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KOZHIKODE: An interfaith marriage between a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy from a “communist” family has become the new propaganda material of the Muslim League of Indian Union (IUML) to campaign against the threat facing the Muslim community ‘of atheists and irreligious groups’.
Prabhath married Sahala from Taliparamba in Kannur district under the Special Marriage Act last month. IUML said it was the latest example of the “communist conspiracy” to destroy Islam, which was referred to by party leader KM Shaji in his December 9 speech at the rally for the protection of Islam. Waqf in Kozhikode.
The party’s Acting Secretary General of State Prime Minister Salam cited marriage as an example of how a Muslim loses his religious belief when he enters the Communist fold. Speaking during a program at Padanna in Kasaragod on Monday, Salam said Sahala was not only out of IUML, but out of Islam itself. “This was what Shaji had warned. Sahala came out of Islam. Such a situation should not be happening in our families,” said Salam.
Islamic scholar Bahaudeen Muhammad Nadvi Kooriyad, who is considered close to the leadership of IUML, said the Communists were trying to create an irreligious society by promoting “living together and interfaith marriages.” Reacting to Sahala’s wedding, Kooriyad said that the history of the places where the Communists ruled shows that they attempted to propagate atheism.
Meanwhile, CPM Kannur District Secretary MV Jayarajan said the party had nothing to say as the marriage was a two-person affair. “The IUML can say a lot. It is best to ask the couple about the incident, ”he said. In a video posted to social media, Sahala refuted IUML’s claim that CPM employees kidnapped her. “We got married under the Special Marriage Act after giving one month’s notice,” she said. Sahala alleged that IUML employees seized his parents’ cell phone to prevent him from contacting them. “The ‘controversy’ was stoked by local IUML workers,” she said.
Social activist Sreeja Neyyattinkara said that the IUML stands against an individual’s constitutional right. “Religion or politics have no role in the selection of a partner by an adult individual,” she said. “Constitutional rights should be placed above the sentiment of parents. This is what we said in the Hadiya case and we reiterate this position now, ”Sreeja said.