Kuwait Kerala Sunni Muslim Council, the subsidiary of Samastha Kerala Jamyiyyathul Ulamaa & Sunni Yuvajana Sangham conducted a 2-day Grand Event in a specially built auditorium and stage to accommodate more than 3,000 followers of Ahlu Sunnath Va Jamaath at Central Indian school Premises, Abbasiya marked grand success. The Islamic festival was organized in coinciding with its 15th year of foundation in Kuwait.
Most of the audiences were from various districts of Kerala state residing in Kuwait attended the 2 days program spending 7 hours on each night starting from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. People were fascinated by the spiritual Islamic speeches of great orators and the world famous Islamic Dae’es: Shaikh Noushad Baqawi, Sayid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal (The youngest Leader of Keralite community and Muslims), Shaikhuna Koyakutty Ustad (Senior Islamic Scholar and President of Samastha Islamic Educational Board, Kerala).
The first and second day programs were opened with Duaa and welcome speeches by Mohammed Ali Faisi (Secretary) and Hamza Baqawi (General Secretary of KKSMC). Sayid Nasir Al-Mashoor Thangal, (Chairman of Sunni Council) and Shaikh Abdussalam Moulavi (President, Sunni Council) presided over the events on 27th & 28th March respectively, with their presidential addresses. Sayid Nasir Thangal in his presidential speech said that if you are a good Muslim, and follow Allah with your whole heart, Allahu (swt) will surely reward you. Possibly more than Allahu (swt) will reward other people. Always help the poor and orphans by any means possible. Feed them; give them some money, and etc.
These have a lot of deeds (thawab). Never waste your Time on useless things. Time is a blessing, make sure the way you use it always comes as fruitful. Other orators said that to Read the Quran a lot. Think deeply in every sentence's ((Ayat)) meaning in Quran. Discuss among your friends and seek for their conclusions. Whenever you find that you can't understand the main meaning of any sentence, refer to "Explanations of Quran" or "Tafsir" books from great ethereal persons, or ask a knowledgeable person. It will keep your iman stronger. It will keep your soul pure. You'll get thawab for every letter you said. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) said, "Two hours of thinking in Quran's meaning, is better than one hundred years of praying."
Honorable Shaikh Koyakutty Usthad, President of Samastha Kerala Islamic Educational Board, Kerala, who runs more than 10,000 Madrassas under Samastha Kerala Islamic syllabus, is visiting first time in Kuwait said he is pleased to admire the organizers of this mega event and said that the Sunni Council must promulgate and find more time to the propagation of true Islam, impart of religious education and activities against superstitions and un-Islamic traditions as its primary and supreme objectives.
President of Samastha Kerala Isalmatha Vidayabyasa board, who inaugurated the second day of the grand event advised that to Recite Allahu Subahanu wattaala’s name every time. Reciting Allah's name will ultimately make us a strong Muslim because we are constantly reminded of what good Almighty Allah (swt) has done for us and all of humanity. Also known as Zikr in Islamic nomenclature (terminology). The purpose of life is to worship Allah and work our way to Paradise, which Allahu (swt) created us for. But Paradise is not cheap - however the harder the struggle the more beautiful the rewards. Allah has given each of us something to struggle with, and in Allah’s (swt) Mercy Allah (swt) chose that struggle that we were most capable of. No matter how hard it might be, remember that "Allah does not burden a soul with more than it can bear". So, we have to make dua’a to Allah all the time.
Sayyid Munavvarali Shihab Thangal who opened the 1st day event with Duaa said that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us to carry out good deeds, no matter how small they are. In Islam, even a smile to a neighbour or removing a harmful object from the road, is classed as an act of charity. We should encourage for secular education compatible with religious beliefs, and calls for religious tolerance, interfaith friendship, peaceful existence and national progress. Be grateful to ALLAHU subhanuwataala for everything you have, be it spiritual, mental, or physical. The more gracious you are, the more you will realize how much you have been blessed. And, by doing this, Allah willing, you will be stronger because you will believe that Allah is omnipresent.
Noushad Baqawi, the Main speaker and world famous “Daee” of the 2-day event advised us so many good deeds to be carried in our daily life. Firstly, accept that Allah Almighty exists and that His attributes are beyond our imagination. He is capable of everything and anything. Faith in Allah with knowledge strictly deduced from Qur'an and Sunnah is incumbent. Secondly, accept that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the last of a long line of Prophets that started with Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), and continued with such notable figures as Prophet Nooh(Noah)(peace be upon him), Prophet Ibrahim(Abraham)(peace be upon him), Prophet Moosa(Moses)(peace be upon him), and others. Also,accept that the Holy Quran is the most recent and true word of Allah. Pray sincerely. Affirm that Allah is the closest to you with His knowledge.
Always pray on time, never delay. Never do things that will prevent you from doing tasks that are of much greater importance. Nothing can be more important than obeying that which Allah asks of you. For instance, even while working or studying, halt everything you are doing and go to the nearest Masjid to pray. If somebody were to ask you where you are heading, say that you are answering Allah's call to prayer. Protect your chastity. You must know that adultery is a sinful act, and thus must always avoid it.
This applies to both men and women. Women should not wear tight or revealing clothing, and men should always lower their gaze and be modest. None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." (Bukhari, Muslim). Be good to your family, The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "The best of you is he who is the best to his family." Accordingly, be kind to them, always support them. Always think right. Never let evil ideas come into your mind.
