religious body in Kerala calls for eschewing
Kozhikode (PTI): Expressing
concern over reports that youths from Kerala
are involving themselves in extremist
activities, a Muslim religious body on Tuesday
gave a call for eschewing violence and
maintain amity. `It is disturbing to note that
our state has also come under terror cloud now
and every effort will be made to maintain
unity among all sections', Samastha Kerala
Jam-Iyyathul Ulama General Secretary,
Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar told
reporters here. As part of its continuing
endeavourto maintain peace, the religious body
would hold a meeting here on November 12 to
create awareness among people belonging to all
communities against the dangers of extremism,
he said. `Whoever indulges in acts of
terrorism must be isolated from the mainstream
and the people should be allowed to live in
peace', he said, adding that the outfit also
planned to hold mass conventions across the
state to spread the message of secularism. To
a specific query that all the four suspected
terrorists hailing from the state and killed
in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir recently
belonged to minority community, he said `it is
our duty to stop people belonging to any
community from engaging in such activities'.
Asked if the Muslim outfit National
Development Front was involved in
fundamentalist acts, he said it was for the
government to ascertain the activities of such
Don't brand Muslims as
Mangalore Oct 13, 2008: "There are about 20 crore
Muslims in India and if about 100 persons are involved in
terrorist activities, why do you brand all Muslims as
terrorists?" questioned former minister C M Ibrahim. Speaking to
media persons here on Sunday, he said that Islam never
encourages terrorism and there is no link between Islam and
terrorism. Flaying the arrests of innocents, Mr Ibrahim warned
that there are all possibilities of such people turning a
criminal after they were released. He also flayed the police for
conducting repeated narco-analysis tests on same persons
(especially when the police fail to get any evidence), and said
that there are records to prove that the repeated tests have
serious mental imbalance on the person. He also appealed to the
media to give equal publicity when a person arrested on some
charges is released after he is proved innocent. Speaking on the
occasion, All India Sunni Scholars’ Federation General Secretary
A P Aboobakker Musliyar Kanthapuram sought to know how a
religion is responsible if some persons have done some mischief.
Stating that terrorism is an enemy of humanity, he called upon
the youth to fight against evil forces. At the same time, he
regretted that Muslims are made scapegoats in the name of Jehad.
He also urged the authorities concerned not to arrest the
innocent youth in the name of “suspected terrorists."
Islamic Cultural Centre Chairman Yenepoya Abdulla
Kunhi regretted that Muslim terrorists who are hardly about 100
in number were bringing disgrace to a population of 20 crore
Muslims in India. “Their indiscriminate killings of innocents
are polarising the whole society. Consequently, the Muslims are
losing their jobs and finding it difficult to get houses for
rent," he said and added that more depressing fact is that they
tarnish the image of Islam by misquoting the holy text.
Kanthapuram deplores burning of textbooks
take up agitations which malign the community’
MALAPPURAM: All India Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary and Islamic
scholar Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar has warned the
people against taking agitations out of bounds. Inaugurating
a meeting organised by the Samastha Kerala Sunni Yuvajana
Sangham (SYS) here on Thursday, the Sunni leader said that
any agitation for any cause should be justifiable and
productive. “No agitation should be allowed to lead to a
situation where the name of a community is maligned,” he
said referring to the ongoing agitation against the
controversial Class VII social sciences textbook.
On teacher’s death
Deploring the burning of textbooks by the activists of the Muslim
Students Federation (MSF) and the violent incidents that led
to the death of James Augustine, headmaster of
Valillapuzha, during a cluster training programme at
Kizhisseri, Mr. Kanthapuram said that those incidents had
brought shame on a section of the community. He called upon
the society to transcend political and religious boundaries
to fight all kinds of immorality.
Mr. Kanthapuram demanded that an investigation be launched into the
alleged bribing of Lok Sabha members during the confidence
motion moved by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)
incident has brought shame on the country, he said. Samastha
Mushawara member Sayed Husain Shihab Thangal presided over
the function. The Hindu
should play a constructive role
JEDDAH: The media has a duty to report news conscientiously and
ensure human values are safeguarded. This was the conclusion of
a media seminar organized by Risala Study Circle, the Gulf unit
of the Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SSF).
Participants at the seminar, which was organized to mark 25
years of the publication of their weekly organ Risala, said the
fourth estate has a duty to culturally, socially and politically
N.M. Muhammad Sadique Saqafi, SSF's Kerala state committee vice
chairman, delivered a paper on the Media's Role in Creating
Social Awareness in Society.
Society also has the duty toward correcting the media when it
deviates from its objectives. The media should correct society
when it deviates from its values. It is a two-way role, he said.
He added that the media should not hide facts. The media should
stick to facts and report news objectively without any fear and
favor, he said.
The seminar was inaugurated by Siraj Wahab of Arab News who
praised the positive role that Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed (alias
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar), secretary of the All
India Jamiyyathul Ulema, is playing in improving the condition
of Muslims in India.
We need people like him to open channels of communication with
people of other faiths to check the campaign against Islam,
Wahab said. He further paid tributes to Keralite Muslims for
taking a lead at a time when Indian Muslims were experiencing
difficulties. Muslims in the rest of India will forever remain
indebted to the Muslims of Kerala for providing religious,
cultural and political leadership, said Wahab.
There is a leadership crisis in the north but the south, and
especially Kerala, has through dozens of quality newspapers and
periodicals highlighted Muslim issues in a positive and
constructive way, he added.
Speakers at the seminar, which was well attended, also included
Ibrahim Shamnad of Madhyamam daily, Usman Irumpuzhi of Amrita
TV, Rafiq of Thejas Daily and freelance journalist Kunhi
Kerala school book triggers protests
13 (IANS) A social studies textbook for Class VII in Kerala has
sparked protests, with some saying it is promoting atheism and
others questioning its treatment of national leaders. Both the
Kerala Students Union (KSU), which is linked to the Congress
party, and the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) are up in arms
against the book issued by the education department.
The SSF says
that the second chapter of the book promotes the idea that there
is no need for religion.
does not promote any religion using public funds. The same way
the government should desist from propagating irreligious
ideas,” said Syed Muhammed Turab Thangal, the state president of
The SSF is also
offended by the portrayal of Vakkom Abdul Khader Maulavi, a
Muslim social reformer of the early last century, as a
renaissance leader. The KSU’s grievances are over the portrayal
of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. “There is
no mention of important people from Kerala like Ayyankali, Sree
Narayana Guru and Chattambi Swamikal. The book has a picture of
Gandhiji, but a disfigured one at that,” said Hybi Eden, the
state president of KSU.
Wednesday burnt pages from the book. On Thursday, the SSF held
state-wide protest marches.
Kashmiri Students Bee Line To Kerala For Free Education
KOZHIKODE : Hundreds of Kashmiri children
orphaned by the over decade-long militancy
in the State have been making a bee line to
the city to avail of free education at "Markaz,"
one of the biggest Islamic institutions of
learning in the country. Over 4,600 km away
from Kashmir, the Markaz has emerged as a
refuge and seat of learning for the
children from the militancy-hit districts
of Jammu and Kashmir.
It all began with the visit of Kanthapuram
A P Abboobacker Musaliyar, the head of the
Markaz and a prominent religious head from
Kerala, to Kashmir in 2002 during which the
then Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed requested to him to permit
the orphaned children to get educated in
his institution, which catered to destitute
children from different States.
