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Best Muallim Award opens view on Madrasa Education In Kerala
August 12, 2014, 4:46 pm

Best Muallim Excellence Awards this year went to Musthafa Moulavi and Abdul Razzak Moualvi.  This is the 3rd time, Kannur KKMCC Committee has distributed MUALLIM Excellence Awards.

Islamic education system in Kerala been known as Madrasa education.  It has undergone rapid scientific changes for the last two-three decades, particularly due to the efforts of Islamic reformist movements, who were instrumental in transforming the Dars system into a modern Islamic education system covering various aspects of educational philosophy.

They adopted educational psychology and incorporated different subjects more scientifically. Reformist movements understood the need to revise the curriculum and started the combination of Islamic and modern education system. This system has initiated activities like seminars, debates, literacy meetings, student parliaments and sports meets for the overall development of students. The privately started Madrasa boards like Samastha Kerala Jamyiyyathul Muallimeen, Islam Matha Vidyabyasa Board managed to conduct different kinds of training programs for teachers and organize workshops for timely revision of curriculum and syllabus.

In separate statements with the press Sayid Nasir Al-Mashoor Thangal reiterated that Students going to the Madrasas must get the opportunity to perform in both an Islamic and modern education set up. The students of the institution like Chemmad Dhharul Huda at Malappuram district is known for their higher ranks in the regular schools.

School supporting Madrasa system is a noteworthy contribution introduced by new concepts of movements. Even the traditional organizations are also changing themselves with time.  Sayid Nasir added that Islam in Kerala from its very early age had direct relations with Arabia through sea trade; unlike other Muslims in India there were no influences of the Indo-Persian Islam on people in Kerala and they observe the Shafi’i school of law.

Though in other parts of India, Urdu language is considered a Muslim identity, in Kerala there were no linguistic barriers to alienate Muslims from their non-Muslim counterparts. Muslims in Kerala from the very early days found their livelihood by farming, fishing and similar trades. Unlike the north, they were never a ruling class.

The Kerala Muslims from the very inception of Islam were blessed with the effective leadership of Sayyid families, Sufi greats and great scholars of Arab, Yemen ethnicity who reached the Malabar coasts in the 15th and 16th centuries. There were no ideological divisions among the Muslim mass until late 19th century because this spiritual leadership developed different methods to impart Islamic knowledge to the Mappila Muslims through Othupallies for primary education, Darsses in Masjids (Mosques) for higher education and Islamic speeches [Wa’ale] sessions for imparting Islamic knowledge to all age groups.

Former Working President of Sunni Council & Legal Advisor of Kannur District KKMCC Advocate Sayid Nizar Thangal said in his felicitation speech that Kerala has a unique record in India for the harmonious coexistence of diverse religions such as Hindus, Christians and Muslims. In separate statements with the press Advocate Nizar added that Kerala had trade relations with many foreign countries, especially those in the middle-east like Assyria and Babylonia, right from the ancient period.

Kerala was frequently visited by Arab traders for its spices, Teakwood, Ivory etc... Islam was propagated in Kerala by these traders and it is believed that the religion spread to other parts of India from Kerala. Many of these traders later settled in the coastal areas of Kerala in 644 A.D.

Attorney, Nizar who is also the Vice President of Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society, Kuwait added while saying that the late Middle Ages, Kerala—then known as Malabar—was the prime source of a lucrative trade with Europe. Venetians purchased spices in Egypt or Yemen from Arab traders who obtained their high-value wares from Malabar’s Spice Coast.

This created a triangular supply chain lubricated at each link with profit. Socially, the spice trade brought together distinct ethnic and religious groups, including Christians and Jews, into peaceful and mutually beneficial contact. This set Malabar apart. Although there are long-established religious minorities throughout India, Muslims arrived in Malabar not as conquerors, but as potential business partners.

Through the spice trade, Muslim faiths learned to live alongside the Hindu majority. Malik bin Dinar reached Kerala, propagated the religion and established masjids at various places. They became familiar with each other’s rites, and crucially, came to speak a common language, Malayalam.

Cash awards were handed over to Ustad: Musthafa Moulavi  and Abdul Razzak Moulavi by Honorable Sayid Nasir Al-Mashoor , The Chairman of National Committee of Kuwait Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, a leading and strong 10,000 member non-profit socio-cultural organization in Kuwait.

V.K. Abdul Kader Moulavi, The Vice President of Kerala State Chapter of Indian Union Muslim League (, - (The second biggest Political Party in Kerala, having 5 cabinet Ministers & 20 Members of Legislative Assembly), Sayid Aslam Thangal, (SKSSF, & Darul Hasanath,Chief Patron of Kannur Dt.), V.P. Bamban (Chairman Khadi Board), K.V. Kunhamad Master, President of C.H. CENTR, Kannur District  ,  Ibrahim Thiruvattoor, Coordinator KKMCC  Mohamed Rafi (CEO, Fathima Gold, Kannur) M.R. Nasir, Basheer Batha (General Secretary, KKMCC NC), Ismail Bevincha (Secretary, KKMCC NC), felicitated with speeches during the event.

Both award winners Musthafa Moulavi and Abdul Razzak Moualvi hail from Darmadam Mandalam, Muzhappilanghad Panchayath, mammkkunnu Desham.  Their 35 years services were recorded at Mammakkunnu Izzathul Islam Madrasa, Kannur District, kerala State, India.

The award ceremony was arranged in a function, commemorating the 5th Annual Pension Fund Distribution plan & Ifthar Sanghamam by KANNUR DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF Kuwait Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KKMCC) held at Taliparamba Bamboo auditorium. Hamza Abu shabeel and Nasir Taliparamba coordinated the event.

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