Muslim Baby Born in Temple

The women in the Ganpati temple in Wadala who had gathered there to pray, prepared a make-shift delivery room with saris.

Mumbai: A distressed Muslim woman in labour and her husband delivered their baby at a temple in Mumbai recently, with considerable help from locals. Ilyaz Shaikh, 27, and his 24-year-old wife Noor Jahan were on their way to the Sion Hospital, when Noor Jahan went into labour. According to a media report, the taxi driver asked them to get out when he heard Noor Jahan screaming in pain, as he did not want her to have the baby in his vehicle. “We were so worried. My wife was close to delivering the baby and all we could see was a Ganpati Mandir. As soon as we got down outside the temple, some women, who were sitting in the verandah of the mandir, rushed to help us. We didn’t even have to ask,” Ilyaz, an embroidery worker, said. The women in the Ganpati temple in Wadala who had gathered there to pray early in the morning, prepared a make-shift delivery room with saris and bedsheets borrowed from nearby homes for Noor Jahan, who was in the throes of labour by then. And, after all the suspense, Noor Jahan delivered a healthy baby boy!

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