Musaliyar agreed to Sayeed's request and
threw open the doors of his host of Murkaz-run
educational institutions at Kasnthur here
which offered a range of courses like
degrees in arts, nursing, lab technicians,
electronics, electrical, fitting and
plumbing, driving, handicrafts, stitching,
designing and painting besides religious
courses. While the first batch of 254
children arrived here from
Kashmir in December 2004, it has now become a regular journey for
the kids to follow suit their elders with a
fresh batch of 30 children landing here on
"No doubt, it is a new lease of life for
them and they are excelling not only in
education but also in other activities like
sports," says Mahar Jeelani, Assistant
Superintendent at the 'Kashmiri Bhavan',
set up at the Markaz six months ago
exclusively for Kashmiri students. Coming
mainly from the districts of Kupwara,
Shopain and Pulwama in the Valley, hit hard
by militancy, the children did not feel at
ease initally being so far away from their
homes. "But, their attitude and approach
soon changed as they found they can move
around freely even after sun set unlike in
Kashmir," Jeelani, also the first Kashmiri
teacher at Markaz, said.
Admitting that some students were sent back
as they could not adjust to the climatic
and cultural changes, he said a majority of
them, however, enjoyed the facilities and
wanted to make a career for themselves. "We
are teaching them mainly to be patriotic as
they are from a State that has witnessed so
much of militancy," Jeelani said, adding
three Kashmiri students secured distinction
in the SSLC examinations last year. The
children have also excelled in
co-curricular activities. They lifted the
sub-junior State boxing title in 2006,
while another group of children had come
out with a CD comprising a series of
scintillating songs titled 'Kashmiri
Gulisthan', he said.
"The students from Kashmir are extremely
talented which only shows that had the
State been free from violence, the rate of
literacy would have risen considerably,"
Jeelani said. Says Mubasheer Amin from
Kupwara, who joined Markaz as a fifth
standard student two years ago: "I could
not get education in my home town due to
disruptive activities and my family was
also too poor to feed me".
Adopted by Markaz, Amin is now quite
conversant in English and can also chat in
chaste Malayalam, with local students
offering him good support. "There are
several unidentified terrorist hideouts in
my area forcing my parents to send me
here," says Amir Shareef Baba, an SSLC
student, who hails from Shopain, recently
carved out of Pulwama District.
For Mohammad Imran Bhatt, a class X
student, whose father was shot dead in
front of his eyes, Kerala is a better place
to live. "I feel Kerala is better than my
home. I want to complete my education and
settle down here," he said, adding Markaz
also encouraged him to promote his cricket
skills. Markaz or 'Markazu Ssaquafathi
Ssunniyya', meaning Centre for Sunnis
strictly adhering to the tenets of Islam,
has about 20 schools across the State and
also abroad. The Markaz here has 1,500
students. Like the Kashmiri Bhavan, it has
also started a 'Canada House' at Punur in
Koduvally near here where besides Canadians
other foreigners are also imparted
While Markaz does not charge fee from
economically weaker sections and also offer
them free food and accommodation, it
charges nominal fee for boarding from the
'well-to-do' ones. Though Markaz does not
enjoy State or Central grants, it receives
substantial funds and donations from within
and abroad, mainly the Gulf. Offering
admission only to those belonging to the
Islamic community, its teaching faculty,
however, comprises members from other
communities also. Besides providing school
education upto Plus Two, Markaz also runs
an Arts College and helps its students to
pursue higher education in collaboration
with several leading companies like ITC. (PTI)
Asked to Implement Sachar Panel Report
DELHI — All India Sunni Jam’iathul Ulama General
Secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar
met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on
Tuesday and requested him to table the Sachar
Commission report in Parliament and allocate the
required funds for its implementation in the next
budget. He also urged the prime minister to allow
the establishment of a university for expatriates
in Malabar as part of the implementation of the
Sachar Commission report.
that the backwardness of Muslims portrayed by the
Sachar Commission could be rectified only through
proper allocation of funds and giving directions
to state governments to implement the proposals.
The Muslim leader said remittances from the Gulf
is the backbone of the country’s economy. As 63
percent of the Gulf expatriates are from the
Malabar region, it is imperative on the federal
government to build the proposed NRI university
in Malabar, he argued.
He also informed
the prime minister about the unhappiness of
Indian Muslims on the country’s growing ties with
Israel, which constantly violates international
laws and conventions and massacres innocent
Palestinians who fight for their legitimate right
for a homeland. He said signing defense
agreements with the Zionist state and opening
facilities in Sriharikota to launch Israeli spy
satellites are against India’s independent and
neutral foreign policy followed from the time of
Jawaharlal Nehru. Kanthapuram urged the prime
minister to refrain from forging improved ties
with Israel. The prime minister assured
Kanthapuram that he would consider his demands.
Hostel opened for
Kozhikode: An exclusive hostel for Kashmiri students residing at the
Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural
Centre) at Karanthur here was inaugurated on
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Abdullah
Ebrahim Alzoy Alshehhi inaugurated the hostel,
Emirates House. Over 200 out of the 10,000
students from different parts of the State are
undergoing education at the Markazu. The Red
Crescent funded the project.
The construction of the Emirates House incurred an expenditure of Rs.75
lakh. The three-storeyed building has an office
on each floor, canteen and staff room. Apart from
hostel rooms, there is a conference hall. A rest
room on the roof top, computer lab and library
and reading room are the other facilities.
In his keynote address, Markazu general secretary Kanthapuram A.P.
Aboobacker Musaliyar said all the students from
Kashmir were provided food and shelter for the
past three years. Four years ago, the then Chief
Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammed
Sayeed had approached the Markazu to impart
education to the students from the economically
poor families in
Kashmir, he said.
The Relief and Project manager of Red Crescent
Abdullah Ali El Hoosni was the chief guest on the
occasion. Mementoes were presented to Mr. Hoosni
and Mr. Alshehhi. Minister for Industries
Elamaram Karim inaugurated the Handicraft
Training Centre at the centre. T.K. Hamsa, MP,
offered felicitations. Markazu administrator M.A.
Hakkim Azhari, president Sayyid Fasal Shihab
Jifree, vice-president Sayyid Ali Bafakhi Thangal,
and others spoke.
Kanthapuram's plea to help NRIs
Decline in value
of U.S. dollar
Sunni leader Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musaliar
has appealed to the governments at the Centre and
State to come to the help of middle-class
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are in serious
financial trouble because of the decline in value
of U.S. dollar and the sharp increase in price of
rice and other essential commodities in their
home State. Inaugurating a convention of NRIs
here on Thursday, Aboobacker Musaliar said people
in the State who were dependent on remittances
from their relatives abroad had also been badly
affected by the price rise.
The Sunni leader, who is also the general
secretary of All India Sunni Jam Eyyathul Ulema,
expressed concern at reports about problems
facing Haj pilgrims. He urged Air India
authorities to ensure availability of Zumzum holy
water for the pilgrims and take other measures
for the Hajis to have a hassle-free pilgrimage.
The convention adopted a resolution welcoming the
announcement that foreign airliners would be
allowed to operate from Calicut airport and the
Chief Minister's decision to visit Gulf countries
for a first hand feel of Non-Resident Keralites'
Syed Ali Baffakki Thangal presided over the
Scholar Calls for Drive Against Extremism
K. Abdul Majeed,
A prominent Indian scholar has called for an
effective campaign to counter extremism and
suicide attacks.“Suicide bombings are against the
basic principles of Islam. They are anti-Islamic.
