Muslim minister KT Jaleel visits Sabarimala temple in Kerala
In a first of its kind in Kerala, LDF Minister K T Jaleel paid a visit to holy Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. This is the first time a Muslim minister has showed such a gesture, which has surprised many in Kerala’s political and social circles.
Jaleel appealed to revive the friendship between Ayyappan and Vavar, his Muslim disciple to strengthen Hindu-Muslim amenity in present-day Kerala, in his Facebook post.
“After climbing the hills, we reached Sannidhanam early Saturday morning at 1.15 am. Spent the night there. Went around the sree kovil and then came before Ayyapan. Nobody is banned here. Reached before Vavar, facing west to the sreekovil, and offered prayers,” Minister wrote in his Facebook post.”
The Facebook post has gone has viral in social media, with many backing the minister’s gesture as bold step taken to strengthen religious amenity.
He also urged the fundamentalists from all religions to visit places like Sabarimala to know the meaning of tolerance and religious cooperation.
Jaleel was accompanied by the Minister Kadakampally Surendran, as part of an inspection for arrangements for this year’s festive season.
Jaleel first became MLA as a Left-backed independent by defeating the Muslim league strong man PK Kunjalikutty.
Since then, he has been a major force in aligning the Malabar Muslims with Left, a strategy that helped the left party to make inroads into the Muslim population in last Assembly Elections.
Currently, he is the minister for Local Self Governance, Minority Affairs, Wakf and Hujj. He has earlier rejected pleas to keep beard for police personnel in state, saying that Islam doesn’t say it as mandatory.
Earlier he made it to the national media when the Central Government rejected his request for diplomatic passport to visit Saudi Arabia to visit the Malayali’s there, after the setback to Saudi economy.