Do not respond to vote bank politics - Kanthapuram Aboobacker
Musliyar urges DK people
Mangaluru, Jul 17: Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker
Musliyar, chief secretary of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama
on Monday July 17 called on the people of Dakshina Kannada to
take a vow to maintain peace and coexistence considering the
recent unpleasant incidents that took place in the district.
Addressing a press meet organized by Karnataka Sunni
coordination committee, he said, "Karnartaka has traditionally
been a home for several places of worship. There are several
mosques, churches and temples which proclaim the message of
peace. People have the duty to follow the teachings of their own
religion. There is no meaning in indulging in violence in the
name of religion. The unpleasant incidents are happening only
because of a handful of people who have no knowledge of religion
and who do not go to the places of worship. Therefore, people
should not lose patience and should maintain peace.
"Some people are trying to spoil peace in this multi-cultural
district. They do that for political gains. Such developments
spoil religious harmony. Therefore, we should not respond to
vote bank politics," he said.
"Most of those who become victims of communal hatred are
innocent people. They suffer for someone else’s faults.
Therefore, we should not be the cause for somebody else’s tears
and distress. We should stay away from such cruel and sinful
"Police should take action against the guilty. But innocents
should not suffer. We should not support speeches inciting
violence. All should help in nabbing the guilty and ensuring
they are punished," he said.
Udupi Qazi Bekal Ibrahim Musliyar speaking on the occasion said
that most of the people among Hindu, Muslims and Christians want
peace. "Therefore all should maintain a life of peace and
brotherhood," he said.
Ulama state chief secretary Zainul Ulama M Abdul Hameed Musliyar
Mani, Sunni coordination committee state president Sharful Ulama
Abbas Musilar Manjanady, Takwa Masjid secretary B M Mumtaz Ali
Krishnapura, SYS state secretary M S M Abdul Rasheed Zaini Kamil
Sakhafi, Ehsan state president N K M Shafi Saadi Bengaluru,
Ismail Sakhafi, S M Hamza Sakhafi and others were present.
exhorted to fight fascism, immorality
conference organised by SSF concludes at Madin Academy
Malappuram: A three-day professional students’ conference
organised by the Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF)
concluded on the Madin Academy campus here on Sunday, making a
clarion call for building a strong cultural defence against
fascist designs and moral decadence.
About 3,000 Muslim students from different campuses across the
country attended the meet called Prof Summit.
The meet warned the student community to be vigilant against
acts of moral turpitude in the name of upholding personal and
“A movement like the Kiss of Love is not the correct answer for
acts of moral policing,” the meet said.
Madin Academy chairman Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari delivered
the keynote address at the valedictory session. SSF State
president P.A. Farook Nayeemi presided over the function.
Islamic scholar V.P.I. Thangal led a spiritual session held on
an offshoot of Salafism, says Kanthapuram
Conference of students organised by SSF
Malappuram: A conference of professional
students organised by the Kerala State Sunni Students Federation
(SSF) witnessed various sessions on issues faced by students
across the country.
Inaugurating the conference titled ‘Prof Summit’ here on
Saturday, All India Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar exhorted students to make
service to society a key agenda of their life. Criticising the
Salafi movement, Mr. Kanthapuram said Islamist terrorism was an
offshoot of Salafi thoughts. “All along, they [Salafis] have
been trying to tarnish the Sunni faith. But today, we have seen
how the world has begun to accept the Sunni ideology by
rejecting the Salafi faith,” he said.
Kerala Muslim Jamat State secretary and Madin Academy chairman
Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari presided over the function.
Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama president E. Sulaiman Musliar
delivered the keynote address.
A discussion on campus life will be held on Sunday morning.
Freethinker K.E.N. Kunhahamed will speak at a seminar on fascism
and Salafism. Islamic scholar from Sri Lanka Ishan Khadiri will
be the chief guest at the valedictory session in the afternoon.
destroy pluralism, says Kanthapuram
Kozhikode: Welcoming the position
taken by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on
Uniform Civil Code, All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama general
secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar has said that the
unity of the Sunni community is the need of the hour.
“We cannot join the so-called
religious reformists who call for reforms even after they
express solidarity with the AIMPLB, ” he said, while
inaugurating the Rights Protection Conference organised by the
Samastha Kerala Sunni Yuvajana Samgham here on Saturday.
He said that “no change in Sharia law can be effected” and the
Muslim community was “not empowered to change any provisions in
The Indian Constitution was unique
due to its pluralism. “National integration and national unity
can be made possible only when we recognise the individuality of
each religion. No one should try to plant dissent and
inferiority complex in the minds of the people,” he said.
“We have not witnessed a conflict between common law and
personal law due to the fact that believers of different faiths
live according to their beliefs,” he said.
He said nobody could deny the
fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. The context of
court intervention in this regard is beyond comprehension.
“Which religion should be the basis of the Uniform Civil Code?
This question has not been properly answered,” he said.
He said fundamental rights
enshrined in the Constitution were of paramount importance. “It
is a not a matter of concern for Muslims only. All people who
believe in Indian secularism and pluralism should come
together,” he added. THE
politics from religion, says Kanthapuram
KOZHIKODE: Religious scholars alone should speak on matters
concerning religion with finality or pass judgements on
religious matters, Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, Sunni
scholar and general secretary of All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul
Ulema, said here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the 'Manava Sangamam' organised by the district
committee of the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) with the theme
"Memories of Muslim Malabar about Zamorins' at the Kozhikode
Beach on Sunday, he said that politicians should desist from
pronouncing judgements on religious matters.
"The religious pronouncements made by those unqualified is
responsible for many of the current problems. Those who are
engaged in politics should stick to their field. They can
cooperate with religious scholars but they should not try to
pass judgements on matters concerning religion," Kanthapuram
He said that the lack of efforts
to properly study and understand Islam was responsible for many
misconceptions about the religion, which was reflected in the
moves to implement a Uniform Civil Code in the country.
Taking a dig at the detractors of the 'AP' Sunni faction headed
by him, Kanthapuram said that some are even turning Shariat
meetings into venues to defame and talk ill about others.
Stating that Islam was a religion of peace and compassion,
Kanthapuram said that wrongdoings by certain individuals should
not be taken as an excuse to put blame on the entire religion.
Earlier he honoured the current Zamorin K C Unni Anujan Raja who
was the chief guest at the function. TIMES
varsity withdraws textbook with extremist Salafi ideology, for a
The textbook “Kithabu
Thouheed” was withdrawn after protests by the Sunni Students
Kerala’s Calicut University
withdrew a textbook from its syllabus on Thursday because it
allegedly contained extremist content promoting Salafism.
The 40-page textbook, “Kithabu Thouheed” was withdrawn from the
syllabus of the Bachelor of Arts in Afzal-Ul-Ulama (Language
Studies) course, after the Sunni Students Federation (SSF)
launched protests three months after the book was re-introduced
in the syllabus.
The book was first withdrawn in 2007 after a month-long protest
by the group. According to the State Secretary of SSF, Muhammad
Ali Kinaloor, the book written by Saudi-based Salafi preacher
Muhammed ibn Salih al Hussaini promotes violence and extremism.
“For instance, one portion in the book says that people who
worship Khabr (a grave at a shrine) and who worship anyone other
than Allah are Khafirs (anti-Muslim), and that war should be
waged against them. The words in the textbook are wrongly
interpreted to indicate that such people should be killed, and
their wealth and wives taken away. The idea of killing somebody
is problematic and cannot be allowed to be propagated in a
democratic country like ours,” Ali Kinaloor said.
He opined that re-introducing a textbook that had already been
withdrawn over protests was a deliberate attempt at propagating
“This time, we informed the Vice-Chancellor about our
disagreement and went on to protest against it. We chose not to
go through any official channel, and say file a complaint with
the university, because re-introducing the textbook had already
toppled the earlier agreement,” Ali Kinaloor said.
Responding to the matter, Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr
Muhammad Basheer said that the book was immediately withdrawn
once the matter was brought to his notice.
“The university cannot itself look into all the syllabus of
every department. It is the Board of Studies that decides what
books are taught. We have given instruction to withdraw this
concerned textbook and replace it with the one that had been
taught till the last academic year,” he said.
Dr Muhammad Basheer said that the reintroduction of a textbook
that had been withdrawn was “a negligent mistake by the Board of
"The decision to include this textbook was taken at a meeting by
the VC and Chairman of Board of Studies last year. This was
before I took charge as the VC in November and I cannot speak
about the circumstances of re-introducing a textbook that was
previously withdrawn," he said.
However, the student federation has decided to go ahead with a
protest on Saturday on the grounds that there are more textbooks
suspected to have similar content.
“One such book is an Arabic language textbook taught in the
post-graduate course titled “Kithabu Thafseer”. We have received
complaints from students with regard to this textbook. We are in
the process of studying it to ascertain the validity of the
complaints,” Ali Kinaloor said. THE
NEWS MINUTE 04/11/2016
university withdraws controversial textbook
KOZHIKODE: The Calicut University has withdrawn a textbook
prescribed for Afzal Ul Ulama (BA degree course) in the backdrop
of the charges that it contained dangerous Salafi ideas that are
a threat to pluralist society.
Vice-chancellor K Mohammed Basheer said that the decision to
withdraw the 'Kithabuthouheed' textbook was taken on the basis
of the recommendation of the chairman of the board of studies (BoS)
of Afzal Ul Ulama.
"The BoS chairman has submitted a letter stating that the
varsity had withdrawn the same book some years ago and there was
no need to prescribe it again now. We have decided to withdraw
the book in the light of the controversy over it," he said.
Board of studies (Afzal Ul Ulama) chairman Abdul Azeez V M said
that instead of the book 'Kithabuthouheed', the BA Afzal Ul
Ulama students will now study the book 'Al Thouheed Wa Shirk'
which had been in the syllabus for the past many years.
Sunni Students Federation (SSF), the feeder organisation of the
Sunni group led by Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, had
declared a march to the university demanding withdrawal of the
book. SSF had alleged that the book has sections which exhorted
to annihilate those who perform 'nerchas' (offerings) at mosques
and pilgrim centres. THE
TIMES OF INDIA 04/11/2016
Sunni leader Kanthapuram A.P.
Aboobacker Musliar has said that Sharia laws were perennial and
In his inaugural address at a Shariat meet organised by the
Kerala Muslim Jamaat here on Thursday, the Musliar said that it
could not be changed through a survey or amendment of laws.
Shariat is the law of the Allah. The entire life of a faithful
is connected to Shariat, he said. THE
textbook with Salafist ideas sought
Sunni Students Federation (SSF) has demanded the withdrawal of a
textbook prescribed for the Afsal ul Ulama course under Calicut
University which allegedly contain Salafi ideas those are
against the beliefs of Sunnis who constitute majority of Muslims
in the state.
The organization will take out a march to the Calicut University
on November 5 to raise this demand.
This was announced at a press conference here on Tuesday , SSF
state president N V Abdurazaq and general secretary M Abdul
Majeed. SSF is the student wing of the Sunni group led by
Kanathapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar.
The book was prescribed by the board of studies constituted
during the time of the UDF government.
"The attempt to create Salafis in the society through public
education system cannot be tolerated, especially at a time when
the Salafism is being criticized world over," they said. The
Salafi-Wahabi ideology , which emerged by rejecting the Islamic
tradition, argues for eliminating those who are against them.
"This ideology is taught to students through the textbook. Any
belief that calls for killing the fellow beings is a danger in a
pluralist society ," they pointed out.
"The `nerchas' being held at mosques and pilgrims are part of
the Islamic tradition in Kerala. By branding these traditions as
anti-Islamic, Salafism is denying the social aspect of Islam,"
the SSF leaders said. THE
TIMES OF INDIA 01/11/2016
SSF to celebrate communal
The Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF), the student
wing of Sunni faction led by Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar,
will hold a meet on communal harmony at Thalappara, near
Tirurangadi, on Sunday.