We need to enlighten Muslims about the negative
effects of extremism,” Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed
alias Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar,
secretary, All India Jamiyyathul Ulema, told Arab
News.“Muslims should be taught that Islam does
not approve of killings,” the scholar said,
adding that the Ummah should whole-heartedly
embrace the message of unity and solidarity “that
is so beautifully conveyed through Haj.”
said that all communities should promote the
spirit of love, cooperation, harmony and
brotherhood. He underlined the importance of
preaching love among people, “particularly when
the world is facing terrorism and atrocities.”He
also reminded Muslims that their actions must be
motivated by the love of Allah and His Messenger
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Sheikh
Aboobacker urged Muslims to refrain from
activities that might create misunderstandings
among non-Muslims about Islam. He said extremism
and suicide attacks would not resolve any of the
problems faced by Muslims. He said it was wrong
to blame all Muslims for the evil activities of a
few individuals. “Miscreants are found in every
society but the entire society cannot be held
responsible for their misdeeds,” Sheikh
Aboobacker said. He accused the media of
tarnishing the image of Islam by generalizing
wrong actions of a few. Sheikh Aboobacker
commended the Saudi government for the excellent
arrangements that culminated in a very peaceful
and smooth Haj.
Sheikh Aboobacker is
also the general-secretary of the Markazu
Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya, a non-profit educational
institution based in Calicut, Kerala. According
to the scholar, the Markaz plays an important
role in the reawakening of Muslims in Kerala by
imparting religious and secular education
simultaneously. The institution offers shelter to
a large number of destitute children, especially
orphans. “Providing care to the helpless and
needy is the thrust of Markaz activities,” he
added. A total of 8,000 students are studying at
the Markaz including 1,500 orphans. They come
from different parts of India, including Kashmir
and Hariyana.Sheikh Aboobacker said the material
and moral support from the community helped the
institution reach its present level of
The Markaz runs 25 institutions including Shariat
College (that teaches Qur’an, Hadith and Fiqh),
English-medium schools, orphanages (for both
girls and boys), arts and commerce college,
college of technology and Tahfeezul Qur’an
College. “Preparations are under way to launch
professional courses such as MBA, BBA and D.
Pharm,” he said. The Markaz also runs a number of
polyclinics and hospitals aimed at helping the
poor. Markaz’s website
be accessed for more information.
in Nandigram, Sunni group tells Centre
Kozhikode (PTI): Holding the Left
Front government in West Bengal responsible for
the violence in Nandigram, a leading group of the
Sunni sect on Friday urged the Centre to play an
`active role' in restoring peace and normalcy in
"At the first instance, the
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya-led Government is to be
blamed for all the happenings there... but
subsequently the Centre also failed to intervene
effectively in ending the violence and restoring
peace", All-India Sunni Jamiat-Ul-Ulema General
Secretary, Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar
told reporters here.
"The Governments (State and
Centre) should remember that they are playing
with the lives of innocent people, who have no
protection to return to their homes", he said,
adding the Bengal Government should realise that
the state cannot progress by endangering the
interests of minorities.
Stating that the Centre had
sufficient powers to intervene in such a
sensitive issue, Musaliyar said when the state
Government failed to restore normalcy, the Centre
should not have delayed its action.
Referring to the Sachar Committee
recommendations, he said the matter should be
discussed in the Parliament and better benefits
ensured to the minorities.
should not go back on its assurances (to
implement the report) fearing opposition from
certain quarters', he added.
Cultural Centre opens school in Kashmir
Kozhikode (Kerala), With
teachers from Kerala, a Muslim cultural centre
here has set up a school in Jammu and Kashmir
's Rajouri district where hundreds of needy
children in the violence-hit region are provided
The Sunni Cultural Centre (Markazus
Saquafati Sunniyya) has been running the school
in Rajouri district of Jammu for a year. It also
sponsors some 500 school children in Kashmir
Valley. The school, which is recognised by the
state government, is from classes 1 to 8 and
follows the Central Board of Secondary Education
(CBSE) syllabus. The teachers from Kerala teach
Mathematics and English, said Abdul Hakkim, joint
secretary of the organisation. It all started
when the then Jammu and Kashmir chief minister
Mufti Mohammed Sayeed invited the cultural centre
to help impart education to needy children in the
state, where thousands of kids have been left
deeply scarred by the relentless separatist
violence. According to Hakkim, the school doesn't
focus just on violence-affected children but on
the needy in general.
'We decided to take up this
(educational venture) just to bring back to
school those children who have been affected by
various issues there,' Hakkim told IANS. 'The (
Jammu and Kashmir) government has extended all
support and we run the school in Rajouri with
teachers from Kerala and other states in North
India,' Hakim said. The centre is planning to
open an orphanage in the summer capital Srinagar
by next year. 'We have also decided to increase
the number of sponsorships in Kashmir Valley from
the present 500 students,' said Hakkim, who
frequently travels between Kerala and Kashmir.
Founded in 1978 by Kanthapuram
Aboobacker Musliyar, the centre works for
leadership qualities of Muslims in general. It
has been trying to improve the quality of
education among Muslims with the help of Arab and
other Muslim countries. Its centre in this city
has more than 8,000 students, including 1,500
orphans, as well as students from Kashmir. 'There
are more than 300 students here from various
districts in Jammu and Kashmir and also from
Haryana. The expenses for this centre are raised
through donations from our well wishers all over
the world,' said Hakkim.
Work for long lasting peace: Kanthapuram Abubacker Musaliar
Kerala: Expressing anguish over rising
intolerance towards humanity and the recent spurt
in violence in the state, the Samastha Kerala
Sunni Yuvajana Sangham today asked people to rise
above petty politics and work for long lasting
peace in the trouble prone areas.
"It's time we stop the tendency of indulging in
ruthless violence on fellow human beings in the
name of petty politics, taking into consideration
the trauma and agony of the affected families and
the victims who either lose life or are forced to
lead a painful life," All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul
Ulema General Secretary Kanthapuram A P Abubacker
Taking the law into one's hands and killing of
fellow human beings, either in the name of
politics or religion could never be justified and
people should strive to work for peaceful
co-existence and foster love and brotherhood
among one another, he told a press conference.
Expressing concern over the recent spurt in
clashes in parts of Kannur district, he said the
law and order situation would collapse if the
authorities concerned did not take timely action
to restore normalcy.
Abubacker said his organisation was ready to
extend all help to bring back normalcy in the
trouble-torn areas of the state.
Unveils Plan to Help Poor
K. Abdul Majeed,
Arab News, Jeddah
September 2007 —The Jeddah unit of Kerala-based
Sunni Yuvagana Sangham (SYS), an organization
that stresses on social and economic development,
announced Rs.2,500,000 in aid for the poor and
needy at a press conference here.
The unit set aside
this budget for the current year following a
meeting of its office-bearers here.
