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'Reciting 1 million Surah Al Fatiha' initiative launched
Abu Dhabi:
Marking the 'Year of Zayed', a unique 'Reciting one million Surah Al Fatiha' initiative was launched in the UAE capital.

Sheikh Kanthapuram AP Abu Bakr Musliyar, general secretary of All India Muslim Scholars Association, launched the initiative dedicated to the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Abu Bakr noted that Sheikh Zayed always sought love and harmony in the world.

"The UAE's Founding Father was a beacon of hope. He promoted the message of peace and tolerance. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed, the Jamiaa Islamic Sunni Culture Centre has adopted the 'Reciting one million Surah Al Fatiha' initiative," Abu Bakr said.

"This will help to raise awareness among the community about the noble help extended by Sheikh Zayed to the people of India and its charitable institutions." Abu Bakr said the UAE has accepted millions of expats and helped equal number of people in distress. The Kerala-based leader lauded the contributions made by the UAE leaders in his home state. "The help in various sectors are highly commendable."

He added: "Sheikh Zayed was the main source of inspiration for Islamic institutions in India and it's a legacy that lasted for the past four decades. Sheikh Zayed has made remarkable efforts to achieve the principles of peace and security not only in the GCC, but throughout the world. he has made significant contributions in spreading the values of unity and brotherhood worldwide."

Abu Bakr noted more such events will be launched throughout the year in honour of Sheikh Zayed. Meanwhile, Dr Mohammad Farooq Al Naeemi, UAE President's Ramadan guest scholar, said the UAE is following an apt religious approach to a multiethnic, multi-religious society. "All residents of the country enjoy full freedom for peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance." Community leaders like Indian Islamic Centre president Bava Haji, LuLu Group chairman Yusuff Ali MA among others were present at the event at the launch.


Sunni centre to adopt 100 villages
KOZHIKODE: Markazu Saqafathi Sunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) led by Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar has decided to adopt 100 villages in the country as part of the 41st anniversary of the institution.
Dr Wael Albattrekhi, deputy head of Palestine embassy in India, inaugurated the programme held at Markaz on Wednesday. He stated that Markaz's activities have been incredible as the institution carefully engages the marginalised communities in the country.
Kanthapuram handed over a cheque of Rs 1.5 crore to orphans at the function. In his address, the Sunni leader said Markaz had spread its activities to 22 states decades before to improve the living conditions of poor people. Now, Markaz has extended its activities by adopting 100 villages as part of as part of the mission's focus on educational and humanitarian activities, he said.
Sayyid Zainul Abideen Bafakhi Thangal launched 'One Million Notebooks' project and Chennai district judge Zakkir Hussain inaugurated the smart village project during the occasion. C Muhammed Faizy, the general manager of Markaz, delivered the keynote address.
Besides providing food and shelter to the residents, Markaz will impart education and training in the 100 villages with the intention of changing the status of villages. Markaz also will supply one million notebooks and other educational equipment to underprivileged students. As part of Markaz Orphan Care Project, 5000 orphans are being given financial aid.

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Mangaluru: 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 acts.
"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.

Students exhorted to fight fascism, immorality
Professional students’ 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 social freedom.
“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 Sunday. THE HINDU

Islamist terrorism an offshoot of Salafism, says Kanthapuram
Conference of students organised by SSF held
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. THE HINDU

UCC will 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 Sharia.”

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 HINDU 26/11/2016

Separate 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 said.

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 OF INDIA

Calicut varsity withdraws textbook with extremist Salafi ideology, for a second time
The textbook “Kithabu Thouheed” was withdrawn after protests by the Sunni Students Federation (SSF).

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 extremism.
“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 Studies”.
"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.

Calicut 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.

Jamaat meet
Sunni leader Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar has said that Sharia laws were perennial and practical.
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.

Withdrawal of textbook with Salafist ideas sought
KOZHIKODE: 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.

SSF to celebrate communal amity
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 attend.
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

Kohli 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 studies.
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 News

'Fight terror with education'-Kanthapuram
'Kerala scholar Kanthapuram says Indian politicians can learn a lot from UAE leaders

Education 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 Masjid?

Yes, the plan is still under process. It will be in Kozhikode.

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 implemented?

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 Kerala?

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 inefficiency.

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 is possible.

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 helping hand.

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 tradition.
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 ideology today.
“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.
Ashraf Padanna Gulf Times 29/08/2015

All India Sunni Jameyatul Ulema criticized Pam Rajput Comm recommendations

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.

“The 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. 24/07/2015

All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama opposes Centre's move to categorise OBCs in three groups
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 Commission.
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 demanded.
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 move.

Muslim scholars urge to get united and sophisticated to work for overall development
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, Bareilly, UP.
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 Delhi.
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 Raza.
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a Delhi-based classical Islamic research scholar and English-Arabic-Urdu writer. He can be contacted at:grdehlavi@gmail.com

Religious Conversion; Not quantity, but quality of believers matters: Kanthapuram

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 celebrations.

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. 21/12/2014

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 Islam.
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.
Global issue
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 the conference.
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 19/11/2014

Muslims told to shun agitations

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.
Arab News16/11/2014

Kingdom deserves accolades for hassle-free Haj:

Indian scholar
Hassan Cheruppa
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 recalled.
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.” Saudi Gazette.

Kerala 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 sacrificial meat.
“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

New 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 country.

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. 19/09/2014

Liquor Ban: Kanthapuram Warns Govt
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

Madinah emir lauds Saudi-India relations
Hassan Cheruppa
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 League.
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 respects.
“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 19

Madinah 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 picture.


25 couples enter wedlock at SSF silver jubilee event

Mangalore, Jan 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.

Religious 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."

He further 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," he said.

The silver 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. 02/01/2014

Lacs attending Islamic Conference in the Bareilly city on annual Urs-e-Ala Hazrat

Bareilly: 29th 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, Bareilly. 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 Bareilly city, the great scholar was given the reverential title of Ala 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 Saudi Arabia. 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 Quran.

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 Pakistan 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 Europe have already reached in the city which is being decorated in a very beautiful manner.

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. 29/12/2013

Indian cleric 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'

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 meeting.
“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 minority students.
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 others.
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 various sessions.

‘Innocent Muslim youths are being framed’
Kochi: 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 (Kerala).
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 disturbing.”
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 secretary.
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 26/04/2013

UAE Participates in Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference in Kerala

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 celebrations’ events.
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Nahyan 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.”
WAM 03/12/2012

New Knowledge 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,” he added.
Markazu will also hold its 35th annual convocation conference in India from January 4 to 6.
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Markaz 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

Knowledge 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.
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Muslim scholar condemns violence over anti-Islam film

Thiruvananthapuram: 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.

"The Muslim 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. 
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Ma'din chairman visited Assam

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 India. 10/09/2012 aks

A Ma’din pledge against terrorism
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’ sanctity
Makkah: 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

Indian 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. 08/08/2012

MSO holds annual meet in Ajmer,

vows 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.
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‘Disciplined life will bring success’

NRIs have played key role in development of Oman and India: Kanthapuram

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 Abdurahman. 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. Times News Service 20/02/2012

Yadav lauds Markazu for its services


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. 12/09/2011 PTI | 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 stability.”
“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.

Sunni Students' 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 Meelad Conference
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.
indiansinkuwait.com 11/03/201

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 dais. mangalorean.com

SYS International Meelad Conference on Friday
Kuwait: 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 organizers.
Indiansinkuwait 27/02/2011

Netting some memorable moments in the sea
MALAPPURAM: 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.
A salute
“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 said.
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 disappoint anyone.
THE HINDU 15/02/2011

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