Muslim Organizations Of Kerala

There are about 8 million Muslims in Kerala and the experts will tell you that it will be difficult to find anyone who is not already attached to a Muslim organization. Kerala is full of competing Muslim religious, social, and political organizations that are very active in the state.

Kerala has long history of Muslim organizations. Many organizations were formed during the turn of the last century when community leaders realized that the community was lagging behind in social and economic front.


Samastha office in Calicut

Some of the prominent Muslim organizations are:

Samastha Kerala Jam’eyyat ul-Ulama : Popularly known as Samastha is the largest Muslim organization of Kerala. It was established in 1924 by Kerala Muslim Aikya Sangham. This organizations represent the traditional ulema of Kerala who are fiercely opposed to the ‘Wahabi ideology.’ It runs an excellent system of Madrasa education throughout Kerala and a few outside the state as well.
Indian Union Muslim League: IUML also has its origin in Aikya Sangham. Sangham leader K.M. Seethi Sahib was the founder leader of Muslim League in Kerala. Seethi sahib was the leader of Congress but by 1934 he was in Muslim League camp. He brought with him many of his supporters to the ML. Since winning a seat in 1934, Muslim League has firmly established itself in Kerala politics.

IUML banner for the Lok Sabha 2009 election

Muslim League never indulged in communal politics in Kerala and even though it championed the cause of Muslims but always positioned itself as a secular party.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: JIH’s Kerala unit is the most active unit of the organization established in 1941 by Syed Abul Ala Maududi. JIH runs a number of organizations in the state- Students Islamic Organisation, Girls Islamic Organisation, Solidarity Youth Movement. Jamaat publishes Madhyamam, a prominent daily newspaper in Malayalam, Prabodhanam, a weekly magazine among others. Jamaat also has a very active women’s cell in the state.

Kerala Nadwathul Mujahideen: This organization also find its origin in Kerala Muslim Aikya Sangham. It was officially formed in 1950 and is affiliated to the All India Ahl-e-Hadith. Mujahid movement runs a number off madrasas and Arabic Colleges. Mujahid group was one of the first Muslim organization to encourage education of girls.


Popular Front’s ad in Malappuram

A number of new Muslim organizations have come up recently showing the restlessness among the Muslim youth. Political conservatism of Muslim League has led to the establishment of new groups e.g. Political Front of India, Abdul Nasser Madani’s Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Though these organizations are bitterly competitive but always come together for the benefit of the community on issues affecting the Muslims. A globalized Islamophobia is also affecting the thousand years old inter-community relations in Kerala and Muslims here are feeling the heat. Hindutva groups are very active here and making inroads in Kerala society.

Links:

http://www.samastha.net

http://iuml.com

http://www.jihkerala.org/indexeng.html

http://popularfrontindia.com

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One Response to Muslim Organizations Of Kerala

  1. Nimmy says:

    “the experts will tell you that it will be difficult to find anyone who is not already attached to a Muslim organization.”

    ha ha ha,this is a big sad joke.Of the hundreds of people,call them enlighted people,none of them are associated with any of the organizations listed..99% of them belong to CPM or Congress and the rest are neutral..

    ” Kerala is full of competing Muslim religious, social, and political organizations that are very active in the state.”

    Again a sad joke,though i wish it came true ..

    ” It runs an excellent system of Madrasa education throughout Kerala and a few outside the state as well.” Agreed…

    “Muslim League never indulged in communal politics in Kerala and even though it championed the cause of Muslims but always positioned itself as a secular party.” Actuall it is run by a person who is champion of ice-cream parlour..

    “Jamaat publishes Madhyamam, a prominent daily newspaper in Malayalam, Prabodhanam, a weekly magazine among others.” Both the publications maintain a high level of standard,in exception to the usual dustbin style expected from muslim managements..

    “Mujahid group was one of the first Muslim organization to encourage education of girls.”..True..

    “Though these organizations are bitterly competitive but always come together for the benefit of the community on issues affecting the Muslims”..For example?

    “Hindutva groups are very active here and making inroads in Kerala society.”..and muslims are doing nothing to set things right..

    Source :I am a simple petty kerala muslim,who has some idea of what is moving around..Sorry for mistakes if any….

    Conclusion :Muslim organizations in Kerala are of vegetable existence,and knows nothing except conducting harthals..

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