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 Muslim religious body in Kerala calls for eschewing violence

 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 groups. 05/11/2008


 Don't brand Muslims as terrorists: Ibrahim

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

‘Do not 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 ALP School, 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) government. The incident has brought shame on the country, he said. Samastha Mushawara member Sayed Husain Shihab Thangal presided over the function. The Hindu 25/07/2008


Media 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 guide society.

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 Mohammad Anchchavidi. 13/07/2008


Kerala school book triggers protests

Kozhikode, June 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.

“The government 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 SSF.

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.

The 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 June 1.

"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 education.

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)  12/06/2008


Govt Asked to Implement Sachar Panel Report
Arab News

NEW 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.

Kanthapuram said 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. 16/02/2008


Hostel opened for Kashmiri students

Kozhikode: An exclusive hostel for Kashmiri students residing at the Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) at Karanthur here was inaugurated on Monday.

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. 22/01/2008


Kanthapuram's plea to help NRIs

Decline in value of U.S. dollar

Kozhikode: 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' problems. Syed Ali Baffakki Thangal presided over the convention. 13/01/2008


Scholar Calls for Drive Against Extremism

K. Abdul Majeed, Arab News

JEDDAH: 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.”

Sheikh Aboobacker 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 excellence. 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 www.markazonline.com can be accessed for more information. 31/12/2007


Restore peace 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 the area.

"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.

"The Centre should not go back on its assurances (to implement the report) fearing opposition from certain quarters', he added. 24/11/2007


Sunni 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 education.

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. 20/11/2007


Work for long lasting peace: Kanthapuram Abubacker Musaliar

Friday, November 09, 2007

KANNUR, 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 Musaliar said.
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.


SYS Unveils Plan to Help Poor

K. Abdul Majeed, Arab News, Jeddah

JEDDAH, 15 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 youths.

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.

The office-bearers 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 progress.

A three-month 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. 15/09/2007


Markaz Conference Concludes in Kerala
Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News, Jeddah

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.

National Integration

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 respective religions.

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 educationally backward.

“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.

Markaz Memorandum

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 community.

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 expatriates spoke.

Opposition leader Oommen Chandy inaugurated the minority conference while Congress party’s State unit president Ramesh Chennithala opened the conference on minority education.

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 spoke.

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 travel services.


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 integrity.

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 said.

He said followers of both religions should come forward to isolate communalists and terrorists in their respective religions.

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 the occasion.

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. 12:02:07:Mon


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 chairman, presided. 11:02:07:Sun


Islam is against all kinds of terrorism'
Former Kuwaiti Minister opens Markaz anniversary celebration

Staff Reporter

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 for breathing.
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; spoke.
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 participating.
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 participate.
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 different topics.   10:02:07:Sat


Markaz Conference Draws Huge Response

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.

Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, secretary-general of the Markaz, said he has plans to start courses in engineering, traditional health sciences, nursing and business administration.

Overseas Affairs 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.   10:02:07:Sat


All set 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 7.30 p.m.

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 the session.

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 different topics.

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. 09:02:07:Fri


Sunni centre holds mass marriage

Special Correspondent, THE HINDU

KOZHIKODE: Markaz 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.

Sunni leader 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.

Besides the convocation ceremony, the 29th anniversary of the Sunni Markaz Centre would also be celebrated from February 9 to 11, it was announced on Saturday.   31:01:07:Wed


Science Education Must for Muslim Youth, Says Scholar
K. Abdul Majeed, Arab News

JEDDAH, 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 Arab News.

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 Al-Azhar University in Cairo. 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. 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 philanthropists.

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 institution also runs a number of polyclinics and hospitals aimed at helping the poor.

Markaz’s website www.markazonline.com can be accessed for more information. Donations may be sent to Account No. 10622323294, State Bank of India, Calicut, Kerala.   13:01:07:Sat


VALEDICTORY CEREMONY

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 conference.


THE HINDU

Sunday, Sep 10, 2006   

Kanthapuram refutes reports

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: 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   15:09:06:1100


newindpress.com

Sunday September 10 2006 11:28 IST

Water treatment plant at Karanthur Markaz

KOZHIKODE: A 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.


THE HINDU

Thursday, Aug 24, 2006

Another Malayalam daily launches edition in Dubai

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.

Siraj, 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


THE HINDU

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2006

Celebrated Independence Day

Markazu Ssaquafathi 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.

Nellikkth Ismail Musliyar, Vice-Principal of Markaz Shareeath College, presided over the function. C. Muhammed Faizy and Hussain Saquafi Chullikkode were among those who spoke.


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CANADIAN STUDENTS' DAY AT MARKAZ SCHOOL

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: 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.

Ishaath Public School, which was part of the Global Students Village, has recorded 100 cent first class with 55 per cent distinction this time.


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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. Aboobacker Musliyar.

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.


Orphan welfare

 

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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has stressed the role of religious and 
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 sufferings. Indeed, 
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
India and 
various business houses and philanthropist groups were expected to contribute. 
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 any 
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 non-governmental 
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 
about it. 


Madrasa Reforms-An Interesting Experiment

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.

The Kerala-based 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 country.

The Islamic 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 'Barelwi' maslak.

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 them.

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 schools.

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, Kerala.
Phone : 0495-722457/723435.


SUNNI MARKAZ SETS UP ORPHANAGE IN KASHMIR VALLEY

Zee News

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 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 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 other states.


 SUNNI MARKAZ SETS UP ORPHANAGE IN KASHMIR VALLEY

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KASHMIR-MARKAZ

SRINAGAR, MAY 19 (PTI)

Kerala-based Sunni Markaz, which has adopted orphans of earthquake-hit areas of Jammu and 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’

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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.


No loyalty or dislike to any fronts, says Kanthapuram

THE HINDU

Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: 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.