The aid will be
used to provide tools and equipment for workers
free of charge while a portion of the budget has
been set aside for education, medical treatment
and schemes that assist in marriages of poor
The SYS also plans
to give Rs.500 every month to each of some 140
destitute families in Kerala besides giving
sewing machines to 50 poor families. They also
plan to meet the educational expenses of
meritorious students and give scholarships to
poor students studying in religious institutions.
also finalized the statement of accounts for last
year highlighting the areas of aid given from the
Rs.2,000,000 amount spent. The money was used to
construct houses for poor families and fund
marriages. Construction of three housing units
has been completed and work on 10 houses are in
campaign is currently on highlighting the need to
curb social evils that affect family values. A
welfare committee has been set up to help people
facing various problems here. Cheroor Abdullah
Musliyar, Mohammad Ali Faizi, Abdurahiman
Malahiri, Abdurrab and Abdurazak Karinkallayi
attended the press conference.
Markaz Conference Concludes in Kerala
Mohammed Ashraf, Arab
KOZHIKODE, 13 February 2007 — The 29th
anniversary and 13th convocation conference of the leading Islamic
institution Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya came to a close at its
campus in Karanthur village 14 kilometers away from here Sunday.
Dr. Omar Abdullah Al-Kamel, eminent
scholar and leading businessman from Jeddah, inaugurated the
concluding session, which was presided by Syed Abdurrahman Al-Bukhari
of Ullal, a well-known Islamic scholar.
Eight hundred and fifty young scholars and
78 memorizers of the Holy Qur’an, who passed out from the Markaz
institutions, received their academic certifications.
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed, secretary-general
and the driving spirit of the Markaz, delivered the convocation
address in the presence of former federal minister C.M. Ibrahim and
leading NRI businessmen M.A. Yousuffali and Galfar Mohammed Ali.
Leading politicians, businessmen, scholars
and social workers attended various sessions of the three-day
conference that began Friday. An exhibition on Islamic history and
artifacts held in the city also attracted huge crowds from across
Kerala and the neighboring states.
While inaugurating the national
integration meeting, Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said
blaming and harassing a particular community in the name of terrorism
was a set back to national integrity.
“Persons bearing Muslim names are being
harassed in Mumbai and other places. The same trend was seen in Marad
near Kozhikode where religious fundamentalists unleashed terror by not
allowing hundreds of people to stay in their homes just because they
were Muslims,” the chief minister said referring to the aftermath of
2003 communal riots in Kerala’s fishing hamlet.
He said the government would take steps to
enable people of all religions to live together. There were however
instances of state governments directly and indirectly supporting the
actions of communalists. Muslim extremist groups had also unleashed
terror in the name of defense.
He said followers of both religions should
come forward to isolate communalists and terrorists in their
The chief minister said he was for
implementing Rajinder Sachar Committee’s report that has found
majority members of the Muslim community socially, financially and
“The case is a bit different in Kerala.
But the government has to pool in all resources to change the
backwardness of Muslims in North India,” he said.
In a memorandum to the chief minister,
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed said most of the provisions in the new law
calling for compulsory registration of all marriages were impractical
and requested that a final decision in this regard be taken only after
discussions with Muslim scholars.
Clear discussions should take place
regarding the issue of minority status for institutions run by the
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar
Ravi inaugurated the get-together of Kerala expatriate workers in the
Gulf. Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed chaired the session in which former
education minister E.T. Muhammed Basheer and representatives of the
Opposition leader Oommen Chandy
inaugurated the minority conference while Congress party’s State unit
president Ramesh Chennithala opened the conference on minority
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)
state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the history seminar in
which Forest Minister Binoy Viswam and legislators Aryadan Mohammed,
P.M.A. Salam, C.P. Mohammed and M.K. Premnath and several politicians
Addressing the convocation conference,
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed said the Markaz has become a center of hope and
expectation for orphans, destitute and the poor.
He said the Indian government should
strongly resist the encroachment of Israel against Masjid Al-Aqsa. “We
want the government to detach all the diplomatic relationship with
Israel which has presented only tortures and sufferings to the Muslim
world so far. The world should stand together to resist the Israeli
savagery,” he said while lauding the Saudi efforts to reconcile
warring Palestinian factions.
He also wanted an end to the exploitation
of Kerala workers in the Gulf by the state-run airline companies and
asked the government to take immediate steps to provide affordable air
Call to isolate communalists
Do not target one
particular community, says Chief Minister
Staff Reporter the HINDU
KOZHIKODE: The 29th
anniversary and 13th convocation ceremony of Markaz
Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) concluded at
Karanthur near here on Sunday.
Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan
inaugurated a national integration meeting organised in connection
with it. Mr. Achuthanandan said blaming and harassing a particular
community in the name of "terrorism'' was a set back to national
He said persons bearing Muslim names were
being harassed in Mumbai and other places. The same trend was seen in
Marad also. Religious fundamentalists unleashed terror by not allowing
hundreds of people to stay in their homes just because they belonged
to the Muslim community in Marad, he said.
The Chief Minister said the Government
would take steps to enable people of all religions to live together.
But those in the Government were resorting to violence. There were
instances of State Governments directly and indirectly supporting the
actions of communalists. Muslim fundamentalists had also unleashed
terror in the name of defence.
These attacks and counter attacks and
propagation of hatred became a threat to unity, Mr. Achuthanandan
He said followers of both religions should
come forward to isolate communalists and terrorists in their
Communalism cannot be resisted by another
type of communalism, he said.
"Putting an end to social backwardness is
necessary. The Rajinder Sachar Committee has found that majority
members of the Muslim community are socially, financially and
educationally backward. The case is a bit different in Kerala.
However, the Government has to pool in all resources to change the
backwardness of Muslims in North India," Mr. Achuthanandan said.
The steps recommended by the committee
should be implemented there, he said. The Chief Minister lauded the
role played by Markaz in promoting education.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the `Sneha
theeram' project, for the destitute, of the Sunni Cultural Centre on
Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya general
secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar said the reasons for
terrorism were illiteracy and unemployment. Mr. Aboobacker Musliyar
also presented a memorandum of the organisation to the Chief Minister.
It asked the Government to prevent `distorted minds' from indulging in
kindling communal hatred. It called for immediate steps to bring down
the spiralling prices of essential items in the State.
Most of the provisions in the new law
calling for compulsory registration of all marriages irrespective of
caste, creed or religion were `impractical and cruel.' The
organisation requested that a final decision in this regard be taken
only after discussions with Muslim scholars.
Clear discussions should take place
regarding the issue of minority status for institutions run by the
community. Industrialist M.A. Yousafali; Manjalamkuzhi Ali, P.T.A.
Rahim K.T. Jaleel and U.C. Raman, MLAs, spoke on the occasion.
National integration meet held
Staff Reporter, THE HINDU
KOZHIKODE: The 29th
anniversary and 13th convocation ceremony of Markaz
Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) concluded at
Karanthur near here on Sunday. Chief Minister V.S.
Achuthanandan inaugurated a national integration meeting
organised in connection with it.
Mr. Achuthanandan said blaming and
harassing a particular community in the name ``terrorism'' was a set
back to national integrity.12:02:07:Mon
Emigration Act to be amended
Staff Reporter, THE HINDU
KOZHIKODE: Union Minister for
Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Saturday
that the Emigration Act, 1983 would be amended.
The Minister was inaugurating an NRI meet
organised in connection with the 29th anniversary and 13th convocation
ceremony of Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) at
Karanthur. He said the Act would be amended with prominence given to
ensure protection of jobs of NRIs and to control the recruitment
agencies. A bill in this regard will be presented in the next session
of the Parliament.
