Kozhikode: Akhila, A 25-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam and took a new name Hadiya, on Saturday stirred a controversy after lambasting two Muslim organisations Jamaat-e-Islami and Tarbiyyath which refused to support her in embracing Islam.
“Both Jamaat-e-Islami and Tarbiyyath refused to help me when I approached them with my desire to embrace Islam. It was only Popular Front of India which stood by my side and helped us fight the case legally in the apex court,” Hadiya said to reporters.
The Supreme Court on Thursday restored Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan, and set aside a May 2017 order of the Kerala High Court that had annulled the union.
Hadiya further criticizing the role of Muslim organisations said, “When I decided to embrace Islam as my religion, I approached a lot of Muslim bodies to help me. Even when my issue became a controversy, these Muslim bodies joined my criticisers”.
“I am really happy now. I am free today,” said Hadiya expressing her happiness over SC verdict. “I have been longing to see the people whom I love to meet. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Popular Front of India for standing by my side when others sidelined me or refused to help me.”
Hadiya’s husband Shafin Jahan said the couple will return to Chennai shortly as Hadiya had to continue her studies.
Hadiya is pursuing her mandatory house surgeon internship at the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College and Research Institute in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district for completing her Bachelor in Homoepathy Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) course.
Referring to the controversy Hadiya’s Husband Shafin Jahan said, “There shouldn’t be more controversy over it, but the fact is that Jamat e Islami didn’t give any help to Hadiya when she needed it much”.
“Now many Muslim organizations have offered their support to us including Jamat e Islami,” Shafin said.
PFI state president Nasaruddeen Elamaram said Hadiya’s case was just one among the many causes which they have taken up. “We will extend our help to them to the last,” he said.
It should be noted that PFI (Kerala state unit) after donation appeal to fight the legal battle in Apex court, their cadres within half an hour after Friday prayer collected over 80 lakhs rupees across the state.