Reported By TOI
The Sankatmochan (lord Hanuman) temple of Patalpuri Math of Daranagar locality echoed with the hymns of the chanting of ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on Wednesday. The ordinary looking practice was special as the recital of the hymns, applauding lord Hanuman, was being done by Muslim women who prayed to the Sankatmochan (the one who removes all threats) for rescuing them from the practice of triple talaq+ .
The prayers are being performed by the activists of Muslim Mahila Foundation in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency even as the issue comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court by the constitutional bench on May 11. A seven-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing from May 11 the petitions against the Islamic divorce practice of triple talaq.
The women activists recited the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ 100 times from the chalisa written in Urdu. “This temple is special (for idol of Hanuman facing south direction) hence we decided to seek the blessings of Hanuman as we have heard that whosoever recites the Chalisa 100 times gets his or her wish fulfilled, which for us is getting rid of the practice of triple talaq,” said Nazneen Ansari, national president of the foundation. We have prayed for getting rid of ill-practices like triple talaq, nikah halala and other atrocities faced by women of the Muslim community, she added.
Muslim devotees at the temple were joined by Indresh Kumar, a leader of RSS of the city, along with Pithadishwar of Patalpuri Math, Baba Balak Das. “We are sure that our deity would help our Muslim sisters whose devotion is not less then any of their Hindu counterpartt,” they said.
Indresh Kumar said, “The time has come when we should all unite against the wrong practices of the society, including the practice of triple talaq, and move ahead as Muslim women from all corners of the country are fighting against this ill-practice.”