History OF HARMONY BETWEEN HINDUS AND MUSLIMS AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS IN KERALA.File photograph of the Cheraman Juma Masjid showing influences of traditional Hindu architecture on the mosque.
Since ancient times, trade relations between Arabia and the Indian subcontinent were active. Even before Islam had been established in Arabia, Arab traders used to visit the Malabar region, which was a link between the ports of South and South East Asia. With the advent of Islam, the Arab merchants became carriers of the new religion and they propagated it wherever they went.Numerous Indians living in the coastal areas of Kerala were moved by the principles of Islam and converted. King Cheraman Perumal is said to be the first convert to Islam in India.
Legend has it that a group of Muhammad’s companions visited Kodungallur. Cheraman Perumal, then the Chera ruler, had witnessed a miraculous happening — the sudden splitting of the moon, the celebrated miracle of Muhammad — and learned on inquiry that this was a symbol of the coming of a Messenger of God from Arabia. Soon after, Perumal travelled to Mecca, where he embraced Islam, and accepted the name Thajudeen. On his way back to India he died at Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman. On his deathbed he is said to have authorised some of his Arab companions to go back to his kingdom to spread Islam. Accordingly, a group of Arabs led by Malik Bin Deenar and Malik bin Habib arrived in north Kerala, and constructed the Cheraman Juma Masjid at Kodungalloor
The mosque has an ancient oil lamp which always burns and which is believed to be more than a thousand years old. People of all religions bring oil for the lamp as offering. This is one of the few mosques in Kerala which allow entry for people of other religions. In recent years, the mosque has observed vidyarambha, a Hindu initiation ritual marking the beginning of a child's learning.
The mosque is built in the traditional Hindu architectural style employed in construction of Hindu temples. Similar to Hindu tradition, the mosque uses brass oil lamps. The rosewood pulpit, from where the priest recites the Friday Jumu'ah, is covered with carvings akin to those seen in Hindu architecture