SYS Demand
K. Abdul Majeed, Arab News

Wednesday, 10, May, 2006

JEDDAH, 10 May 2006 — Sunni Yuvajana Sangam (SYS), a non-governmental organization, has urged Indian Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi to employ Malayalam-speaking officials at the Indian Consulate’s Haj missions in Makkah, Mina and Madinah during the Haj season. In a memorandum presented to the minister, they said such a move was essential to solve communication problems faced by pilgrims from Kerala. Currently all officials are from outside Kerala and cannot communicate with pilgrims in Malayalam, even though a large number of pilgrims speak the language.


Kerala phase-two polls peaceful, 70 per cent turn out

 

The second phase of assembly polls in Kerala in 66 segments stretching across six central and northern districts ended peacefully today, recording 70 per cent turn out, official sources said. Top contestants in the fray include CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan, DIC-K state president K Muraleedharan and IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty.

Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts were covered in the second phase. The BJP had its top candidate in former Union Minister O Rajagopal in Palakkad. Barring a cracker blast in Nadapuram in Kozhikode district and a clash between the LDF and UDF workers in Kuttippuram in Malappuram, the polling was peaceful in all other places, police said.

The first phase covering 59 seats in six southern district had gone to polls on April 22. Kannur and Kasargode districts would go to polls in the third and final phase on May 3.


Moral science text in Christian management

school in controversy

KOCHI, JAN 18 (PTI)

Controversy is brewing over a sketch in a moral science textbook of second standard students in Christian management run schools in Kerala, with the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) protesting over it, saying it portrayed Prophet Mohammed and was 'unIslamic'.

The SSF has demanded the withdrawl of the book and has sent fax messages to the Education Minister in this regard.

The textbook, brought out by the Pastoral Orientation Centre (POC), owned by the Catholic Bishops Council of Kerala, was first published in 1987. The re-print in 2002, contains 12 simple stories aimed at inculcating certain moral values in children. The text does not deal with any particular religion, church sources here said.

The particular chapter, which caught the ire of SSF, deals with a story being narrated by Prophet Mohammed to his followers. It has a drawing of God and two Angels within a cloud. While the SSF says the 'God' potrayed in the sketch was Prophet Mohammed, the church sources deny it.

The SSF noticed the book when it was being taught at St Mary's school at Kayamkulam in Alapuzha, according to SSF Alapzuha district general secretary, Abdul Kalam Valayil.

The federation has urged the people to be vigilant against such 'Anti-islamic' moves that 'hurts' the sentiments of the muslim community.

Meanwhile POC Director Father Johnson said the drawing would not figure in the next edition.


Newindpress.com

Saturday April 22 2006 12:37 IST

 

‘NO PLACE FOR EXTREMISM IN ISLAM’

KOZHIKODE: The Malayalam daily which reproduced the controversial cartoon on Prophet Mohammad and the organisation running the daily have committed an unpardonable mistake, said All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul Ulema general secretary Kanthapuram A.P.Aboobacker Musaliyar here on Friday.

Delivering the Mad-hu Rasool speech, he said such acts cannot be condoned. Depicting the Prophet as an ordinary man is the greatest disrespect shown to Islam, he said.

Islam is a religion of peace and there is no place for extremism in the religion. Those who die in extremist activities are not martyrs, but criminals, he said.

Mansoor Swalih Alminhali, director of Islamic Affairs, UAE, launched the website muslimpath.com at the function.


THE HINDU

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006

 

SSF MEET ENDS WITH RALLY

Staff Reporter

TIRUR: The district meet of the Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF) concluded here on Saturday with a massive rally taken out through the town. Several thousands of SSF volunteers dressed in pista-green shirt and white dhoti took part in the procession. Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar, general secretary of the All India Jamiyyathul Ulama, delivered the keynote address.Tajul Ulama Syed Abdurahman Bukhari, president, Jamiyyathul Ulama, inaugurated the function.


 THE HINDU

Monday, Jan 09, 2006  

 

SSF MEET TO BEGIN ON JANUARY 26

Staff Reporter

TIRUR: The Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF) on Sunday launched preparations for its district conference to be held here on January 26, 27 and 28.

Panakkad Syed Husain Shihab Attakoya Thangal, central committee member of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, erected the mast for the pandal for the conference.

The meeting will be held at Thalakkadathur, about five kilometers from Tirur town.


 THE HINDU

Monday, Jan 02, 2006

 

SSF TO WEBCAST DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Staff Reporter

Minister launches website

MALAPPURAM: The Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF) has made arrangements to webcast the proceedings of its district convention to be held at Tirur on January 26, 27 and 28.

Cultural Affairs and Welfare of Backward and Scheduled Communities Minister A.P. Anil Kumar launched the official website of the Federation at a function held at its Vadeesalam headquarters here on Sunday.

SSF leaders said here that the website, www.ssfmalappuram.com, would give a clear guideline about the historic district conference to be held later this month. The conference has adopted the theme of resisting colonialism.

Apart from the history of the student organisation and its objectives and ideas, the website contains a brief sketch of Malappuram district. A special page has been devoted for the conference, said SSF leaders.


THE HINDU

Monday, Sep 19, 2005

Malappuram emerges champs

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: Malappuram district lifted the overall championship in the 12th State Sahityotsavam conducted by the Kerala State Sunni Students Federation (SSF) at Thrissur. This is the seventh consecutive victory for the students of Malappuram district. They topped with 183 points, while Kozhikode district became the runner-up scoring 154 points. Kannur got the third prize with 139 points.


THE HINDU

Monday, Dec 13, 2004

CHILDREN FROM KASHMIR ARRIVE TO A WARM WELCOME

By Our Staff Reporter

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. Aboobacker Musliyar.

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.   

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