Assembly Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan will inaugurate the meet
celebrating the famed friendship of Mamburam Thangal and Konthu
Nair. Historian K.K.N. Kurup and Husain Randathani will be among
those who present papers at the meet. Kanthapuram Aboobacker
Musliar will inaugurate the meet on communal harmony in the
afternoon. Minister for Local Administration K.T. Jaleel and V.T.
Balram, MLA, will be the guests. Writers and cultural leaders,
including Alankode Leelakrishnan and K.P. Ramanunni, will
Madin Academy Chairman Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Thangal will
inaugurate the valedictory session. Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul
Ulama general secretary Ponmala Abdul Khader Musliar will
preside. Minister for Ports, Museums, Archaeology and Archives
Ramachandran Kadannappally will be the chief guest.
THE HINDU 08/10/2016
visits Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyai KozhiKode
Interacts with 500
students from Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, September 29, (Scoop News)- Minister for Animal &
Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Er. Abdul Ghani Kohli, who was on
tour to Kerala to attend BJP National Executive Meeting there,
also visited the famed Jamia Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya,
KozhiKode Kerala a renowned institution where thousands of
students from Jammu and Kashmir and other states are being
taught Islamic as well as scientific education.
The Minister interacted with students and took keen interest in
working of the prestigious institute. The institute was
established in 1978 and has been operating various educational
and charitable centres all over the Country.
The Minister was impressed with the curriculum taught at the
institute that has been designed to suffice the needs of Islamic
and scientific education. At present around 500 students from
Jammu and Kashmir are studying at the institution out of total
student strength of 5000. The Minister’s visit gave a moral
boost to students of the state and they were excited to share
their experiences, issues and achievements with him. The
Minister assured the students for extending every possible help
from the state Government to successfully complete their
The Minister also met with the Chairman of the Trust Jenab
Sheikh Abdu Baker Ahmed, other members of the management and
academic staff. He expressed his satisfaction over the academic
quality of the institute. He stressed on the need to admit more
students from Jammu and Kashmir in the institution. The
institute is planning to open a new Dental College in the
premises of the institution so that quality technical and
scientific knowledge could be provided to the students. Scoop
'Fight terror with
'Kerala scholar Kanthapuram says
Indian politicians can learn a lot from UAE leaders
is the most powerful weapon in the fight against terrorism
and also the best medicine against all social ills, feels
Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, religious Muslim leader in India
who is also the first scholar to issue a fatwa against the
terror group Daesh. The All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama
general secretary bats for special rules to facilitate
rehabilitation of NRIs returning home from the Middle East
due to the impact of low oil prices. The scholar from
Kozhikode, also known as Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliar,
says Indian politicians have a lot to learn from the UAE
leaders in terms of treating the poor and needy.He is the
chancellor of the Kozhikode-based Markaz Islamic university,
which holds the biennial Shaikh Zayed International Peace
Conference to promote harmony. Markaz has launched a 'Peace
Tree' campaign to plant 100,000 trees across India in memory
of Shaikh Zayed.The founder-patron of Knowledge City in
Kozhikode says the ambitious project is on track and will
help promote skill-based learning. He feels there is no
intolerance in India and the need of the hour is secular
education. The 'Ustad' with political nous says a third
force emerging to rule Kerala could be a possibility.
Excerpts from an exclusive interview:
Religious extremism is the biggest threat the world faces
today. How can education counter this menace?
Education and employment can help crush terrorism. The
'Education as the Answer' campaign launched by Markaz is
aimed at countering religious extremism. Educated but
jobless youth often fall prey to extremist groups lurking to
recruit members. Even in India, such isolated incidents
happen due to lack of education and jobs.Education is the
foundation to become a better person. The first word in the
Holy Quran is 'Iqra', which means 'read'. The first path
shown by the Holy Quran is to read, write and attain
knowledge. The technological advances we see now were once
unknown to the mankind but he learned and then created and
discovered things to make life better.
What are the steps taken to promote and develop education
as a weapon against extremism?
We understand that social responsibility is an important
factor, so all our institutions - Samastha Kerala Sunni
Jamiyyathul Ula-ma, Sunni Youth Society, Sunni Students
Federation and Kerala Muslim Jamaath - focus on promoting
education. In this con-text, Jamia Markazu Ssaqafathi
Ssunniyya, which was started in 1978, is significant. It's a
university that blends modernity with morality. We have set
up schools in almost all states and have more than 200,000
students. We offer them secular education. Those who
assassinated our prime minister in 1984 and those behind the
2001 parliament attack were educated but were never taught
about their civic obligations. In our institutions, we have
changed the prevalent socio-educational model and have won a
lot of global acceptance.
What is happening to the Markaz Knowledge City project?
What is the progress in this venture?
Due to some unnecessary legal tangle, the project was struck
for a year but it is now progressing well. The main campus,
Unani Medical College, Cultural Centre and Law College, are
almost complete. The main purpose is to churn out more
students with skills to match international standards. With
our Cultural Centre, we aim to find ways to generate revenue
within our institution. We also want to promote the IT sec-tor
in a big way.
What is the status of the proposed Shahre Mubarak Grand
Yes, the plan is still under process. It will be in
Do you think India is becoming increasingly intolerant,
especially after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power?
I don't think so. It's just one section of society who
thinks that way. Compared to other nations, India is a much
more peaceful place. When a new party comes to pow-er,
others will naturally point fingers; such things are common.
Overall we are a peaceful nation.
Last year you led a delegation of scholars to meet Prime
Minister Narendra Modi. Have any of your suggestions been
We were not asking the Modi government for any policy
changes. We just wanted them not to alter history. India
should remain India. If anyone reads about the nation, say
after 100 years, he shouldn't find a new India. We were
assured nothing would be changed. We also wanted an end to
communalism and more focus on education.
The right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and members of
the Sangh Parivar are trying to saffronise history books.
What is Jamaath's action plan against such a move?
We will look into it. If this is true, then we will take
legal steps against any such moves. We questioned when there
was a proposal to honour (Mahatma) Gandhi's killer.
The Sangh Parivar is once again raking up the Ram Temple
issue. How do you react to their call?
Such moves should be checked but that is not our job. It is
for the government to act.
How do you rate the two years of the Modi government? He
has made a number of state visits to the Gulf. Do you think
they will bear fruit?
Having sound ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE are always
good. The UAE Rulers are peace-loving and maintain cordial
relations with all nations. But India should see to it that
these ties don't turn sour. We have to wait and see how
these tours pan out.
What are your expectations from the Left government in
They should concentrate more on creating jobs for poor and
educational opportunities. It's only the corporate world
that usually gets attention but if this government strives
to be different and help the poor, then the Left Democratic
Front government will be a success. Otherwise they will not
last. Malayalis are intelligent and they will not tolerate
When it comes to politics and governance, people in
Kerala have limited options - it's either the LDF or the UDF.
Does this make political parties complacent?
A third option cannot be ruled out. Yes, it can emerge. It
With the oil slide impacting Gulf economies, an expat
exodus is happening from some countries. There is still no
clarity on a rehabilitation plan for the returning NRIs.
What step has Jamaath taken in this regard?
We have given a memorandum to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi
Vijayan to look into the concerns of the Pravasis. Earlier
there was a Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at the
Centre. With that no more there, we have sought a special
parliament rule to address the concerns of the NRIs.When we
say Pravasi, we mean the marginalised people who are
struggling in the Gulf. Such people should be given a
What can Indian politicians learn from the UAE rulers?
There is a lot to learn. The rulers here don't differentiate
between a cook and a top official. They have so much love
for the downtrodden. Now, the UAE government has started the
Iqra Read Project for needy students. The founder of the UAE,
the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, did two
important things - he gave education to all and then created
an environment for citizens to live and work, without
depending on other nations. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, along with Shaikh Zayed's children - His
Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness
Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan - are following the same
path. The UAE rulers shower love and acceptance on
expatriates. Here people of all religions are treated
equally.Such an atmosphere should be one of our prime goals.
The Indian government should strive to create such a social
order. I also appreciate the UAE government's recent
decision to free 69 Indian prisoners.
You have often been misquoted on women's rights. What is
your stand on women empowerment?
Women's empowerment is something which we have mentioned in
our memorandum (to Pinarayi Vijayan). Islam gives a lot of
importance to women. According to Islam, a husband has to
provide food, clothing, medicine and house and fulfil other
needs of his wife. Men have the responsibility to take care
of women. However, women's empowerment and women's liberty
don't mean they can do what they want and go out any time
they want to with anyone. It is unacceptable. The husband
builds a house for the wife, not the other way around.
What are your views on gender equality? Everyone talks
about gender equality but during the Kerala Assembly
elections how many women have won or even contested?
We are not against gender equality but against
commodification of women.
Does anyone fight for more seats for women?
Women should be brought to the forefront of society but not
be treated like a commodity.
Love marriage and divorce rates are booming like never
before and live-in relationship is becoming a trend even in
Kerala.Is this a good sign?
No, we can't say that (it's a trend). There may be a handful
of cases amid millions. Khaleej Times-UAE
Sufi scholars hold ‘fruitful’ talks with PM
New Delhi: A meeting of two prominent Kerala
Muslim scholars with Narendra Modi in New Delhi has triggered
speculation about the prime minister’s attempts to reach out to
the minorities in Kerala.
Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar and Syed Ibrahim Khaleel al-Bukhari,
leaders of prominent All India Jamiyyathul Ulema, met Modi in
New Delhi along with a group of scholars following the Sufi
The group runs hundreds of seminaries and modern schools across
the southern state.
The meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office assumes significance
since his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started an aggressive
campaign ahead of civic polls less than three months away.
Muslims constitute 26.56% of Kerala’s 34mn population.
The leaders later described the Thursday evening meeting as
“very detailed and fruitful”.
“We also discussed of the ways in which we can propagate the
values and principles of Sufi inspired moderate Islam,” Musliyar
said in a statement. “Hope he and his government will look into
the details of this discussion seriously and will translate it
into action soon.”
Though the Hindu nationalists are yet to open an account in
Kerala Assembly or control any of the 1,000-odd local
governments, they have been making a steady increase in both
vote share and rank and file.
The party established a comfortable lead in at least four
assembly segments in the last year’s parliamentary elections,
and it was maintaining the momentum in mood surveys, mostly at
the expense of the opposition Communists.
The group, which used to show an affinity towards communists,
has recently been drifting towards the Congress party in the
state. Last week, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited Musliyar
in his headquarters and closeted with him for a few minutes.
“The prime minister explained to us various projects and
programmes his government initiated aiming at the betterment of
this marginalised community, particularly the youth among them.
We detailed to him ... their contributions to its civilisational
growth and the necessity to take this community and their
concerns seriously,” he said.
“Had an extremely enriching interaction,” Modi later tweeted.
“The delegation gave valuable inputs to promoting Sufi culture
across India, including promoting Sufi music and literature”.
He said the delegation “rightly pointed out” that Islam didn’t
preach hatred or extremism. The need of the hour, he said, was
to marginalise forces promoting militancy.
“I talked about how (the) Muslim community must take maximum
advantage of skill development initiatives of the government.
This will benefit Muslim youth,” another tweet said. “Sufism is
an integral part of India’s ethos and has greatly contributed to
creation of a pluralistic, multicultural society in India”.
“I thank the delegation of Sufi scholars for appreciating
government’s efforts to work towards India’s development
irrespective of caste or religion”.
He said the ideology propounded by Sufi saints was an integral
part of Indian ethos and had contributed significantly to the
creation of a pluralistic, multicultural society in India.
He said forces of extremism were attempting to weaken the Sufi
“It is essential for Sufi saints and scholars to counter these
forces through various avenues including on social media so that
the ideology of extremism does not take root in India,” he said.
“The tradition of Sufism has kept evil at bay, wherever it has
continued to flourish”.
He exhorted the Muslim community to take maximum advantage of
the skill development schemes and programmes being initiated by
his government. He assured the delegation to look into the
issues of Waqf property. The delegation suggested the creation
of a “Sufi circuit” to promote tourism and steps for the
rejuvenation of Sufi shrines and sites in India.
