A mosque in Kerala has opened its gates and funds for a Hindu wedding to help a poor family, setting an example at a time when many fear that India's secularism is under threat.
This will be the first Hindu marriage at a mosque in Kerala, reports The Telegraph.
Anju and Sharath Sasi will get married on January 19 at the Cheruvally Muslim Jamaat Mosque in Kayamkulam, Alappuzha district in the country.
The mosque compound will have a shamiana built for the wedding, and host a vegetarian sadya (meal) for 1,000 guests.
"Since there's a tradition of wedding gifts in this area, we will sponsor Rs2 lakh in cash for the groom and gold jewellery for the bride," said Mosque Secretary Nujumuddin Alummoottil.
He said that he did not want publicity.
However, the incident went viral on social media after he shared the template for the invitation card with his family to check the spellings.
Alummoottil said this would be the first Hindu marriage at a mosque in Kerala although most mosques do help the poor and, in principle, do so irrespective of religion.
The matter was presented before the mosque committee and the faithful after prayers on the first Friday of November and all the people who had come to pray agreed that they should help the family, he added.