravaged areas of the city, according to a reported in a national daily, The Hindu.
The report suggests that the group has cleaned two temples, one in Kotturpuram and the other in Saidapet, in a dedicated effort to restore normalcy back in Chennai.
“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, was quoted as saying by The Hindu. He added that, "Throughout the process, people there helped us and were very happy that the cleaning was done."
Another member, Jalaludeen, secretary of the group, said that they took utmost care while cleaning the temples in both the places.
This story is only one of the few poignant stories that have shone like a bright light when Chennai was draped in a pall of gloom. The stories of unity in the face of adversity are exemplary, at a time when the nation is grappling with divisive forces.