The delegation members included Hazrat Syed Mohamed Ashraf
Kichhowchhwi, president and founder of the All India Ulama and
Mashaikh Board, Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin Ashraf, chairman,
Makhdoom Ashraf Mission, Kolkata, Hazrat Syed Ahmed Nizami,
Sajjada Nashin, Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, New Delhi,
Hazrat Syed Mehndi Chishty, functionary of the Dargah-e-Khwaja
Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer, and Nesar Ahmed, educationist.
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All India Sunni Jameyatul Ulema criticized Pam Rajput Comm
Kozhikode: The move by the Centre to
take for consideration the recommendation of the Pam Rajput
Committee has drawn criticism from the All India Sunni Jameyatul
Ulema, which has termed it as “anti-constitutional”.
The Pam Rajput committee,
constituted by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare to
assess the living condition of the women and children in the
country and extend recommendation to improve their living
status, had submitted its report in 2014. But it was on July 21
that the recommendations were taken up for consideration by the
government following a workshop at New Delhi.
The Pam Rajput Committee –
officially the High Level Committee on Status of Women – had
presented its first copy of the Preliminary Report to Krishna
Tirath, the then Minister for Women and Child Development in
February 2014. The Committee had identified ‘Violence Against
Women’, ‘Declining Sex Ratio’ and ‘Economic Disempowerment of
Women’ as three key burning issues which require immediate
attention of the nation and action by the government.
After the July 21 workshop at Delhi,
Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary of the
All India Sunni Jameyatul Ulema, in a statement on July 23,
noted that some of the recommendations made by the committee in
the long report contradicted to the basic tenants of Indian
constitution and other existing law and orders of the country.
“The report, through its several
recommendations, attempts to subvert the constitutional validity
to personal laws. “The spirit behind giving constitutional
validity to the personal law is meant to protect the cultural
distinctiveness of minority communities. The minorities are
apprehensive as the committee attempts to sabotage the personal
law,” the report said.
“The attempt by the committee to
reform the marriage laws, followed by the Muslims in the country
is the mere denial of the constitutional rights to the Muslim
community in the country. This will help people to raise
question against the personal law, ensured by the constitution,
in courts and constitutional bodies,” the statement pointed out.
Adding further, the statement
alleged that it was an attempt to divert the policy maker’s
attention from basic issues, being faced by the country.
However, the statement welcomed the
recommendations by the committee to withdraw AFSPA saying the
controversial law is leading to rampant human rights violations
against women in Kashmir and North East.
committee’s suggestions such as to build necessary sanitation
facilities for girls in primary schools expose the fact that we
have not been able to address even the very basic issues
concerning lives of women and children . It’s a shame on all of
us to note that half of country’s population has been living
such a miserable life even after six decades of independence,”
the statement said.
All India Sunni
Jamiyyathul Ulama opposes Centre's move to categorise OBCs in
Kozhikode: The All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama has come down
heavily against the move to categorise the Other Backward
Communities (OBC) into three groups.
Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar, the organisation’s general
secretary in a statement here on Tuesday alleged that the move
was initiated in a bid to take away the present reservation of
27 %, ensured for OBCs as per the recommendations of the Mandal
Kanthapuram alleged that the move was aimed at denying the due
rights for the backward countries in the country. “The National
Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) seeks the government to
replace the present mode of reservation with the reservation
proportionate to the backwardness. The report, recently
submitted to the government, recommends to categorise the OBCs
on the basis of social backwardness as well as the economic
backwardness. This will lead to lose the present rights accorded
to various communities,” his statement said.
“Instead of categorising OBCs to various sub groups, the
government should ensure reservation, accorded by the
Constitution to all sects belong to OBC,” the statement
It further added that presently several sects are denied the
privileges of reservation owing to the categorisation of creamy
layer and non-creamy layer. The statement also exhorted the OBCs
to be up in arms against the move and come forward to oppose the
urge to get united and sophisticated to work for overall
By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
New Delhi: All India Muslim Scholars Association (Kul Hind
Jamiat Ulama Ahlus Sunnat wal Jama’at) organized an event titled
“Ulama-e-Hind ka Mushawarati Ijlas” (All India Muslim Scholars’
Meet) at Delhi’s India Islamic Cultural Centre. This Muslim
intelligentsia’s meet drew considerable number of Muslim
scholars, Ulema and intellectuals from across the nation, mostly
from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and the capital itself. They
brainstormed the ways to get united, sophisticated and
integrated to work for the all-round development of the Indian
Muslim polity. Paramount importance was attached to the
educational and intellectual awakening of the Muslim students,
particularly Madrasa graduates. Both the ulema and scholars
deliberated on community issues of national and international
importance as well as the steps being taken to ameliorate the
situations of the Indian Muslims.
The Jamiat Ulama Ahle Sunnat wa Jama’at is an
apex forum of Sunni-Sufi Muslim organisations and institutions
of national eminence, primarily concerned with education, social
revivalism and human resources development of the Indian
Muslims. It was established at a representative meeting of the
leading Sunni ulema and intellectuals, most prominently Shaikh
Abu Bakr Ahmad founder and chancellor of Markaz Saquafa Sunniyya
(Sunni Cultural Centre), Kozhikode (Kerala), Professor Syed
Muhammad Ameen Mian Quadri, the custodian (Sajjada Nasheen) of
the Khaanqaah-e-Marehra Sharif (a renowned Sufi Shrine in UP)
and Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari, the Grand Mufti (Islamic
jurist) of Ahle Sunnah and patron of the Khanqah Rizvia,
Noted South Indian Islamic scholar, educationist and social
activist popularly known as Abul Aytam (father of orphans) in
the Muslim world, Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad is the General Secretary
of the All India Muslim Scholars Association at present. He
stated the chief objectives of the Scholars’ Meet and called for
the implementation of the proposals he put forward before the
audience. He said that the All India Muslim Scholars Association
(AIMSA) is functioning well in the South Indian Muslim community
with an aim to address the new challenges and meet the
responsibilities placed upon them. “But given the sorry state of
affairs Muslims have created for themselves in other parts of
the country, Shaikh continued, we have resolved that the
Association will have its units in a number of states,
particularly UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and
Lamenting the sorry state of affairs Indian Muslims are
constantly plagued with, Shaikh Abu Bakr said that Muslims
should just give up blaming the governments and take it upon
themselves to devise effective strategies for a decent life and
bright future. He said that government should always be accorded
its due respect, be it BJP or any other party. “We should not
have problem in turning to the BJP government for our issues to
be resolved and grievances to be redressed. The Ulema and
dignitaries of the Muslim community should meet the Prime
Minister of our country with an open mind to put up their
concerns, without wondering whether which party is in power”, he
suggested. He further said that “since Mr. Narendra Modi is the
current Prime Minister of India, we must feel impelled to honour
his prestigious designation”.
Shaikh Abu Bakr also touched upon the crucial issues of madrasa,
particularly their curriculums and texts which are being
supposed by many to be the breeding grounds for the religious
extremists in Pakistan. He said that it’s about time Ulema come
all out to explain the things to the government, if they really
want to eradicate misconceptions and propagandas about their
madrasas. “We are obliged to show our madrasa curriculums and
text books to the concerned people of the government. It’s our
duty to come clean and explain the things to our authorities”,
he said. Recalling his own personal experience in this regard,
he enumerated his meetings with the Ex-Prime Minister of India,
Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mr. Narendra Modi, while he was the
chief minister of Gujarat. “When the controversy arose about the
madrasa curriculums, as they were branded with terror ideology,
I personally met Mr. Vajpayee and showed him the text contents
of my madrasas, particularly the complete series of the text
books “Durus-e-Islam” (lessons on Islam), which are taught in
all madrasas affiliated with our central Islamic seminary in
Kerala, Markaz Saqafa Sunniya.” He continued: “Mr. Vajpayee not
only endorsed these text books but also expressed his
gratification about the contents of peace, social integrity,
universal brotherhood and religious harmony embedded in our
madrasa curriculum.” “Much in the same way, our Prime Minister,
Mr. Modi was also very happy and satisfied with the text books
of our madrasas. Until we make things clear to the governments,
we may not demand complete satisfaction from them”, he averred.
Dwelling on the combination of modern and religious education,
Shaikh Abu Bakr pointed out that “In the absence of a combined
modern and Islamic moral education, our younger generations end
up in the grip of either faithless atheists or immoral mazonists
and thus they easily fall prey to moral evils. It is pathetic to
see our youths go wayward, far from the righteous path of life”.
The director of Markaz Saqafa Sunniya, the central Sunni Islamic
seminary based in South India, Dr. A. P. Abdul Hakeem Azhari
stressed the need for higher education for the Muslim masses. He
said that “socio-cultural and educational empowerment is central
to achieve long term objectives and therefore we have launched a
huge education project for the Muslim masses across the nation”.
“We have successfully established several hundreds of primary to
secondary level educational institutes under the banner of
Islamic Board of Education, India (based in Darya Ganj, Delhi)
and mosques-cum-education centres in various North Indian states
particularly Assam and other North-Eastern regions.”
Detailing the achievements of the Islamic Educational Board of
India, Dr. Azhari said: “We already have 22 thousand students in
our Jamia Markaz (Islamic seminary), 4 hundred primary and
higher secondary schools spreading across 16 districts of the
Kerala state and 7 thousand madrasas with 3 lack students from
across the nation. In other parts of the country, we have
thousands of thousand madrasas, mosques-cum-education centres,
orphanages and destitute homes.” “Islamic Educational Board of
India, Jamia Markaz Saqafa, Relief and Charitable Foundation of
India, North East Sunni Welfare Council, and Sunni Yuvajana
Sangham will play a key role in materializing this huge
educatinal project”, he said.
The director of Islamic Educational Board of India, Maulana
Shahul Hameed said that “right to education is a constitutional
prerogative for the Muslims, so they should excel in education.”
He spoke about the objectives of the Board at length, which
mainly aims at the following: spreading awareness of Islamic
culture and heritage among the younger generations, inculcating
in them the real vision of Islamic faith as laid down by the
precepts of Sunni-Sufi Islamic scholars, imbibing the spirit of
harmony and tolerance, making them peace-loving citizens
adhering to the guidelines of the constitution, enabling them to
peacefully coexist with the mixed Indian society, awakening them
about the ephemeral nature of the world keeping them away from
the undue influence of materialism. Mr. Shahul Hameed concluded
that “by the grace of Almighty Allah, we can achieve our
aspiration of the educational revival through which we can
reinstate the golden era of Islamic education and culture.
In his remarks, Vice Imam of Shahi Masjid Fatah Puri, Maulana
Muazzam Ali said that the scholars’ meet is an opportune time to
reflect upon the causes of decline and disunity of the Muslim
ummah, which he said is a result of decentralisation and
degradation of the ulema.
The president of Ittehad-e-Millat Council, Maulana Tauqeer Raza
Khan said that Muslims themselves are responsible enough for the
chaos and deterioration in their community. He called for
introspection about the causes of their decline and devastation
with an open mind. “Muslims today are plagued with all evils and
vices, as heinous as violation of others’ rights, wrongful
exploitation of people and usurping their properties.” He said
that Ulema and madrasas will be held accountable for the social
decline of the Muslim community, if they do not serve the
purposes they are meant for.
At the end of the Scholars’ Meet, Maulana Hamdi Raza Barkati,
syllabus director of the Islamic Board of Education, presented
the resolutions which all the participants approved of. In the
resolutions, they strongly expressed concerns over rising
communalism in the country and denounced it as a handiwork of
the extremists, who violate the country’s constitution and laws
to further their nefarious ends. They also made resolutions to
exert concerted scholarly efforts to preserve the democratic and
secular edifice of the Indian polity. The resolution also
appealed to all Indian citizens, particularly the mainstream
peace-loving Muslims, to champion the noble cause of communal
harmony and social affinity, establishing peace and fostering
brotherhood with an aim to fail the evil designs of the
extremists and hate-mongers.
The Scholars’ Meet was followed by an international Milad
Conference, in which the ambassadors of Turkey, South Africa and
UAE participated as chief guests. Several foreign Islamic
scholars were also present.