He said changes would be made in the
People's Representative Act to ensure voting rights for NRIs. The new
legislation proposes to include all Indians who possess a valid Indian
passport in the voters list.
He said the Union Government was signing
agreements with various foreign countries to ensure job protection for
NRIs. The Government wanted to make this sector corruption-free as
well as simplify laws. It was also proposed to introduce a special
welfare scheme for NRIs, the Minister said.
Mr..Ravi said the Government was bound to
adopt a humanitarian stand towards Gulf Malayalis who contribute more
than 40 per cent of foreign revenue to the country.
Markazu general secretary Kantapuram A.P.
Aboobacker Musliar presented a memorandum of various problems of NRIs
to the Union Minister. A.K.Abdul Hameed, Kerala Haj Committee
Islam is against all kinds of
Former Kuwaiti Minister opens Markaz anniversary celebration
KOZHIKODE: Syed Yusuf
Hashim Rifee, former Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Kuwait,
inaugurated the 29th anniversary and 13th convocation ceremony of
Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni cultural centre) at Karanthur,
near here, on Friday.
At the inauguration, Mr. Rifee said Islam was against terrorism and
its aim is to build unity among all human beings. Delivering the
keynote address, Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran said
imperialist forces were bent on destroying Islam by arraigning it as
the accused in the name of terrorism. People of all countries should
unite against imperialist forces. One should attempt to introduce
Islam by scrupulously following rules mentioned in the Koran.
He said Islam never used force to make others accept its philosophy.
Observing that education had become a thing being denied to the common
man now, Mr. Premachandran said the Koran attached great importance to
education. According to the Koran, education was as important as air
Syed Ali Bafakhy Thangal, vice-president, Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniya,
presided over the function. Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar,
general secretary of the cultural centre; Syed Swabahudheen Rifayidi
from Baghdad; M.P. Veerendrakumar, MP; M.V. Shreyamskumar, MLA; and
K.K. Ahmed Kutty Musliyar, general convener, reception committee;
Earlier, hundreds of people participated in a procession taken out
from Kunnamangalam to the venue at Markaz. Mr. Thangal hoisted the
flag at the venue.
The three-day anniversary and convocation event, which began here on
Friday, is witnessing a series of programmes. International religious
leaders and representatives from various political parties are
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will
inaugurate an expatriates' get-together at noon on Saturday. Minister
for Industries Elamaram Karim will be the chief guest. The former
Ministers E.T . Mohammed Basheer and K. Muraleedharan will
Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan
will inaugurate a history seminar at 2 p.m. Minister for Forest Benoy
Viswom and T.K. Hamza, MP, will participate. Leader of the Opposition
Oommen Chandy will inaugurate a minority conference at 4 p.m. Kerala
Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala, and P.P. Koya,
Lakshadweep MP, will speak.
Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Muhammed Kutty will
inaugurate the education conference at 7 p.m. An all-India students'
meet will be held at
8 p.m. Delegates from various parts of
India will speak on
Markaz Conference Draws
Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News
KOZHIKODE, 10 February
2007 - A three-day conference marking the 29th anniversary of the
founding of Markazu Ssaqafati Ssunniyya, an Islamic educational and
cultural institution popularly known as Sunni Markaz, began at
Karanthur, 14 kilometers from Kozhikode, yesterday.
Thousands of people
reached the Markaz Complex in a procession where Syed Fazal Shihab
Al-Jifri hoisted the flag.
President M.A. Abdul
Qader Musliyar opened the conference while Water Resources Minister
N.K. Premachandran delivered the keynote address. Souvenirs and other
books published in connection with the conference were distributed at
the function. M.P. Veerandrakumar, the Janata Dal (Secular) lawmaker,
was the chief guest.
Top political leaders
led by Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, Overseas Indian
Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and prominent NRI businessmen will
attend different sessions of the conference. Dr. Abdullah Omar Kamel,
an eminent scholar and a leading businessman from Jeddah, Shaikh Ali
Al-Hashmi from UAE, former federal minister and Janata Dal (Secular)
leader C.M. Ibrahim, M.A. Yusuffali of Emke group and Dr. P. Muhammed
Ali of the Galfar group will speak at the concluding session tomorrow.
Ahmed, secretary-general of the Markaz, said he has plans to start
courses in engineering, traditional health sciences, nursing and
Minister Vayalar Ravi will open the conclave of the expatriates today.
Tomorrow, Maulana Mufti
Mutheeurrahman will inaugurate an international conference on Muslims
which will be presided over by Dr. Ibrahim Rifayi and Sayyid Habeeb
Zainul Abideen Ali Al-Jifry from Yemen will deliver the keynote
address. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate a
conference on national integration under the chairmanship of
Kanthapuram Abu Bakr Ahmed.
for Markaz anniversary fete
Kozhikode : All arrangements have been
made for the 29th anniversary and 13th convocation ceremony of Markaz
Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) which is scheduled to
begin at Karanthur here on Friday.
The three-day anniversary and convocation
event will witnesses a series of programmes participated by
international religious leaders and representatives from various
political parties, Markaz president Sayyid Fazal Shihab Al Jifry and
general secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar, told a
newspersons here on Wednesday.
The formal opening of the anniversary will
start with the visit (Ziyarath) at the resting place of the leaders of
the Markaz at 2 p.m. on Friday. A procession would be taken out at
Kunnamangalam town at 3 p.m.
Sunni Education Board president M.A. Abdul
Qadir Musliyar will inaugurate the programme at 4.30 p.m. Minister for
Water Resources N.K. Premachandran will deliver the keynote address.
M.P. Veerendrakumar, MP, will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Reception committee chairman Sayyid Ali
Bafaqi Thangal will chair the session. Souvenirs and books will also
be released at the inaugural session. A.P. Muhammed Musliyar
Kanthapuram will inaugurate the spiritual congregation at 7 p.m.
Moulana Shakir Noorani will deliver the keynote address. Spiritual
leaders from India and abroad will participate in the Dikr Majlis at
A management representatives' meet and an
ideology conference will be held at two different venues on Saturday.
P.P. Muhyudheen Kutty Musliyar Parannur will inaugurate the management
representatives' meet while Ponmala Abdul Qadir Musliyar will
inaugurate the ideology conference at 9 a.m.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs
Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate the "Expatriates Get-together" at noon.
Minister for Industries Elamaram Karim will be the chief guest. Former
Ministers E.T. Mohammed Basheer and K. Muraleedharan will also
participate. Chairman of the Kerala Haj Committee A.K. Abdul Hameed
will preside over the session.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) State
secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the history seminar at 2
p.m. Minister for Forest Benoy Viswom, T.K. Hamsa, MP, Aryadan
Muhammed, P.M.A. Salam and C.P. Mohammed, MLAs, will participate at
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy
will inaugurate the minority conference at 4 p.m. Kerala Pradesh
Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala, P.P. Koya, MP, will
speak at the conference.
The education conference will be held at 7
p.m. Minister for Local Administration Paloli Muhammed Kutty will
inaugurate the conference. Dr. Sayyid Muhammed Ameen of Aligarh
University will take part in the programme.
The All India Students Meet will be held
at 8 p.m. Delegates from various parts of India will speak on
The International Muslim Conference will
be held on Sunday. Moulana Mufti Mutheeu Rahman from Bihar will
inaugurate the conference at 8 a.m. Sayyid Habeeb Zainul Abideen Ali
Al Jifry from Yemen will deliver the keynote address.