Shaikh Noushad reiterated the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) continuously insisted on people treating others correctly. He repeated some of the hadiths (sayings of the Prophet) regarding our behaviour towards others: "By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!" It was said, "Who is that, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "That person whose neighbour does not feel safe from his evil." (Bukhari).
Shaikh Noushad warned the audience that not to send our old parents to “camps” for nursing them by others while we are alive. Be gracious towards your parents. They work very hard to sustain the lives in their households, which includes bringing food and other things. Your mother suffered great pains to bring you into this world. What have you done to say thanks to them? They have brought joy to your life by buying you presents every now and then. Have you acknowledged that and appreciated them? Do whatever they expect of you and you will surely be fine in the eyes of Allah. He said to remember the Holy Quranic verses quoted below:
''Thy Allah hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: My Allah! Bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.'' (Qur'an 17:23)
Practice felicity towards everything. Be gentle and good-hearted not only to your parents, but to your cousins, to your friends, and even to the flora and fauna around you. Always protect your surroundings. Never ever be aggressive towards animals. You can always protect the environment by throwing rubbish properly.
''And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal. '' (Qur'an 31:14)
“A Muslim is a brother of Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfils his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Dr. Sayyid Ghalib Al-Mashoor Thangal, Organizing Secretary introduced the distinguished Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti guests in Arabic and Malayalam languages. He introduced the outgoing President of Sunni Council the award holder “as the best Imam in Kuwait” for working as an “Imam - Masjid” in the Ministry of Awqaf &Islamic Affairs for the past 30 years. Dr. Ghalib praised the centuries old Indo-Kuwait Relations. Arab traders and missionaries propagated their faith by their own ideal manners, persuasion and example.
The direct relation of Kerala Muslims with Arabian Islam alienates them from what is called Indo-Arabian Islam. In contrast to the rest of Muslims in India, Kerala Muslims observe the Shafi’i school of law. They never enjoyed ruling power unlike in South India, but remained as self-reliant merchants, fisherman or peasants throughout the centuries. Dr. Al-Mashoor added while saying that Indians will never forget Kuwait’s shouldering and hosting of several thousands of (about 650,000) Indians in Kuwait. Al-Mashoor thanked His Highness Amir and Crown Prince of Kuwait for all the support our Indian community is receiving in Kuwait and prayed sincerely, to bless this welfare country, the Ruling families of this country and the people of Kuwait.
Dr. Ghalib added in a scholarly speech that “We should keep our moral intact as large people are in manifestations of various bodily desires (seem to be found in human beings) more commonly today than ever before. Unfortunately some of these people have surrendered their will to their lower passions only to find momentary bliss. We may bitter regret immediately following afterward while those great sins are book marked by the Angles of Allahu Subahu watala. We must understand that all the good & wrong doings are recorded and will be read out on the Day of Judgment – on the day of resurrection”. Don't be rude to the people or non-believers; always remember that Allah is watching your actions.
The podium witnessed distribution of mementos to Sayid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal, Ustad Koyakkuty Musliyar, K.V. Abdussalam Moulavi, Hakeem, Advocate Sayid Mohamed Nizar (Former Working President and Legal Advisor of Sunni Council). Many other guests such as Senior Officers from Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs, Grand Masjid Administration, Ministry of Interior, (Farwaniya Governorate), Kuwait Municipality, Co-sponsors of the event, also were arranged Plaque of appreciation awards for their exemplary contributions towards Indian community (Kerala State). During the festival, “AL-MAHBBA 2014 Souvenir” was also published by Sayid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal which was given by M.R. Nasir.
Time was given to Shaikh Abdussalam Musliyar, to deliver a “special fare-well speech”. Struggle towards goodwill. Sacrifice your time and visit the Masjid if there is a lecture. Forfeit your property to those who need it more than you do. In other words, always give charity. The recipient will be thankful that you have given them aid in their daily life. Remember, the one who gives is better (in the context of providing alms) than the one who receives. Shaikh Abdussalam expressed thanks to all the members of the community especially to Sunni Council members for full support extended to him for the past 15 years. Prize distributions were also given. Quiz competition winner Abdul Majeed Darimi was given gift for his first place followed by children of Abdul Hakeem Bin Abdussalam.
More than 50 volunteers wearing special “Green colour jacket” distinguished between the audience and as volunteers supervised the crowd in a very well and disciplined manner. Many of the association leaders such as Sharafuddin Kanneth (KKMCC), Shamsuddeen Faisi (Islamic Centre), Abdul Fathah (KKMA), Siddique Valiyakath (FIMA) also were given 3 minutes felicitation speeches during the event. Samastha kerala sunni associations are the largest Muslim (Mappila) faction in Kerala in terms of number of followers, who constitute 24.7% of the total population of the state, have their own characteristics and peculiarities that distinguish them from other Muslim communities in India.
Samastha Kerala Islam Matha Vidyabhyasa Board was founded in 1951 as the education board of the Samastha Kerala Jam’iyyathul Ulema (EK sunni faction). The Board runs madrasa where Islamic subjects such as the Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic history, fiq’h etc. The Board has the most number of madrasas in Kerala. It runs madrasas in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep in the country. Besides, its madrasas are present in Malaysia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.