In this public conference, General Secretary of All India Ulama
& Mashaikh Board, Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf spoke on the
reasons why Islam has been conflated in media with extremism. He
said: “We have to keep the Muslim youths away from the
politically motivated ‘Islamists’ and recognize the real
culprits who cause greater defamation of Islam and the Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh). He said “that Muslims should not worry about
the cartoons and drawings, because the Prophet (pbuh) cannot be
depicted for real”. They should empower themselves to resist the
biased propaganda of the Islamophobes and to refute the
fabricated notion of the so-called “Islamism”. Syed Ashraf
exhorted the audience to recognize and appreciate the
contribution of Sufis to the cultivation of Indian sciences,
culture and its glorious past. He also stressed the need for the
preservation of historic legacy and Islamic relics.
Among those who participated in the Scholars’ Meet were Mr.
Abdul Ali Azizi, Ex-member of National Comission for Backward
Classes, Maulana Maqbul Ahmad Misbahi, founder of Jamia Khwaja
Qutbuddin, Maulana Ghulam Abdul Qadir Habibi, Mr. Rais Idreesi,
chairman of National Idrisia Foundation, Hafiz Muhmmad Hasan,
Maulana Yusuf Misbahi, Maulana Shaukat Barkati and Mr. Mushahid
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a Delhi-based
classical Islamic research scholar and English-Arabic-Urdu
writer. He can be contacted
Religious Conversion; Not quantity, but quality of believers
Karanthur: Forced conversion melas are part of planned attempts
to stir popular perceptions against religious conversions, says
Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed (Kanthapuram A P AboobackerMusliyar),
General Secretary, All India Sunni Jam-e-YyathulUlema, while
delivering his key note address at the International Islamic
Meet, organised in connection with JamiaMarkaz Anniversary
It is strange that those who have been demanding the
anti-conversion laws are now organizing forced conversion melas.
Ultimately, they are aiming the prohibition of all conversions
by law. The government must seriouslyconsider these attempts
that challenge the fundamental values of constitution.
Islam by no means require conversion by force. It’s not
acceptable in Islam to convert one’s opinion or one’s religion
by force or temptations. Thos who convert to Islam thus would
not be regarded as Muslims, as per the teachings of Islam.
Instead of increasing the quantity of the believers, the leaders
of all faith should strive to increase the quality of their
belief. The nation will only benefit from those believers who
practice the eternal virtues of their religion and are committed
to their nation through their faith. What transpires today is
that spiritual and religious leaders are replaced by political
leaders in order to create a mess that facilitates various
political manipulations of the mob. The recent conversion melas
have to be read in this context.
On rewriting History
History is the source for all moral inspiration that humanity
has kept abreast. To weaken history is to weaken the future of
humanity. History should be used to enrich the future, not just
for pedigree. Those who use history in order to divide humanity
are taking the humanity centuries backward. These retrogressive
attempts will only hamper the inclusive and comprehensive
development of the nation.
On Extremism, terrorism
What we witnessed in Peshaverthe other day is the shameless use
of a noble religion for a dastardly criminal act. Violence like
this has become naturalized today. These savage forces are those
who crave for power. Religion in their hands has become a toy.
They exploit the differences between religions towards their
selfish ends. They are cowards who cannot even spare the most
vulnerable population of innocent children from their brutal
violence. They mistook that extremist militancy is jihad. The
most valuable jihad in Islam is to strive for moral cultivation
of one’s self. For Islam, to transgress the lifer and property
of the fellow being is a condemnable act. Terroristappear quite
far from the basic Islamic teachings such as this. Do not forget
that Islam has been presented by God for the peace, happiness
and security of the entire humanity. No Muslim by any means are
entitled to declare unjust war on humanity.
On racist violence against Muslims
Today, increasingly around the world, Muslim minorities are
brutally targeted in a vicious circle of violence. Mymanmar,
Srilanka and East Africa are the quite recent examples. It’s
extremely saddening that the world public opinion silent on the
atrocities committed against the poor Muslims. Rather, what we
continue to witness is the demonization of Islam and Muslims.
International Peace Agencies such as UN should strive towards
building a consensus against the atrocities against humanity
including the Mulsims minorities. Why don’t the
differentagencies preventively act before the conflicts arise?
If they claim they responsibly represent the people’s
aspirations, they have to act more intelligently. India as a
country, which always shows its concern on the status of
minority’s life in neighbouring countries, can play a critical
role in solving the Muslim question in Srilanka and Myanmar.
Muslim education: Markaz Model
Educational activities among Muslims have to be structured in a
way that would equip them to face the complexities of the
current of contemporary history. Introspections and reflections
on the duties that they have to fulfil in this world and in this
time would give more insights to them as they encounter the
modernity. Markaz has been leading the way in bridging the gaps
between various tradition and modernity. Conversations, rather
than confrontations should guide the relationship between
religion and modernity. The last four decades of Markaz prove
that its really possible to be optimistic about the future of
Indian Muslim minorities, once the conditions for development
have been achieved- Sheikh Aboobacker added.
M A Abdul KhadirMusliyar, President, Islamic Educational Board
of India inaugurated the conference. Muslim scholars, leaders
and diplomats from twenty countries participated in the
conference. The mammoth concluding session was attended by half
a million believers from various Indian states and abroad.
Call to keep at
bay ‘forced’ conversions
Kanthapuram condemns mass killing of
children in Pakisthan
Kozhikode: The ‘forced’ conversion melas are part
of planned attempts to stir popular perceptions against
religious conversions, general secretary of All India Sunni
Jamiyyathul Ulama Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar has said.
Delivering the keynote address at the International Islamic
Meet, organised in connection with Jamia Markaz Anniversary
celebrations, here, on Sunday, Mr. Kanthapuram said it was
strange that those who had been demanding anti-conversion laws
were now organising forced conversion melas.
“Ultimately, they are aiming the prohibition of all conversions
by law. The government must seriously consider these attempts
that challenge the fundamental values of Constitution,” he said.
According to Mr. Kanthapuram, Islam by no means stood for
conversion by force and it was never unacceptable in Islam to
convert one’s opinion or one’s religion by force or temptation.
Conversion to Islam
The Sunni leader also explained that those who convert to Islam
thus would not be regarded as Muslims, as per the teachings of
Instead of increasing the number of believers, leaders of all
faiths should strive to increase the quality of their belief,
Mr. Kanthapuram observed.
Referring to the mass killing of children in Pakistan, the Sunni
leader said that it was the shameless use of a noble religion
for a dastardly criminal act.
Religion in their hands was a toy and the cowards who planned
the massacre could not even spare innocent children, he said.
Mr. Kanthapuram also expressed concern over the increasing
incidents across the world where Muslim minorities were brutally
targeted in a vicious circle of violence. M.A Abdul Khadir
Musliyar, president, Islamic Educational Board of India, opened
Muslim scholars, leaders and diplomats from 20 countries
participated in the conference.
The concluding session of the conference was also attended by
thousands of believers from various States and abroad.
THE HINDU 22/12/2014
Kanthapuram is neither for
nor against PM Narendra Modi
All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul
Ulema General Secretary Kanthapuram A.P Aboobacker Musalyar
speaks at the Muallim conference in Malappuram on Tuesday
KOZHIKODE: All India Sunni JamIyyathul Ulema
general secretary Kanthapuram A.P.Aboobacker Musalyar has
clarified they are neither against nor for Narendra Modi.
Speaking at the Muallim conference, a curtain raiser for the SYS
State conference in Malappuram on Tuesday, Kanthapuram said some
had portrayed him as a Modi supporter. “ When I said that
communal violence was comparatively less in India, I was asked
about the Gujarat riots. This was later wrongly interpreted that
I was in support of Modi,” he said. He further he clarified: “We
are neither in support nor up in arms against Narendra Modi. All
citizens can live in India according to the Constitution
irrespective of who rules. The Constitution permits all to live
according to their religious beliefs,” he explained. At the same
time Aboobacker Musalyar quickly added that his comment did not
mean that they would completely endorse all that was enshrined
in the Constitution. “If we have reservations, we will raise
that within the confines of law. That has been the precedence,”
he added. He pointed that India was a country where 85 per cent
of the population was non-Muslims. “Even if 85 per cent are
Muslims, the religion teaches us to live in harmony with all
other sects,” he said. Deccan Chronicle
Muslims told to
All India Muslim Scholars
Association General Secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker
Musliyar, third from right, was given a reception in Jeddah.
Several Saudi officials attended the reception
Jeddah: Agitations against the government will
only have a negative impact on Indian Muslims, prominent scholar
and general secretary of the All India Muslim Scholars
Association Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar, alias Sheikh
Abubacker Ahmad, said here recently. Sheikh Abubacker, who was
in the Kingdom to participate in the ceremonial washing of the
Holy Kaaba, said that a government’s unlawful movements can be
questioned but only within the perimeters of the law, adding
that there is no validity of agitations outside the approved
modes. This will only harm the community, he cautioned. He
further warned Muslims against taking part in unlawful mass
protests to oppose the government. “We should remember that
Indian Muslims comprise only 15 percent of the total
population,” Abubacker pointed out, a clear indication of the
minority status of Muslims in India. “Any sort of impulsive
behavior will only serve to harm the community,” he underscored.
He emphasized that religious tolerance is the need of the hour
and that it is important to work together to safeguard India’s
integrity and to fight off terrorist and extremist forces.
Abubacker added that it was possible for the different sections
of the community to join together in the country’s best
interests while keeping their ideological differences intact.
“Religious harmony is a trait unique to India which its
neighbors try to emulate. It is our duty to sustain the peaceful
atmosphere in our homeland,” he said, adding that unity was the
best path. “It is important to defeat fascism peacefully; it
will be harmful to us if we wage war against it,” he said.
He also said that Muslims should be strict followers of Islam
and that this was the slogan of his just concluded Karnataka
Yathra (journey). The Yathra started from Gulbarga and passed
through 20 centers in Karnataka including Bijapur, Chickmangloor,
Hubli and Madikeri. Many leaders and dignitaries including
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah attended the concluding
session at Mangalore. Some 500,000 people participated in the
final leg of the journey.
Kingdom deserves accolades for hassle-free Haj:
MINA — A renowned Indian scholar thanked the Saudi authorities
for the very successful Haj operation. Kanthapuram A. P.
Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary of the All India Muslim
Scholars Association, told Saudi Gazette that the high tech
facilities and massive development projects at the Holy Sites
have made performance of Haj much easier and comfortable.
He recalled that until up to recent years, pilgrims as well as
Muslims across the world were especially in prayers for an
incident-free Haj. “With the implementation of the state-of-the
art multi-level Jamarat complex and expansion of Mas’a (running
area between Safa and Marwah), there were no incidents of
stampede or any deaths caused by accidents involving crowds.
This shows the Saudi government’s utmost keenness and vigil to
ensure maximum safety and comfort for the pilgrims,” he said.
Kanthapuram, who performed his first Haj in 1968, shared with
Saudi Gazette the experience of his father and himself during
Haj. “My father Ahmed Haji used to narrate to us about his
arduous Haj pilgrimage and risky trip between Makkah and Madinah.
“He rode on a camel along with another pilgrim and the rider. It
took several days to reach Madinah from Makkah and vice versa,
and there were dangers of exposure to hot sun, biting winter,
thirst and hunger, and even plunder by local nomads,” he
Going down memory lane, Kanthapuram said that his first Haj was
very tough and hard. “We got stuck in desert on the
Makkah-Madinah highway for hours due to engine failure of an
old-fashioned bus. But things smoothed out and we were able to
perform Haj despite these hardships.”
Muslims fund Bakrid animals for poor in other states
Kozhikode: Muslims in Kerala sponsored hundreds of sacrificial
animals for the poor in north and north-eastern states this year
on the occasion of Bakrid on Monday. Individual attempts to
intervene and sponsor had been reported in the past, but the
practice has been organised and streamlined in last two years.