Saquafis meet and alumni meet will be held
at various stages at 10 a.m. Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan will
inaugurate the national integrity conference at 11 a.m. Kanthapuram
A.P.Aboobacker Musliyar will chair the session. Kozhikode Mayor M.
Bhaskaran will also participate.
Shaikh Ali Al- Hashmi from United Arab
Emirates will inaugurate the public meeting at 5 p.m. Kanthapuram
A.P.Aboobacker Musliyar will deliver the convocation address. Thajul
Ulama Sayyid Abdurahman Al Bukhari will preside over the function.
Sunni centre holds mass marriage
Correspondent, THE HINDU
Ssaquafathil Ssunniyya, the Sunni cultural centre in
Kozhikode, has organised the marriage of 29 orphaned and destitute
women as part of the programmes in connection with its 13th
convocation ceremony to be held from February 9 to 11.
This was announced
here on Saturday. The marriages were held in two sessions. Fourteen
were held in December at the Markaz Majul Family and the rest on
Friday at the Markaz Maranchatty Girls orphanage in the presence of
Sunni leaders and religious leaders.
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musaliar inaugurated the mass wedding
programme at a function presided over by Markaz president Fazal
Pookoya Thangal on Friday. George M. Thomas, MLA, was the chief guest
The Sunni cultural
centre has been taking take care of orphaned women. Nearly 700
destitute and financially backward girls are studying at the Markaz
Girls orphanage, which was founded in 1994. Expenses for their food
and clothing are met by the centre.
convocation ceremony, the 29th anniversary of the Sunni Markaz Centre
would also be celebrated from February 9 to 11, it was announced on
Science Education Must for Muslim Youth, Says Scholar
K. Abdul Majeed, Arab
13 January 2007 — Raising a new generation of Muslims with high moral
values and a deep knowledge of science and technology is the need of
the hour, said Sheikh Abubacker Ahmad, secretary-general of the
Calicut-based Sunni Cultural Center (Markaz), during an interview with
Sheikh Abubacker, who
was here to perform Haj, lauded the Saudi government for the elaborate
arrangements that culminated in the successful conduct of the Haj
without any untoward incident.
According to Sheikh
Abubacker, looking after orphans and destitute children is the
responsibility of the society. The Markaz, which was established in
1978, aims to impart religious and modern education to Muslims in
India, protect orphans and destitute children and foster good
relationship between different religious communities in the country.
The Markaz will be
celebrating its 29th anniversary on Feb. 9 this year. The three-day
event, marking the founding of the Markaz, is likely to be attended by
well-known personalities from within
India and abroad. According to Abubacker, 750 students will
graduate this year from the institution, obtaining Saqafi degrees.
Some 50 students who have memorized the Holy Qur’an will also graduate
during the event. So far, the sheikh said, about 5,000 scholars have
graduated from his institution. “Currently, it is the largest
socio-cultural organization in south
India,” he said.
This is the first
batch of scholars to graduate from the Markaz after its affiliation
last year with the prestigious
in Cairo. A total of 8,000 students are studying at the Markaz
including 1,500 orphans. “They come from different parts of
including Kashmir and Hariyana. The institution does not charge a
penny either from orphans or poor students for their food, clothes,
accommodation and medical expenses. Abubacker put the institution’s
daily budget at about SR25, 000 which is raised through donations by
The Markaz runs 25
that teaches Qur’an, Hadith and Fiqh, English-medium schools,
orphanages (for both girls and boys), arts and Commerce College,
college of technology and Tahfeezul Qur’an College. Preparations are
under way to launch professional courses such as MBA, BBA and D.
Pharm, he said. The institution also runs a number of polyclinics and
hospitals aimed at helping the poor.
www.markazonline.com can be accessed for more information.
Donations may be sent to Account No. 10622323294, State Bank of India,
Daijiworld News Network - Mangalore (AK)
Mangalore, Nov 15: The Sunni Students’
Federation (SSF) along with Islamic Da-awa Centre (IDC), Harekal unit,
will hold the valedictory ceremony of their decennial celebrations
from Sunday November19 to Thursday November 23 at Harekal near here.
Speaking to media persons at the press club here
on Wednesday November 15 morning, Abdul Bashir Madani Kamil Saqafi
Kulur, director, Reception Committee, revealed the scheduled
programmes that will take place during the celebrations. The
programmes include Wakham Ziarat, flag hoisting, release of a brochure
of the organization, Burdha Majlis and talks by religious scholars. On
the occasion, a mass marriage programme has also been organized.
Dignitaries that are expected to be at the
celebrations include U T Fareed, M L A, Ullal, Y Abdullah Kunhi,
chairman, Yenepoya Medical College and K S Mohammed Masood, president,
State Minorities Commission.
K Abdur Rehman Musliar Kalkatta, general
secretary, SSF Derlakatte division, B Abdul Qadir Baitar, Mohammed
Rafiq Saqafi, and M Usman Kalkatta, convener, sub-convenor and advisor
of the reception committee respectively, were present at the press
Sunday, Sep 10, 2006
Kanthapuram refutes reports
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar, Sunni leader, has said that no
talks were held with him or his faction regarding the reported
formation of a common platform for Muslim outfits against the Indian
Union Muslim League.
"We are not a
political party," Mr. Kanthapuram told presspersons here on Saturday.
Asked if his faction would lead a fight against the National
Development Front as was being done in a panchayat in Malappuram, Mr.
Kanthapuram said that his organisation was interested in elevating
people spiritually, thereby reducing terrorism. "We are not interested
in declaring a war against a particular organisation," he clarified
Sunday September 10 2006
Water treatment plant at Karanthur Markaz
treatment plant will be inaugurated at the Markazu Ssaquafathi
Ssunniyya on Monday to find a lasting solution to the issue of waste
water which is alleged to have polluted the areas near the Sunni
centre at Karanthur.
Addressing a news conference on Friday, All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul
Ulema general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar said the
plant will be inaugurated by Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
Thursday, Aug 24, 2006
Another Malayalam daily
launches edition in
Dubai: Eyeing a vast
expatriate population from Kerala, a Malayalam newspaper has launched
its new edition in Dubai, which is home to four Malayalam dailies now.
a Malayalam newspaper based in Kozhikode, is the new entry in Dubai,
where the Gulf Madhyamam, Malayala Manorama, Middle
East Chandrika and
Arabia already have their editions.
``We plan a full-colour
Dubai edition, which
will sell for Dirham 1. We will start with 10,000 subscribers and a
lot of reporters to cover the entire UAE,'' editor-in-charge of
Siraj K.M. Abbas told The Emirates Today. — PTI
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2006
Celebrated Independence Day
Ssunniyya celebrated Independence Day with gaiety on its campus at
Kunnamangalam. Hundreds of Kashmiri students participated in the
celebrations. Kanthapuram A.P Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary
of Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya, hoisted the flag. In his inaugural
address, he called upon the students to work hard for the prosperity
of the nation.
Musliyar, Vice-Principal of Markaz Shareeath College, presided over
the function. C. Muhammed Faizy and Hussain Saquafi Chullikkode were
among those who spoke.
is the fastest growing religion and
the second largest religion in the world
CANADIAN STUDENTS' DAY AT
The first batch of students from Vancouver, Canada, arrived at the
Global Students Village, Markaz Garden, in Punoor.
