‘Jaramkandy’, a name board courts Controversy in Kerala

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The name board was erected on the side of a road near Koduvally in Kozhikode district around four months ago
The name board ‘Jaramkandy’ has created an issue of faith between two Muslim groups in Kerala.
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After developing the road utilizing the fund of Karat Razak, MLA, the public works department erected the board ‘Jaramkandy’ on the side of the road around four months ago.

The board disappeared just before the official inauguration of the road, but it was erected again with the protection of the police.

The Sunnis alleged that the Mujahids are behind the incident because the board has reference to ‘jaram’ or tomb of the martyrs. Salafis are against offering prayers at ‘jaram’ saying that it is un-Islamic amounting to polytheism.

“The Mujahids were against the ‘jaram’, which is the tomb of two martyrs who died some two hundred years ago. People of all faith come here to pray,” said Basheer Omassery, a Sunni worker.

“The place is known as Jaramkandy for almost three generations. The adjacent place is known as Nagakali Kavu and another Ambalakkandy. The people had no objection to the names of these places,” he said.

Basheer believes that some Mujahid groups are behind the disappearance of the name board. “We are told that some people have filed a query under the Right to Information Act to find out the real name of the place,” he said.

It is said that the name board was placed in front of the Muhajid madrasa. Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) Puthoor unit president P P Abdul Ali said the Mujahids never used the name Jaramkandy in their documents. “Instead, we use Thevarparambil or Puthoor,” he said.

The 72-year-old Mujahid leader said there has not been any festival associated with the jaram at least for the past 60 years. “We are told that fireworks used to take place at a vacant place near the jaram, but there is no festival nowadays,” he said. “I live just 300 metres away from the spot, but I came to know about the developments through a photo and news received through WhatsApp,” he said.

A ‘jaram’ at Nadukani in Malappuram district was demolished in September 2017 after several attempts were made to desecrate the place of worship. Police had arrested a person belonging to an extreme Salafi group in connection with the incident.

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