Ahead of the festival, various Muslim relief and service
organisations in the state collected funds from the community
members and the money was given to coordinators in respective
states to buy the sacrificial animals.
Kerala-based Relief and Charitable Foundation of India, promoted
by prominent Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar,
made arrangements to distribute the sacrificial meat among
50,000 families in 15 states this year. The organisation’s
all-India coordinator Muhammed Shafi said there are Muslims
families in several north Indian villages which do not get the
“In Kerala, even a mahallu with 500 families would be
sacrificing 20 to 30 animals on the day of Bakrid.’’ “Kerala
Muslim families under such mahallu committees get huge
quantities of meat. A family of five members, sometimes gets
upto 5 kg-10 kg of meat on the day. Hence, we thought of helping
those who are not lucky enough to get the sacrificial meat. This
time, we have also focused on the flood-hit Kashmir region,’’
Shafi said. He added that a section of affluent Muslims are
offering sacrificial animals in the state as well as outside it.
“Local leaders in respective states will decide upon the animal
to be scarified depending upon the ban on particular animals. In
some states, only goat is allowed as a sacrificial animal,
whereas in other states we are allowed to kill male buffaloes,’’The
Indian Express 07/10/2014
It’s a reply to the RSS lobby in BJP: Sheikh ABoobacker
Delhi: Prime Minister NarendraModi's endorsement of Muslim
community and their patriotism in a recent interview with CCN
IBN is a reply to the RSS lobby in his party and it
also unravels that the so called Hindutuva cultural national
project is not just unattainable, but a failure, said
Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, General Secretary, All India Sunni
Jam-e-yyathulUlema, an apex body of Sunni Muslim Scholars in the
It’s good that major BJP leaders including the Prime Minister of
the country are attempting to invalidate many of RSS's ideas and
programs. We see prime Minister's recent comment on Muslim
community as a reflection of the recent developments in the
relationship between BJP and RSS where for the BJP the nation
comes first rather than the Hindutva ideology. In that sense
Modi's comment doesn't come in vacuum. But its a continuation of
what the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has commented on the so
called “Love Jihad” a week ago. Rajnath Singh has said he does
not know whats “love jihad” while many of his counter parts in
the RSS and the VHP were campaigning against Muslim community in
his home state, Uttar Pradesh in the name of “love jihad”
There were many instances in Modi governments first 100 days
where the BJP started to give us indications of the fact that
they have started to realize that they cannot govern the country
with their , blinkered and communally disruptive political
programs. Modigovernments diplomatic relationship with
neighboring countries is a laudable example of this new turn. We
see it as good sign and hope that the BJP's wish and will to
uphold the power in the centre will democratize the party and
will make it's policies more accomodative.
We also read Modi's statement as a reflection on his party's
poor performance in the recently concluded by-elections where
BJP is realizing that it will be a tough time for them if they
don't take Muslim sentiments into account. We hope that BJP MPs
known for their anti Muslim remarks such as Swami SakshiMaharaj
and Yogi Adityanath will carefully listen to theirParliamentary partly
leader's opinion, said Sheikh Aboobacker.
Liquor Ban: Kanthapuram Warns
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There would be serious consequences if the
government went back on the decision to enforce a liquor ban in
10 years, Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, general
secretary, All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulema, said on Friday.
“The State Government should close down five-star bars also if
the Supreme Court feels that there is discrimination in allowing
them alone to operate. On the other hand, it will be highly
improper to allow other bars also to operate on the grounds that
five-star bars are granted an exemption from the ban,” he said.
Aboobacker Musaliyar was speaking after inaugurating a meeting
held here in connection with the annual Karanthur Markaz
conference. “The people of Kerala have welcomed the announcement
regarding the liquor ban with much hope.
“But when things have come to a pass, the government is fumbling
around. If the government goes back on its decision to ban
liquor in a phased manner, it will have to face strong
opposition,” he said. The
New Indian Express13/09/2014
emir lauds Saudi-India relations
JEDDAH — Madinah Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman received a
delegation of Indian Muslim leaders at his office in Madinah on
Wednesday. The delegation included Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker
Musliyar, general secretary of All India Muslim Scholars
Association, and Panakkad Sayyid Basheerali Shihab Thangal,
member of the working committee of the Kerala State Muslim
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Faisal commended Indians as a
peace-loving and enterprising people who are making
contributions to the Kingdom’s development process in many
“Indians were among the major beneficiaries of the correction
period announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King
Abdullah to regulate the status of foreign workers as part of
the Nitaqat program. The Kingdom is keen to further strengthen
bilateral ties with India,” he said.
Prince Faisal also spoke about the remarkable developments being
witnessed in Madinah and the great services and facilities being
rendered to pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque, said
Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, chairman of the Gammon Group who
accompanied the delegation.
On his part, Kanthapuram thanked the Kingdom for its support to
Indian Muslims and underlined the need for further cementing the
relations. Kanthapuram also extended an invitation to Prince
Faisal to visit India, which he has accepted, according to
Mohammed. Saudi Gazette
Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman receives All India Muslim Scholars
Association General Secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker
Musliyar (second left) and Panakkad Sayyid Basheerali Shihab
Thangal (extreme right) at his office on Wednesday. Gammon
Group’s Chairman Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, Sheikh Muhammad Salem
Al-Hunaini and Sulaiman Salem Al-Hunaini are also seen in the
25 couples enter wedlock at SSF silver jubilee event
2: The Sunni Students' Federation (SSF) of Karnataka on Thursday
January 2 celebrated its silver jubilee meaningfully by
organizing a mass marriage for 25 couples from financially poor
families. The programme was held at Nehru Maidan here.
heads, community leaders and representatives from various parts
of the state took part in the event. Delivering the inaugural
address, Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary,
All-India Sunni Jamiyyatul Ulema, said, "We must fight unitedly
to eradicate the major social evil of dowry, from this society.
There are many women who are unable to marry simply because they
cannot afford to give dowry."
added, "Today, marriage has been become a means of business and
commercialization. The number of people gathered at this
historic event organized by SSF may be less for various reasons,
but the message they have conveyed to the society through this
programme is of great value and will surely reach many people."
"It is truly a
blessing to be able to support and encourage marriage and
education of the financially backward class of the community,"
jubilee souvenir of SSF was released on the occasion by Yenepoya
Abdulla Kunhi, chairman of Yenepoya Group. The Nikah was
performed on the dais in the presence of the family members of
the bride and groom, accompanied by religious heads.
Haji C M
Ibrahim, Kunhi Ahmed Haji, S M R Rasheed Haji, Usman Haji, R P
Hussain Master, Haji M Ibrahim Bawa, Azeez Haji, B M Farook Fiza,
Haji U S Hamza, Rahim Uchil, A A Hyder Parthipady and many
others were present on the dais.
Islamic Conference in the Bareilly city on annual Urs-e-Ala
Dec 2013 The three day celebration of 94th world famous
international Urs or death anniversary of Mujadid Imam Ahmed
Raza Khan Qadri has begun in the city of western Utar Paredesh,
The programme started previous night with Naat and Manqabat
(Poetry in the praise of Holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad S.A.W and
other pious personalities) with Lacs of followers including
thousand of Islamic Scholars start arriving from various parts
of the world. Born on
14th June, 1856 in the
the great scholar was given the reverential title of
Hazrt-the great wise man. Ahmed Raza Khan wrote on numerous
topics, including law, religion, philosophy and the sciences. He
was a prolific writer, producing nearly 1,000 works in his
lifetime, writing almost on all issues and covering all matters,
he influenced the Muslim masses. He worked to protect the
traditional Islam which is attached to Sufism in South Asia and
was facing challenge from the changing atmosphere of Islamic
world after the establishment Salafi-Wahabi government in the
Ahmed Raza Khan translated the Quran into Urdu, which was first
published in 1912 under the title of Kanz
ul-Iman a most popular translation of the Holy
One of the finest books written by him is Fatawa Radhvia. It
comprises over 12000 pages in 12 volumes. It provides
authoritative solutions to thousands of religious and secular
problems faced by the Muslims in day-to-day life.
All his disciples and followers spread his movement named as
Ahle Sunnat Movement which has largest following estimated to
upto 2/3 majority of all south Asian Muslims by various sources
and institutions across south Asia including India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Afghanistan Nepal, Sri Lanka and in many African and
European countries. The movement is considered a peaceful
movement keeping itself largely separated from extremist and
terrorist organizations. Its indifferent attitude towards these
organizations, their extremist ideologies have made followers of
this movement itself victim of the extremist organizations. In
the movement has lost its major leaders most prominent among
them are Mufti Sarafaraz Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia who had issued
verdict against Tehreek-e-Taliban and Saleem Qadri, leader of
Sunni Tehreek who was working for the recapturing of Sunni
Mosques. In India and many parts of the world movement has
raised its strong voice against Terrorism and Extremism.
In this Urs or Death anniversary Chief Sunni Mufti Akhtar
Rida Khan Qadri Azhari Mian and Custodian of Dargah Ala Hazrat
Maulana Subhanraza Khan Subhani Mian will address the gathering
of five lacs of Sunni Muslims of the country. Many prominent
Islamic Scholars especially from Arab world and
already reached in the city which is being decorated in a very
Main body of the Dargah which was established by the Ala
Hazrat himself, All India Jamat-e-Raza-e-Mustafa has shown anger
towards neglect and humiliation of riot victims. It is raising
the demand of seedy justice and proper rehabilitation of
Muzzafar Nagar riot victims, Passing of communal violence Bill
and Muslim reservation, Taslima Nasreen issue. Hindi and Urdu
News papers have published special supplements to celebrate the
Urs while many Muslim organizations and publication houses have
put their camps and stalls in the ground of Islamia Inter
college and on connecting roads. Special arrangements for Buses
and Trains have been made by their respective departments.
On the final
day of the Urs on Monday huge gathering is expected in which
various Muslim issues and problems will be discussed by
custodian Subhan Raza Khan Subhani Mian.
hails UAE leadership over tolerance
ABU DHABI: Al Sheikh Aboobackar Bin Ahmad, the
General Secretary of the All India Muslim Scholars Association,
Vice-Chancellor of Sunni Cultural Centre, has lauded the
tolerance policy in the UAE led by President His Highness Sheikh
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
He told his Indian audience observing the 42nd UAE national day
anniversary, held at the national theatre- Abu Dhabi, that the
UAE provides facilitation to foreigners seeking jobs and
protects them, besides assisting the poor and needy worldwide.
The scholar congratulated the UAE President, government and
people on the national day, noting that over 5,000 Indians
attended this event to express their thanks to the leadership.
He referred to the bilateral ties between the UAE and India and
the keenness of the Indian community to contribute to the UAE’s
development while observing the laws of the country.
He greeted the UAE leadership, its people and the expatriate
communities on the national day and for Dubai winning the right
to host Expo 2020.
The event was attended by Counselor Ali Al Hashimi, Religious
and Judicial Adviser at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and
other senior officials.
'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'
ASHRAF PADANNA: ARAB NEWS
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India has strong legal
framework for fighting crimes in the society and eradicating
corruption, but it’s not enough to cleanse the system, Oommen
Chandy, the chief minister of the southern Indian state of
Kerala, said on Saturday.
Inaugurating the 40th anniversary celebrations of Sunni Students
Federation (SSF) in the southern port city of Kochi, the chief
minister said, “Corruption and violence, especially against
women and children, are on the rise. We have to uphold high
moral values and fight the evil from within,” Chandy said
Lauding the role of SSF in “propagating virtues and preventing
the evil” in the society, he said the activities of the
organization would instill confidence in the entire society in
the system, and the discipline that the group maintains should
be emulated by all.
“Students have a responsibility to resist violence and
injustice. The SSF is blessed with a dedicated and disciplined
cadre and its role in fighting social evils is well established.
Very few can claim the organizational discipline of the SSF,
which deserves a special appreciation for inculcating a culture
of moral values in the cadre,” he said.
The concluding session of the three-day conference started with
a massive students’ rally that ended at the sprawling Jawaharlal
Nehru International Stadium in the city where tens of thousands
of students converged.