The village is run by the Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya
(Sunni Cultural Centre), Karanthur, near here. The students came along
with Amanulla, a
Canada citizen. A
Sunni Cultural Centre release said that perhaps it is for the first
time that students from the West have come to Kerala seeking school
education. Students from different parts of
India are studying at
the school. Indian students are trained under the CBSE syllabus. The
school has hostel facilities of international standard. Mr. Amanulla
said that the students were attracted by the atmosphere and discipline
here. This was why they left Canada where there were modern
technologies and education systems and sought education here. M.A.H.
Ansari, director of the village, said that students from South Africa
and Fiji would also arrive soon.
School, which was part of the Global Students Village, has recorded
100 cent first class with 55 per cent distinction this time.
Children from Kashmir arrive to a warm welcome
KOZHIKODE, DEC. 12. As many as 250
children from Jammu and Kashmir were accorded a warm welcome at the
Kozhikode railway station here this evening.
Kozhikode will now be home for
nine-year-old Sajath Ahmed Mir, seven-year-old Abdul Majeed, besides
Abdul Rasheed, Mohammed Amin, Iqbal Ahraf, Bilbal Ahmed Bhat and
scores of others in the age group.
Looking exhausted after the long journey,
the children who arrived by the Navayug Express have been adopted by
the Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) as per an
agreement between the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed
Sayeed, and the Sunni organisation general secretary, Kanthapuram A.P.
People's representatives, Markazu Sunniya
office-bearers and officials were present at the railway station. More
than 100 children in the all-boy group are orphans, many of them
victims of terrorism in the Valley. They hail from different districts
in Jammu and Kashmir.
Basheer Ahmed, public relations officer of
the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, and six other personnel of the
Jammu and Kashmir Government accompanied the children to Kozhikode.
The children will now be provided shelter by the Markazu Ssaquafathi
Ssunniya and their schooling will be taken care of by the Sunni group.
Jammu and Kashmir
chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has stressed the role of religious
social institutions for the welfare of orphans. “All credible
religious, social and other institutions
have vital role to play for patronizing orphans and destitutes so that
we are not only able to
safeguard their career but also ensure their better future,” he told a
team from Sunni Markaz
headed by Sheikh Abdul Hakim Azhari, Kanthapuram, on Thursday.
The Kerala-based organization is reported to have established the
Shah-i-Hamdan Trust, which
has set up an orphanage at Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan besides
International School in the valley. It
is reported to have adopted orphans of the various earthquake-hit
areas in the state. Azhari told
the chief minister that philanthropist in India and abroad were keen
to offer liberal donations for
such institutions. Azad urged them to come forward to help the needy
in the state particularly in
the health sector. For a change, the chief minister’s harangue should
be welcome. But one
would ask whether the state government does not have any role in
providing succour to the
orphans and destitutes and what it has done so far to mitigate their
somewhere in the mid-nineties when the Jammu and Kashmir happened to
be under the
governor’s rule, the state government had set up the Council for
Rehabilitation of Victims of
Militancy as a response to the ever-growing destitution in the
troubled region, albeit as a result
of the on-going insurgency. To begin with, a corpus of Rs 20 crore was
to be established to help
the identified target groups of survivors of militancy out of its
interest accruals. Subsequently,
the corpus is reported to have been raised to Rs 100 crore to which
the government of
various business houses and philanthropist groups were expected to
Eventually, the apolitical Council is understood to have become a
dumping ground for political
refugees and others after the National Conference came to power in
1996. How many orphans,
widows, the disabled and other survivors of militancy were
rehabilitated during the NC rule could
be a matter of conjecture. One can gauge the performance on the basis
of its impact. The
post-2002 era was no different. Having wrested power from the NC on a
more populist agenda
which envisaged a big thrust on the rehabilitation of militancy
survivors, much more substantial
was expected from the Peoples Democratic Party-led coalition
government. In fact, soon after
coming to power, then chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, had
announced a welcome
departure from the earlier policy and committed his government to
include the surviving
dependents of militants killed in various operations. Unfortunately,
however, Mufti was forced by
New Delhi to abandon his idea and to exclude the less fortunate destitutes from
humanitarian help. What could be the rationale behind excluding the
surviving dependents of the
slain militants, the government of
India would know it
better. Unless it is intent on creating a
new crop of apartheid in what it calls the nation’s integral part, one
would like to know the logic
behind the brazenly discriminatory policy. Pertinently, the incumbent
chief minister, who heads
the Congress-led coalition government in the state, must be privy to
New Delhi’s absolutely
unwarranted and inhuman decision to leave the killed militants’
dependents out of the purview of
various rehabilitation and welfare measures. Before asking various
organizations and philanthropists “to come forward to help the needy”,
he would better prevail
upon the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the
centre to humanize its
policy towards slain militants’ dependants, who numbers are
multiplying by the day.
Incidentally, the Kerala-based Markaz is also reported to have adopted
the orphans from the
earthquake affected areas of the state. It is not clear where the
orphans are being taken care of.
Not long ago, hundreds of orphans were taken out by the Pune-based
NGO, Jain Sangathan, of
course, with the active support of the social welfare department of
the state government. The
step had drawn flak from several local NGOs besides the local people
at which the courts
imposed restrictions on further shifting of orphans outside the state.
The government should
come clean on the issue, more so in the backdrop of the sensitivities
of the local communities
The Kerala-based Samastha Kerala Sunni Vidyavasa Board represents an
interesting example of how madrasas can work together to pursue common
goals such as improving and standardising their curriculum
By Yoginder Sikand
Madrasas serve an
important range of functions in the lives of many Muslims, preserving,
promoting and transmitting knowledge of the Islamic scripturalist
tradition. For many Muslims from poor families, madrasas often provide
the only available avenue for education for their children. There are
over 30,000 madrasas, big and small, in
India today, although exact figures are not available.
A major problem with
the madrasa system today is that all madrasas are almost completely
autonomous in their affairs. In the absence of an overall coordinating
body or a federation of madrasas, each madrasa is free to set its own
syllabus and adopt its own teaching methods. While this undoubtedly
gives the madrasas a certain degree of flexibility, it also means that
attempts to reform the system as a whole face considerable difficulty.
Samastha Kerala Sunni Vidyavasa Board (The All-Kerala Sunni
Educational Board) or SKSVB represents an interesting example of how
madrasas can work together to pursue common goals, such as improving
and standardising their curriculum and methods of teaching, while at
the same time ensuring that the autonomy of each madrasa is respected.
Several hundred madrasas, as well as modern schools, in Kerala are now
affiliated to this board, and several others, while not affiliated,
use the textbooks that it has published in Malayalam and Arabic.
Although it started off, as its name suggests, in Kerala, it has in
recent years spread its activities to various other parts of the
Educational Board of India (IEBI), based at Zakir Bagh, in Delhi, is a
branch of the SKSVB. Set up in 1999, it is now playing an important
role in the reform of the madrasa system. It serves as a coordinating
body linking a number of madrasas, maktabs and Muslim schools, and
publishing textbooks in Urdu and Arabic for educational institutions
that are affiliated to it. Any madrasa or school can join the IEBI,
although so far most of these belong to the Ahl-i Sunnat or so-called
The system that the
IEBI has developed allows for affiliated institutions to remain
completely independent in their functioning and management, while at
the same time ensuring a uniformity of textbooks and teaching methods
and a common system of examinations. In order to affiliate to the
IEBI, a madrasa or school pays a nominal sum of Rs.250. The IEBI then
supplies the madrasa or school with the textbooks that it has
published, all at a very reasonable price. The IEBI arranges for
periodic training camps for the teachers of affiliated institutions.
