A picture of a Muslim boy, dressed in pure white Kurta surrounded by a group of youngsters with Holi colours smeared all over their faces, has gone viral on social media winning million of the hearts.
The while-clad lad has been identified as Muhammed Suhail, a second-year undergraduate Botany student at CPA College of Arts and Science in Malappuram, Kerala. A day before Holi, he was heading for the mosque while on the way, there were other boys playing Holi with colors.
On seeing Suhail passing by for the prayer, the group suddenly stopped, whispering to let them pass. Infact, they protected the boy from the colours.
Out of the three people with cameras there, one clicked the photo of one of the youngsters in white moving through the colour-soaked crowd of youngsters. Doubtless, the photo got shared, and shared again, till it became viral.
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The photo that has now gone viral was clicked by Mohammed Mahsooque, a second-year BBA student. Speaking to TNM, he said, “I have seen the Surf Excel ad but it never occurred to me to take a picture like that. I was handling a DSLR, lent me by a friend. Suddenly, these two students emerged in white and said they wanted to go to the mosque, and so, not to sprinkle colours on them. Everyone stopped the celebrations and let them pass since there was only one way to reach the gate. It’s when one of the two students reached the front of the crowd that I took the picture, which all of us soon made our Whatsapp status.”
The incident reminds us of the recent Holi ad by Surf Excel which showed a little girl protecting a boy headed to the mosque, from the colours of Holi. The ad had instantly got under fire by the right-wing supporters, who somehow connected the gesture of the children to ‘love jihad’ and what not.
Here’s the Surf Excel Holi ad in case you haven’t watched or don’t remember