Some 6000 delegates from across the state and various Indian
universities attended different sessions of the three-day
conference that urged student community to rededicate themselves
for the betterment of the country and the society.
Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema president Sayed Abdurahiman
Kunhikkoya Thangal presided over the function. Dr. Aliyyul
Hashimi, chief religious advisor to UAE president, Dr. Muhammul
Khatheeb (UAE), Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Al Bukhari, who heads the
Ma’adin group of institutions, and others addressed the public
“The government should take it seriously and give more autonomy
to higher educational institutions and research centers so that
Kerala too have centers of excellence,” the resolution said.
The conference also demanded the state and central governments
to increase the number of scholarships and fellowships for
Delivering the keynote address, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker
Musliyar, the general secretary of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul
Ulema who inaugurated the conference, said political parties
working in the name of religious minorities are not the sole
representatives of the minority communities.
Robert Farook D Crane, the former adviser to US President Robert
Nixon and political analyst, inaugurated the opening session
attended by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Communist
Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MA Baby, Yusuffali MA,
Galfar Muhammedali, MI Shanavas MP, TA Ahmed Kabeer MLA and
K Babu, the state’s seaports and airports minister, Prof. KV
Thomas, the federal food minister, writer NS Madhavan, Patna
University professor Shameem Munimi, Sathish Deshpande of Delhi
School of Economics, Calicut University Vice-Chancellor Prof.
Abdul Salam and Cochin University of Scince and Technology
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ramachandran Thekkedath participated in
Muslim youths are being framed’
The state should deal with the dire economic and cultural
conditions that push some youth into terrorism, said Kanthapuram
A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, general secretary, Sunni Jamiat Ulema
Speaking to ‘Express’, on the sidelines of the SSF state
conference, the veteran leader pointed out that it is
“unfortunate that many innocent Muslim youths are framed in
false terror charges and that communal elements spread gossips
which create suspicion about Muslims among the public”.
“It is true that Muslims are being discriminated against in the
country. If there is a bomb explosion anywhere in the country,
Muslim youths are forced to prove their innocence. But such
discrimination should be dealt using constitutional measures.
Taking the law into own hands will create divisiveness in the
society,” he said.
A mass exodus of migrant workers from Gulf countries would badly
affect the state economy, he added. “I have a feeling that the
governmental agencies have failed to act. Vayalar Ravi, Union
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, told me that the Indian
Embassy in Saudi Arabia did not inform the Central Government
about the crisis due to the strict enforcement of the Nitaqat
policy. The indifferent attitude of the Indian Embassy is
Recalling his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Vayalar Ravi pointed
out that “the top brass of the Saudi Kingdom is actually unaware
of the plight of the Indian and other Asian workers who have
been living in the country and are a significant part of the
Saudi Arabian economy. There is a strong network of middlemen
who cheat innocent job seekers arriving from Asian countries and
leave them in a quandary. A large number of workers from Kerala
are in trouble owing to the present state of affairs in that
country. I have requested Riyadh Prince Sheikh Salman to ensure
that Huroob violators are allowed to return to India without
punishment. I have also requested him to take strong action
against middlemen who cheat poor expatriates”.
“The attitude of the Saudi authorities gives me hope,” he added.
Musliyar criticised the ‘attempts’ made by certain caste
organisations to create communal divisions in the society.
Indian Express 29/04/2013
CM calls upon students to
fight against violence and corruption
Kochi: Legal battles against social evils should be supplemented
by moral battles, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Sunday.
He was inaugurating the valedictory public meet of the 40th
state conference of Sunni Students’ Federation (SSF) here.
“Corruption and violence, against women in particular, are
rising at an alarming rate in the society. Students have a
responsibility to resist violence and injustice. The role of the
SSF, which is blessed with a dedicated and disciplined cadre, in
fighting social evils is well known. Very few organisations can
claim the organisational discipline of the SSF, which deserves a
special appreciation for inculcating a culture of moral values
in the cadre,” he said.
The concluding session of the three-day conference started with
a massive students’ rally from Edappally. The rally ended at the
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor. A special
squad named ‘Excellent Youth for Enlightenment’ (EYE),
consisting of 40,000 members, in white uniform holding flags was
the central attraction of the rally. The rally was led by V
Abdul Jaleel Saqafi, president and K Abdul Kalam, SSF general
The resolution passed in the conference noted that the
outstanding achievement in Kerala’s public school education is
being not reflected in the higher academics. “There is not a
single university in the state to be listed among the top
varsities in the country. The government should take this
seriously and efforts be taken to give more autonomy to higher
educational institutes,” resolution stated.
Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary,
All-India Sunni Jameyyathul Ulema, in his keynote address
pointed that “it is wrong to assume that political parties
working in the name of the religious minorities were the sole
representatives of the minority community”.
Indian Express 29/04/2013
Kanthapuram meets Saudi
Arabian official on Nitaqat
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar, general
secretary, All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, held discussions
with Saudi Arabian Labour Department Director General Ahmed
Humaidan in Riyadh early this week. Mr. Aboobacker Musliar said
that during the discussions, he had raised the issues concerning
thousands of Keralites in the wake of the Nitaqat rules in Saudi
Arabia. He said Dr. Humaidan had assured him that the new labour
rules would not adversely affect the vast majority of Indians,
and they continued to play a vital role in the development of
the kingdom. Mr. Aboobacker Musliar asked Dr. Humaidan for
special consideration for thousands of Indians working away from
their sponsors in Saudi Arabia. He demanded that the rules and
regulations for change of sponsorship and profession be
simplified. THE HINDU
Participates in Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference in
An elite group of thinkers from the UAE, as well as from Arabic
and Islamic countries will take part in the Sheikh Zayed
International Peace Conference. The conference is organized by
the Sunni Cultural Centre University at the Conference Hall in
Calicut in the Indian State of Kerala, at 7:00 PM on Saturday,
under the motto “Peace through Education”.
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmad, Head of the Sunni Cultural Centre
University, welcomed the Abu Dhabi Police delegation
participating in the Conference, headed by Lieutenant Colonel
Saeed Al Khaja, Deputy Director of Technical Affairs and
Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of His
Highness Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior.
According to the press release issued by the University, the
Conference aims to highlight the role of education in achieving
peace, and spreading messages of peace and friendship. The
Conference will include a session, to discuss the vision of UAE
founder, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to achieve
peace and security, which is a universal model for peaceful
coexistence, by enhancing humanitarian and charitable work
around the world.
The Indian delegation participating in the conference is
represented by Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Oommen Chandi;
India’s Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid; Shashi Tharoor,
Indian Minister of State for Human Resources; Yousuf Ali,
chairman of the LuLu group; as well as a large number of
officials, intellectuals and businessmen.
Notably, the Sunni Cultural Centre University is a prominent
Center for education in Islamic knowledge and modern sciences.
It was founded in 1978 in Calicut District in South India.
During the past three and a half decades, it has been able to
accomplish a number of educational projects in the field of
Islamic studies in various stages; as well as in the field of
modern sciences, keeping up to date with the latest curricula,
by building and supervising dozens of schools, colleges and
teaching staff. Moreover, it has many charitable and
humanitarian projects that benefit each year thousands of poor
families in India.
The University celebrates its 35th anniversary, as well as the
graduation of its 16th promotion from its colleges, between
4/1/2013 and 6/1/2013. The said Conference is part of the
attends Indian community celebration
Shaikh Nahyan receives a copy of
Zayed Al Khair from Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan in Abu Dhabi. VT
Balram, Kanthapuram A.P. Abu Bakr Musaliyar and MA Yusuff Ali
are also seen
ABU DHABI - Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan,
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, attended a
ceremony held by the Indian community at the National Theatre in
Abu Dhabi to celebrate 41st National Day of the UAE. A book
titled Zayed Al Khair in Malayalam was released at the function.
Shaikh Nahyan received a copy of the book from Kerala home
minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. MA Yusuff Ali, Managing
Director of Emke Group of companies which published the book,
and V. T. Blalram, member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of
Kerala, were also present. Kanthapuram A.P. Abu Bakr Musaliyar,
President of the Kerala-based Sunni Cultural Centre University,
said in his speech that the National Day was an opportunity to
express the deep-rooted ties of friendship between the UAE and
India. Shaikh Nahyan thanked him for his outstanding efforts to
strengthen the friendly relations between Kerala and the Arab
world. “I am also pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the
publication in Malayalam of the important book, Zayed Al Khair.
I congratulate the author, Zaidi. I also thank Yusuff Ali for
having taken the initiative to publish and distribute this
extraordinary book to the people of Kerala and to Malayalam
speakers everywhere,” he said.
“It has been our great fortune in the UAE that our country’s
founder, Zayed Al Khair, was a highly successful leader. Shaikh
Zayed demonstrated throughout his life how outstanding and
enlightened leadership can be used to transform society. He held
in his heart our hopes and dreams for the future and formed a
nation that looks to the future. His leadership, vision and
commitment to excellence have enabled all of us to enjoy the
benefits of the country’s vibrant economy and to appreciate the
role of the UAE on the world stage. “Under Shaikh Zayed’s
leadership, we, in the UAE, have set high standards and inspired
each other to meet those standards. “We have acted in a mature,
well-adjusted fashion, seized our economic and educational
opportunities, and fulfilled our obligations as citizens of the
UAE,” Shaikh Nahyan added. Shaikh Nahyan indicated that during
the past 41 years, as the UAE has become a part of the family of
nations, “I have been proud that we have maintained our basic
identity. Our progress has been based on solid Islamic values
and time-honored Arab traditions.
“We have learned over the years that development cannot be
imported; rather, it must be generated from within by an
educated populace, dedicated to the future of their country and
able to participate in all useful developments in the world.”
City to be set up in India
Muscat: A Knowledge City is to be built in the
southern Indian state of Kerala, according to Kanthapuram AP
Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary of Markazu Ssaquafathi
Ssunniyya, an Indian charitable organisation, which will
undertake the project. He also announced other features of the
project at a recent press conference, which was organised in
Muscat. “The proposed Knowledge City in Calicut, Kerala, will be
instrumental in bringing about many changes to the Indian
education sector. Land acquisition for the proposed project has
begun,” said Musliyar. “Markazu has taken up many charitable
activities across India. We have started educational
institutions in many states, including Kashmir. ”The
organisation plans to set up an engineering college, a Unani
medical college, English medium school, technical business
management colleges and super speciality hospitals at the
Knowledge City, said Musliyar. “Admission will be open to all,”
Markazu will also hold its 35th annual convocation conference in
India from January 4 to 6.
Muscat Daily 01/12/2012
Knowledge City to come up in Kerala
MUSCAT: Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniyaa, an Islamic cultural and
educational organisation in Kozhikode in the southern Indian
state of Kerala, has announced that work has begun on the
proposed Knowledge City Project in Kozhikode. Markaz has
purchased 125 acres for the proposed project to build
professional educational institutions, according to Kanthapuram
AP Aboobacker, general secretary of Markaz. The project
comprises, among other professional educational institutions, an
engineering college, Unani medical college, hi-tech English
medium residential school, technical, business management
colleges and a super speciality hospital, he told reporters.
More than 20,000 students are studying under the Markaz’s
educational system in Kerala and other Indian states. Markaz has
been in the educational field since 35 years, he said. The
Markaz Knowledge City would be open for people of all religions
and aims to provide professional courses of international
standards. Imparting moral education with technical and other
professional skills is key to a successful and peaceful society,
Kanthapuram said. Markaz is also into charitable activities,
Kanthapuram said. “Many relief and rehabilitation works
including drinking water projects have been launched in north
Indian states. Schools and educational institutions are in full
swing in Kashmir. Markaz Home Care Projects has received praise
as it caters to the needs of destitutes across India,” he said.