It has also published an Urdu book on appropriate methods of teaching
meant specially for these teachers, because the vast majority of
teachers of Islamic Studies in madrasas and schools are untrained. In
addition, senior IEBI staff regularly visit the institutions
affiliated with it on inspection tours. Every six months, the IEBI
sends out its examination papers to these institutions. The Board
awards certificates to successful candidates as well as awards for the
best teachers. In this way, by providing for uniform syllabi,
examinations and degrees for the madrasas and schools linked to it,
the Board is attempting to set certain basic common standards for
While the SKSVB deals
with madrasas and schools affiliated to it in Kerala, the IEBI serves
as a coordinating body for affiliated educational institutions in the
rest of the country. This is because of the difference in the medium
of instruction and school of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) in Kerala
and in other states. While most Muslims in Kerala follow the Shafi'i
school, the vast majority of the Muslims in the rest of India are
Hanafis. Further, Arabic and Malayalam are the medium of instruction
in the madrasas in Kerala, while it is Urdu and Arabic in madrasas in
other parts of India.
In a short span of
three years since it was established, the IEBI has been able to link
with a sizeable number of madrasas through its affiliation programme.
It now has offices at Jaipur,
Aligarh, Colkata, Hazaribagh, Karimganj, Mumbai,
Patna and Bhadrak, in
addition to Delhi, where it has its head office, and Calicut, where
its registered office is located. A number of madrasas in Delhi, Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and
Karnataka are now members of the Board. Some Indian Muslim schools in
Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain use the Board's
syllabus in their Islamic Studies courses.
The Board has
prepared a detailed syllabus for Islamic Studies from the first till
the fifth grade. For this, it has published a complete set of
textbooks, in simple Urdu and Arabic, and Malayalam in the case of
Kerala. The subjects included in the syllabus are: Urdu/Malayalam,
basic Arabic, basic fiqh (Hanafi/Shafi'i), hifz, tilawat and diniyat.
These texts can be used both by maktabs as well as regular primary
For higher Islamic
Studies, the Board has prepared a separate syllabus in the Arabic
language, which can be used from the sixth to the tenth grade in
regular schools. For this, the Board has published a separate set of
texts, covering a range of subjects, including Qur'anic commentary,
Hadith, fiqh, Islamic history and Arabic grammar and syntax.
For more information
on the Board, contact:
Samastha Kerala Sunni Vidyavasa Board, Markaz Complex, Calicut-4,
Phone : 0495-722457/723435.
SUNNI MARKAZ SETS UP ORPHANAGE IN
Srinagar, May 19: Kerala-based Sunni Markaz, which has adopted orphans
of earthquake-hit areas of J&K, has set up an orphanage and a school
in the valley. The Markaz has established Shah-I-Hamdan trust which
has set up an orphanage at Bagh-I-Ali-Mardan Khan and the
International School in the valley to help orphans and destitutes, its
head Sheikh Abdul Hakim Azhari Kanthapuram told Chief Minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad during a meeting here last evening.
Azhari informed Azad that philanthropists in India and abroad are
ready to give liberal donations for such institutions. Welcoming the
gesture of the Markaz, the Chief Minister said that all credible
religious, social and other institutions have a vital role to play for
helping orphans and destitutes so that a better future could be
ensured for them.
Azad said that he has already visited Kerala and seen the work the
Markaz has undertaken there. He hoped that it would also prove
beneficial for the people in J&K, the Chief Minister said and advised
the trust to rope in expert doctors for visiting the valley and
providing free medicare to the patients on compassionate grounds as in
SUNNI MARKAZ SETS
UP ORPHANAGE IN KASHMIR VALLEY
MAY 19 (PTI)
Kerala-based Sunni Markaz, which has adopted
orphans of earthquake-hit areas of
Kashmir, has set up an orphanage and a school in the valley. The
markaz has established Shah-i-Hamdan Trust which has set up an
orphanage at Bagh-i-Ali-Mardan Khan and the Shah-i-Hamdan
International School in the valley to help orphans and destitutes, its
head Sheikh Abdul Hakim Azhari Kanthapuram told Chief Minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad during a meeting here last evening. Azhari informed Azad
that philanthropists in India and abroad are ready to give liberal
donations for such institutions.
Welcoming the gesture of the Markaz, the Chief
Minister said all credible religious, social and other institutions
have vital role to play for helping orphans and destitutes so that a
better future could be ensured for them. Azad said he has already
visited Kerala and seen the work the Markaz has undertaken there. He
hoped that it would also prove beneficial for the people in
Jammu and Kashmir,
the Chief Minister said and advised the Trust to rope in expert
doctors for visiting the valley and providing free medicare to the
patients on compassionate ground as in other states.
‘Religious bodies have a role for welfare of orphans’
Srinagar, May 18: “All credible religious, social and other
institutions have vital role to play for patronizing orphans
and destitute so that we are not only able to safeguard their
career but also ensure their better future,” said Chief
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to a delegation of Sunni Markaz
headed by Sheikh Abdul Hakim Azhari Kanthapuram here today.
Azhari informed the Chief Minister that he has already with
association respectable citizens of Kashmir established Shah-i-Hamdan
Trust, proposed to have orphanages of high quality at
Bagh-i-Ali-Mardan Khan and Shah-i-Hamdan International
School in the valley. He said
that the philanthropists throughout the world are ready to
give liberal donation for such institutions.
“We should inculcate spirit of love and mutual brotherhood
among new generation,” stressed Azad. He was happy to observe
the devotion and dedication of Sunni Markaz from grooming
students including destitute and orphans. He said he has
already visited Kerala and seen the working of Markaz. He
hoped that the Markaz in Jammu and Kashmir will prove
beneficial to people irrespective of any consideration.
The Chief Minister also advised them that the trust should
rope in expert doctors to visit the valley and help by
providing free medicare to the patients on compassionate basis
as in other states.
Azad said that philanthropist and social organizations have
great role in the society and should come forward to help the
needy in the state particularly in health sector. Chief
Minister also expressed happiness by observing that the Markaz
has adopted orphans of earthquake-hit areas.
loyalty or dislike to any fronts, says Kanthapuram
General ecretary of the All India Sunni Jum Iyyathul Ulema
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar has said that his faction
has no special loyalty or dislike towards any political
formation. "Ours is a religious organisation and not a
political outfit. We will support those who help us," Mr.
Musliar said while addressing the concluding session of the
22nd anniversary celebrations of the `Jamia-Azeezia' religious
training institute at Madavana near Kodungallur. Emphasising
that Islam is a religion of peace and compassion, Mr. Musliar
said extremism and violence are alien to Islam. "We must be
constantly alert against those who spread misunderstandings
about Islam. The effort must be to spread the true religious
principles and to live according to them." Lonappan Namabadan,
MP, T.U. Radhakrishnan, MLA, and Madavana Ibrahimkutty Musliar
were among those who spoke on the occasion.