Any day is a good day to celebrate and cherish love. And in that spirit, we bring you this heart-warming story. A Muslim family adopted Rakesh Rastogi when he was 12-years-old. The family that adopted him respected his religion and never changed his name or asked him to convert to Islam.
Mouinuddin and his wife Kausar brought this boy up like their own. Many reports suggest that the daughters in the family would tie a Rakhi on Rakesh’s wrist and celebrate the bond each year.
Therefore it is no surprise that when it came to getting Rakesh married, Kausar looked for a Hindu bride for her son. In fact, some of the bride’s families that Kausar met had a problem with the fact that Rakesh was adopted and stayed with a Muslim family. Some of them voiced their apprehension while others just said no to the match.
“I celebrate Holi, Diwali and all other festivals in the same house. My family has loved me and supported me in everything, including my marriage,” said Rakesh.
He added that he never felt that he was living with a Muslim family. “No one ever prohibited my way of worshipping,” as reported by Deccan Chronicle.
On February 9 Rakesh got married to Soni, by all the Hindu rituals.
The new bride was welcomed into the family by Rakesh’s foster parents, whom he said he would be eternally grateful to.
News like this certainly restores our faith in humanity. In a related story we covered last year, West Bengal’s Kharagpur cancelled Muharram celebrations and instead chose to donate that money to a neighbour who was undergoing treatment for cancer. You can read all about that here.
In yet another remarkable story, we told you about 43-year-old Moin Memon, a Muslim builder in Ahmedabad, who has been working on renovating a dilapidated 500-year-old Hanuman temple that he passes by on his way to work, every day. Read about that here.
So while we read reports of clashes and fights between communities, we need to make a concerted effort to find and publish these stories of community living and unity.