Markaz will hold its 35th annual convocation in the first week
of January in Kozhikode. Oman Tribune
city in final stage of planning: Kerala scholar
JEDDAH: Preparations to launch the
Markaz Knowledge City, which aims to provide facilities for
world-class technical and professional education especially to
Muslim students in the southern Indian state of Kerala, are in
final stages. This was announced at a press conference here by
Sheikh Abubacker Ahmad, also known as Kanthapuram A.P. Abubacker
Musaliyar, general secretary of All India Sunni Jam’iyathul
Ulema and Jamia Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya. Sheikh Abubacker,
who was in the Kingdom to perform Haj, lauded the Saudi
government for making exemplary arrangements that ensured a
successful Haj pilgrimage this year. He pointed out that the
main aim of the knowledge city is raising a new generation of
Muslims with high moral values and a deep knowledge of science
and technology. The all-round development of backward
communities, especially Muslims, in the fields of technical and
professional education is a major priority, he said. The
knowledge city will be set up at Kaithapoyil near Thamarassery
on the Calicut-Wynad National Highway, he said.
The knowledge city is an affiliate of the Markaz Ssaqafathi
Ssunniya, a charitable religious institution in Karanthur near
Calicut, which will manage the project. The Markaz has already
purchased 125 acres of land for the new project. The first phase
will cost around 3 billion rupees. An engineering college, a
polytechnic and a Unani Medical College are being planned in the
first phase. Business management courses in various streams,
including information and communications technology, will be one
of the key features of this education project, he said. An
international school and a multi-specialty hospital are also
being planned, he said. The goal is to make available
professional education to the needy members of the community,
Sheikh Abubacker said, adding that other students will pay fees
fixed by the government in compliance with rules and regulations
in the state. Proceeds from the knowledge city will be utilized
for day-to-day operations of the Markaz at a later stage.
More than 50,000 students have graduated from the Markaz since
its inception in 1978 after completing various courses. They
included 8,000 orphans and 7,000 religious scholars. The Markaz
has also been expanding its charitable activities outside Kerala
to empower weak sections of society. As many as 160 schools have
already been opened in West Bengal, the eastern Indian state
where Muslim students have limited access to educational
facilities. Similar charitable activities are extended to other
Indian states, such as Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar
under the Markaz supervision. Around 350 needy students from
Haryana and West Bengal are currently studying at Markaz-runs
schools and colleges. These pupils are also provided with free
food and accommodation. The Markaz will celebrate its 35th
anniversary at its campus in Karanthur on Jan. 4-6, 2013. A
large number of scholars and leaders from within India and
abroad will take part in the celebrations.
Saudi Gazette 01/11/2012
Muslim scholar condemns violence
over anti-Islam film
Revered Muslim scholar from Kerala, Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker
Musliyar Sunday called for an immediate end to violence from all
quarters over an anti-Islam film made in the US. "World over
there has been violence and this has come from even Muslims and
this is not acceptable. No sort of publicity can tarnish the
image of Islam and if anyone is trying to do it, its not going
to make any impact," Kanthapuram told reporters here.
community should oppose this anti-Islam activity not through
violence but through other forms of protest. A section is trying
to capitalise on this unrest and Muslims should not fall for
this," added Kanthapuram, who is the general secretary of All
India Sunni Jamiyathul Ualama. He also asked responsible
authorities to see that the social network and the internet is
not misused for maligning Islam.
Kanthapuram heads the Jamia Markaz Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya, a
hugely popular social, charity and educational organization
based in Kozhikode and in the past three decades more than
30,000 students from various states in the country have
completed their studies at the Markaz (centre).
Three years back Markaz hit the headlines when more than a 100
children from Kashmir were brought here to give them the basic
education. He was in the news recently when he announced the
construction of the country's biggest mosque at a 40 acre campus
near Kozhikode, which will accommodate more than 25,000 people
in the open courtyard. 16/09/2012
Ma'din chairman visited
Ma'din chairman Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari visited the
riot hit areas of Assam. He also attended the special meeting
covened by National Commiission for Minorty Educational
Insititutions under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
It is estimated that
400,000 - 500,000 people were taking shelter in 270 relief
camps, after being displaced from almost 400 villages. Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the relief camps in
Kokrajhar and called the recent violence a blot on the face of
A Ma’din pledge
The prominent spiritual meet of Muslims organised by Ma’din
Academy in the month of Ramzan, at Swalath Nagar here, in
connection with the holiest of nights known as Lailathul Qadr
(Night of Power), which started on Wednesday, ended in the wee
hours of Thursday.
The spiritual meet coincided with India’s 65th Independence Day,
attracting a large turnout which engaged in prayers and
supplication and stayed awake till morning. A mammoth crowd of
believers took a mass pledge against terrorism.
In the mass Iftar held on the main venue, around one lakh
believers participated. The mammoth conference is billed as the
largest annual gathering of Muslims in India and one of the
largest gatherings on the 27th night of Ramzan.
Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari, founder and chairman of
Ma’din Academy delivered the keynote address and administered
the pledge against terrorism.
The participants pledged that they would keep off from all
activities which promoted terrorism which would jeopardize the
unity and social harmony of the country.
“Even as we take pride in being Muslims, we respect and honour
all other faiths and their followers. We will keep a continuous
vigil against forces that work to destroy the oneness of
humanity,” the believers said.
“We are duty-bound to protect the integrity, wealth, values and
legacy of Mother India,” the pledge said.
Scholars’ Forum vice president Sayyid Ali Bafaqi Thangal, All
India Jamiyyatul Ulema general secretary Kanthapuram A.P
Aboobacker Musliyar and Sunni Yuvajana Sangham president Ponmala
Abdul Qadir Musliyar among others, attended the meet.
Deccan Chronicle 17/08/2012
Al-Sudais: Uphold Harams’
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for Two
Holy Mosques, has called on all pilgrims and worshippers to
uphold the sanctity of the two holy mosques.
He reminded women worshippers at the
mosque that it is better for them to stay in their homes.
“We all must respect the sanctity of the two holy mosques, and
respect each other and cooperate with one another,” Al-Sudais
said while giving a lecture at the mosque on Wednesday. He said
all believers must keep away from activities that violate the
sanctity of the two holy mosques such as taking photos and
chatting on mobile phones and women mingling with men.
“Some women come to the Haram neglecting the teachings of the
Prophet (peace be upon him), applying perfumes, showing their
beauty and without wearing Islamic dress,” said Al-Sudais, who
is also an imam of the Grand Mosque.
He quoted a Hadith of the Prophet saying, “You should not
prevent women from entering the houses of God (mosques), but
homes are better for them,” indicating the imam preferred women
to stay at home without jostling with men at the Haram during
this peak season.
Sheikh Al-Sudais does not favor people doing itikaf (retreat in
a mosque for worship and meditation), sleeping in the mosque’s
ground floor, although his predecessor had allowed it. “We have
to respect the Grand Mosque. We should know that Haram is not a
hotel,” said Al-Sudais, who has been imam of the Grand Mosque
for three decades.
Arab News 10/08/2012
Community revives memories of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed,
Secretary-General of the Association of Sunni scholars in India
revived the memories of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in his
speech at a Ramadan meeting held last week at the National
Theatre in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Abu Bakr hailed the assistances
provided by the UAE leadership, government and people for the
Muslims of India following the path of the late Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan. He said that UAE has contributed in building
and renovation of almost every mosques and institutions in
India, noting the existing friendly relationship between the
people of two countries-WAM.
holds annual meet in Ajmer,
to work for peace in society
Ajmer: Muslim Students Organization of India
MSO, an apex body of Sufi oriented Muslim youths organised
its annual general meeting at Ajmer Shareef where various
burning Muslim issues including education, employment,
Terrorism, Extremism were discussed. The Meeting was
attended by various dignitaries of national level and from
Dargah Ajmer Shareef. The two-day convention started on 16th
May. The State committees of almost all the states of the
country participated in which Babar Ashraf, National
Secretary of All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board gave a brief
description of the current scenario of Sufism which is
“facing threat because of the intolerant, extremist infamous
Wahabi ideology which is getting a space among peaceful
traditional Indian Muslims indoctrinating wrong beliefs
which is against the beliefs of Sunni Sufi Community who
represents majority of Muslims in India.” He further
emphasized that it’s the need of hour especially “to the
young to come forward and strive hard to combat Wahabi
menace and contribute to deliver the true and peaceful
message of Islam so that the coming generation may play a
vital role to form a Peaceful developing nation as Peace is
the precondition for development.”Director of Sunni Markaz,
Calicut, Kerala Dr. Abdul Hakeem Azhari asked the youths to
first learn and develop character to serve mankind. In all
the societies, Islam must be preached in most tolerant
manner. “Our duty is to spread this message of Islam to save
humanity from darkness.” They decided that MSO and SSF
(Sunni Students Federation) will strive hard to spread this
message among the youths in Universities and colleges from
July across the country. MSO National president Syed
Muhammad Quadri conducted special class on Purification of
heart .He told the youths that our heart must be clear from
all evils and self egos. Our services should be without self
interest.Today society needs peace of mind and humane touch.
We can win the heart of society through selfless and love
based services. To serve humankind is true message of Islam.
Dr. Sarwar Razwi Alig from Allahabaad, Shahnawaz Warsi, Gen
Secretary of MSO, Shujaat Ali Quadri, National Secretary,
Engr Abdul Raoof, SSF Convener Banglore, Zuhairuddin Noorani
from West Bengal also spoke on the occasion.
The Meet was inaugurated by Dr. Wahid Hussain Chishti,
Secretary of Dargah Committee. Mohammad Habeeb Khan Member
of Rajastahn Public Service Commission also encouraged the
youths to work hard in their education.
life will bring success’
played key role in development of Oman and India:
MUSCAT: An expatriate worker’s
success lies in his will power to lead a discipline life,
said a prominent Indian Muslim leader. “By being committed
to work and by leading a discipline life, expatriates can
attain success,” Kanthapuram A. P. Aboobacker Musalyar,
general secretary of All India Jamiyyathul Ulema, told Times
of Oman. A. P. Aboobacker Musalyar fondly called as
Kanthapuram was in Muscat to attend a programme titled The
Saga of Exodus organised to honour successful expatriates
and to launch the sixth edition of Siraj, Malayalam language
news daily, from Oman. “The contribution of the non-resident
Indians has played key role in the development of both Oman
and India. It is a pleasurable fact that many of the Indian
expatriates have already been recognised by the government
of the Sultanate,” he said.
“Everybody acknowledges the
expatriate community’s contribution but the people of exodus
are still waiting for positive response for their demands.
These appeals should be heard. At the same time the wealth
of non-resident Indians should be handled with a clear
planning for long-run projects. Governments should initiate
to attract them. Financial dealings should be based on
morality. It is essential to maintain proper transactions in
the society. This is the philosophy of Islamic system of
Zakath,” he said adding that there is no need to respond to
the protest against the proposals of establishing Islamic
banking. It is not the name but the system brings the
difference. The programme was the first of its kind in the
history of exodus orgainsed by Siraj. Expatriates of various
parts of Oman and from different strata of community
assembled in the vast hotel conference hall. Selected
delegates narrated their stories with a passion. Glafar Dr
P. Muhaamed Ali, Siraj UAE chief Editor Nizar Sayed, Al
Shifa Al Jazeera chairman T. A. Rabiulla, Dr Hussain Saqafi
Chullikkode, John Kuruvila ( World Malayalee Council) and
Hassan Saqafi Tharayittaal addressed the gathering.
During the meeting, Soopy, an
expatriate in Seeb who is residing in Oman for decades,
narrated his hardship he had to face during the past. An
essay titled The India-oman relation and the Saga of Exodus
was also presented by Oman Siraj representative Frioz
Pravaasi Jyoti award for humanitarian
contribution was presented to Dr P Mohammed Ali by
Kanthapuram. PV abdul Hameed and Nizar Saqafi introduced the
delegates to the audience.
Yadav lauds Markazu for
Kozhikode, Sep 12 (PTI) Former
union minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav
lauded the services rendered by Markazu
Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya, the Sunni Cultural
Centre, in the educational sector. Prasad, who
was on a private visit to the Centre at
Karanthur about 25 kms away from the city, was
speaking at a function, yesterday. Markazu is
doing a great service by giving education to
orphans and the underprivileged, he said. All
support would be provided to the Markazu to
start educational institutions in Bihar, he
said. Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar,
General Secretary, Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssuniyya,
was among others attended the function.
| 10:09 AM,Sep 12,2011
Global financial crisis can be
resolved by adopting
Islamic principles: Scholar
By PMA Rsheed
Dubai: People’s greed to amass wealth and
resorting to Ribaa (transactions with usury/interest) are the
root causes of the current global credit crunch, according an
eminent Muslim scholar and community leader from India.
Referring to the second world financial crisis, All India Sunni
Jam’iathul Ulama General Secretary, Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed says
the crisis can be resolved by implementing Islamic finance
principles. He also points out that the non-distribution of
wealth for social welfare is the spark that has caused waves of
violence, political unrest, riots and racist movements across
Western countries. Sheikh Aboobacker, who led India’s
contemporary Muslim multitude from a chaotic and apprehensive
stage to one with confidence and hope, is currently in town as
the guest of Dubai Islamic Affairs Department during the Holy
Month of Ramadan.
“We should take efforts to bring followers of different cultures
and religions together, and alleviate the suffering of the
people around the world,” he said, noting that the “fiscal
firestorm” that the world has been witnessing is something that
has already been mentioned in religious texts, including the
Holy Quran. “The main cause of this global financial crisis has
been usury or interest. The Holy Quran guided us to stay away
from Riba (interest), a curse that is enough to jeopardise
domestic, national and international peace and financial
“Living beyond our means, taking loans on interest, and
excessive or irresponsible expansion of credit over a long
period as well as gambling are the significant causes of this
crisis, according to Islamic perspectives. Islam discourages
living beyond means that leads to excessive borrowing,” he
explained. “Islam promotes loans and other banking tools, but
without any interest. Selling or buying goods and services based
on a mechanism that is supported by interest is not permitted in
Islam. Islamic finance concepts, however, still have less
presence in the global scenario.”He also noted, “Islamic banking
and insurance are still in their infancy and command a very
small proportion of international finance, albeit many
international banks have launched Islamic banking sections.”
“The Islamic banking system should be genuine, reflecting the
ethics of Islamic teachings for welfare of the society. The
Islamic banking system should focus on productive investment,
not for speculation and gambling.” “The Islamic financial system
is gradually gaining momentum in Muslim countries, as visionary
leaders initiate solid programmes to realise Islamic principles
in the new world and enable stability of the global system,”
Sheikh Abooobacker added. According to him, society has
progressed in every walk of life, as much as the religious
values that are practiced. “Allah will destroy Riba (usury) and
will give increase for Sadaqat (deeds of charity and social
welfare),” he said, citing the Quaran. Islamic principles are
against unnecessary and wasteful spending to increase saving and
investment. The Prophet (peace be upon him) discouraged
borrowing as it can be a cause of concern for individuals
throughout their lives.
Federation to engage north Karnataka students
The Karnataka State Sunni Students'
Federation (SSF) which is active in 15 districts of Karnataka
has established its Hubli division with the objective of
extending its student-friendly activities in north Karnataka.
Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, convenor of the
Karnataka State Sunni Students' Federation in north Karnataka
Moulana Owais Manzari said that SSF was founded in 1989 with
Mangalore as its base. The organisation was working towards
putting an end to ignorance, superstitious beliefs,
misconceptions and other social evils among the people of the
Muslim community. “At the same time, the organisation is working
towards sensitising the Muslim students and youths, and
preventing them from falling into the clutches of
fundamentalists and anti-national elements. The federation
promotes communal harmony”, he said.
Mr. Moulana Owais Manzari said the federation was organising
students to build a society free of social ills. He added that
the federation which began its activities in the country from
Kerala, had plans to set up knowledge city for Islamic Studies
at Calicut in Kerala to facilitate youths to take up studies in
Islam. Those interested would be provided facilities to reside
in the city with their parents and take up the studies, he
added. Mr. Manzari said there were also plans to build the
biggest Jama Masjid which could accommodate 25,000 people at a
time in the knowledge city.
THE HINDU 28/03/2011
ICF Kuwait organized 2nd International
The 2nd. International Meelad Conference held on Friday, 4th
March 2011, organized by ICF Kuwait National Committee to
celebrate the Birth day of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It was a
colorful and spiritually enlightening evening attended by
thousands of believers and well-wishers from all over Kuwait.
The event was started with Dua of the grate scholar Thajul Ulama
Sayed Abdul Rahman Al Bukhari Ullal followed by recitation of
verses from the Holy Quran by Mr. Yousuf Ali. Mr.Shukoor
Kaipuram Gen. Secretary ICF welcomed the guests of the event.
Abdulla Vadakara introduced the delegates from different part of
the world to the audience. Abdul Hakeem Darimi, the president of
ICF Kuwait has briefed the ICF activities in Kuwait.
SYS a socio-Cultural, religious organization working among the
Keralites in Kuwait for the last three decades has changed its
name as ICF (Islamic Cultural Foundation of India) with this
conference. The change was declared by Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmed.
Thajul Ulama Sayed Abdul Rahman Al Bukhari Ullal, the honorable
President of Samastha Kerala Jam’iyathul Ulama was the polestar
of the total event. In his presidential address, Thajul Ulama
has underlined the importance of the month of Rabi-ul-awwal and
its significance in the whole of human history because of the
birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Honorable HE Indian Ambassador
Mr. Ajai Malhotra inaugurated the conference by addressing the
audience and he reiterated the significance of Meelad
celebrations to show our respect and reverence to the Holy
Prophet, who heralded a new message of peace and prosperity for
the suffering mankind. Also he emphasized the bilateral
relationship with India and Kuwait. He also highlighted the
kindness of Kuwait government towards Indian expatriates.
Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad, The General Secretary of All India
Muslim Scholars Association, was the key note speaker of the
Conference. Each and every word of his speech was truly
inspiring. He emphasized the importance of the celebration and
observance of the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), who diverted
totally the very stream of the human history. In his address, he
reminded the audience to live their lives according to Prophet’s
Sunnah. We should study his life and look at his amazing and
simple lifestyle. Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad reemphasized prophet’s
greatness, his humility, his kindness, his compassion, his
gentleness, his firmness in Islamic principles, his love and his
concern for his Ummah throughout his speech.
The Conference was attended by many prominent scholars such as
Ponmala Abdul Qadar Musliar (President SYS Kerala state), Abdul
Latheef Sa’adi Pazhassi, Shaikh Hamad Ahmed Sinan, (Kuwait),
Shaikh Waleed (Syria), Dr. Ahmed Ramadan (Egypt) Moulavi Ajwad (Srilanka),
Shaikh Nasir Rabbani (Tamil Nadu (Kuwait), Abdul Rasheed Zaini
(Karnataka) Syed Zainul Abideen were also present on the stage.
The event was truly a unique program that showed the audiences’
love for the Prophet in a way that truly represented Islamic
unity and brotherhood. The program was coordinated by Ahmed K
Maniyoor, Abdul Nazar CK, Adv. Thanveer Omar, Eng. Abu Mohammad,
Noufal KK. The vote of thanks was given by Abdul Latheef CT.
Sunni Students Federation
Holds Eid-Milad Rally
Mangalore, Mar 2: To mark the feast of Eid Milad,
the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) held a "Milad rally" on
Wednesday 2 March 2011 from the Pumpwell circle to Don Bosco
Hall, Mangalore. The rally began from the Pumpwell Mahaveera
Circle at 2.30 pm. Children from various schools and Scouts
marched in the rally by holding SSF flags. The SSF members
shouted slogans throughout the march. All the participants
gathered in Don Bosco Hall. Ismail welcomed the guests and the
gathering. The convention "Labbaika Ya Rasulallah", was formally
inaugurated by DK District organizing secretary of SSF, Basheer
Madaniat. In his inaugural speech he said that, the name Sunnis
used to refer to themselves, reflected the ideal of community
solidarity - “The people of tradition (sunna) and the
community.” Historically, Sunni Muslims have looked towards the
consensus of the community, known as ijma, to determine points
of doctrine and behaviour.
According to a well-known hadith, Prophet Muhammad declared, “My
people will never agree together on an error.” Consensus
therefore became a powerful force for conformity within Sunni
Islam. Although these schools differed slightly in terms of the
methodology they employed to discover God’s will, all agreed on
the Qur’an and the example of Prophet Muhammad as the ultimate
source of truth.
DK SSF president Isac Zahari in his presidential speech said
that "Islam is considered to be one of the largest religions
practised in the world. For many of us, Islam is apparently one
cohesive religion with a few fanatics here and there. But in
reality, there are two different branches of the Islam religion.
Sunni Muslims believed that the rightful heir of Mohammad’s
place as leader of the Islam religion is one who is voted on the
basis of consensus of the Islam communities."
He also said that no one from SSF was involved in terrorism,
goondaism, looting, robbery or any other illigal activities. SSF
is a peacefull Muslim community which is spreading love and
peace around. "We are not seeing the hunger and enjoying our
meal; instead we feed the hungry first . We are not giving any
opportunity to spoil the peace in the society." He urged the
youth not to join any organization without knowing their
activities. He called upon the youth to serve the mankind with
peace and dedication.
Participants from the city and around were present in the rally
as well as in the convention. Mohammed Fazil Kavalaktte, G M
Mohammed Kamil Sakhafi, N K Shafi Sa'adi Bangalore, Abdul Hameed
Bajpe, M B M Swadiq Malebettu, K B Sulaiman Sakhafi, U K
Mohammed Sa'adi Valavoor, J M Mohammed Kamil Sakhafi, Ibrahim
Bava Haji abd Abdurasheed Haji, Mangalore were present on the
SYS International Meelad
Conference on Friday
Samastha Kerala Sunni Yuvanjana Sangham (SYS) Kuwait organize
International Meelad Conference on Friday, 4th March 2011 at
Abbasiya Touristic Park. Thajul Ulama Sayid Abdurahman AlBukhari
Ullal will preside the conference, in which Kanthapuram AP
Aboobaker Musliyar will give his speech to the public. This was
announced by the organizers in a press meet held at Duwaihi
Palace Restaurant at Farwaniya.Program will begin at 4:00 pm.
Separate sitting arrangements are made for ladies, informed the
Netting some memorable moments
in the sea
Syed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari Thangal, chairman of Ma'dinu
Ssaquafathil Islamiyya, led a group of people to fishing in the
Arabian Sea over the weekend. They caught quite a handful of
sardines and mackerels, but the time spent at sea, along with
fishermen of Chettippadi on a large fishing vessel, appealed to
them more. There were three dozen fishermen on the boat, who
explained to Mr. Bukhari the secrets and risks of fishing. They
let him steer the boat at a speed of 10 to 12 knots and showed
him how to detect fish shoals with the help of sonar.
“We rarely think of the hardships the fishermen undergo when we
savour tasty fish dishes. We complain about the high price. But
nothing can substitute the risk these men take to catch fish. We
need to salute their efforts,” said Mr. Bukhari after the
voyage. They set out at dawn from Padinjarekkara wharf and was
back by evening. “The eight hours we spent at sea were
unforgettable,” said Abdul Salam from Oman. “It was a
once-in-lifetime experience. Money can give you opportunities to
go to sea, but not with fishermen when they are on the job,” he
They cooked breakfast and lunch on the boat. “The taste of fresh
seer fish we cooked still lingers,” said Umer Melmuri, a young
entrepreneur. The voyage helped them understand the lives of
fishermen better. “We are certainly more empathetic towards them
now than we used to be,” said Mr. Umer.
The fishermen were only too happy to take a religious figure
like Mr. Bukhari along with them. “We will never forget this
day,” said Abdul Saleem, the owner of the boat Khaleel.
Mr. Bukhari prayed for the well-being of all fishermen. As he
disembarked from the boat at the quay, more fishermen were seen
vying to get a chance to kiss his hand. And he did not
THE HINDU 15/02/2011