Model of India’s biggest mosque unveiled – IANS

Kozhikode (Kerala), Jan 30, (IANS)
The model of what is billed as India’s biggest mosque — accommodating 25,000 in its courtyard — was unveiled here Monday.

The mosque is to come up in a 40 acres near here and the complex will also house a heritage museum, convention halls, and a media centre, according to the Jamia Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya headed by Muslim scholar Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobaker Musliyar, who unveiled the model here.

“The heritage museum is for the protection and exhibition of all such holy remnants of prophets and men of Islamic importance, and this will surely add a new dimension to the cultural life of Kerala,” said Musliyar.

Speaking to IANS, an official of the Markaz said that the work on the mosque is expected to begin in April and would be completed in 18 months time.

“The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.40 crore and will come through public contributions. The feature of the mosque is that initially it would be an open one and would more or less resemble the famed Jama Masjid in Delhi,” said the official who did not wish to be identified.

Musliyar heads the popular social, charity and educational organisation based here, which has taught more than 30,000 students from various states in the country in the last three decades.

Three years back, the Markaz was in the news when more than 100 children from Kashmir were brought here for basic education.

Delhi’s Jama Masjid is currently India’s biggest mosque


Conference on Sufism: Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad Speaks

Here is the remarkable speech by Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad, A veteran Islamic scholar from India. He is the General Secretary of the organization of Ahlussunna scholars in India and the patron of Jamia Markaz Saqafathi Sunniyya at Kozhikkode. His stands on various social, religious issues are widely discussed in Indian media and even in political circles as his mass support makes them anxious. Here we see him talking to world Muslim scholars and dignitaries in the Conference on Sufism in Cairo.

In the Name of Allah – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Peace and Blessings be upon the leader of Prophets and upon his family and companions as well.
Respected dignitaries and audience, Even though I brought here detailed essays on the subject, i.e. Sufism: an authentic way of personal and social reform I would like to summarize it as I am late to attend this conference. As I am also coming from India, representing Jamia Markaz Saqafathi Sunniyya al Islamiyya where some twenty thousand male and female students get their education. I don’t want to elaborate on Indian state of affairs since you heard it from our brother a short while ago.
Dear brothers and respected scholars, these days we are astonished to hear some people lashing out at Sufism and insulting Sufi scholars. They say “He is a Sufi” scornfully as if he were a heretic or a polytheistic. By God, We cannot understand how they can reject Sufism. If they do so because of some pseudo Sufis, likewise, Musailama, the Liar has falsely claimed prophet hood, can they reject our prophet because of that? There are genuine and counterfeit in everything, we take the original and throw the fake away. The same is true to Sufism also. This great way of life, Sufism, that we are talking about is the path where the great pious pioneers have stepped in. Imam abul Qasim al Junaidi, Supreme leader of the Sufis once answered to a question on Sufism (Tasawuf). He said it is the purification of heart. All Sufi scholars described Sufism in the same terms. Tasawuf we follow is what Our Messenger has pointed to by the word ‘Ihsan’and described it as to worship Allah as if you see Him, although you don’t see Him, He does see you.
So purification of mind from all bad characters such as Polytheism, heresy, arrogance, greed for fame and Hypocrisy is called Taswuf (Sufism) Almighty Allah indicated this in the holy Quran as He says: “Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses, and purifying them, ….
Look at the verses of almighty Allah. Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) supplicated Allah to teach the people first and then to purify. “Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them the Book and the Wisdom and purify them.” In these verses and other verses as well, Almighty Allah emphasizes Purification of Heart because the main purpose of sending prophets and messengers is to cleanse and sanctify people from all bad characters. Allah mentioned this in many verses and so the prophet (PBUH) in many hadiths
Dear scholars, We need to differentiate between the truth and the falsehood. We cannot accept a way that contradicts religious principles. See what Shaikh Abdul Khadir al Jeelani has said. He said in his Book Futuh Al Ghaib , Chapter One The Essentials of a Believer – Accept Allah’s Orders and Content with His judgments: He sets obeying religious Do’s and Don’ts as a precondition for entering into the Sufi Order. Shaikh Zainuddin Makhdum al Malaibari said in his book that all Sufi orders require complete compliance with the Quran and Sunnah.
The real Sufi Tariqah is stemmed from the Holy Quran and Sunnah so it can never contradict any Sharia rule. If somebody claims affiliation with Sufism, at the same time acts against Sharia rules and permits what is prohibited like alcohol, he has nothing to do with the Sufism. Sufism that we follow is what our Messenger (PBUH) has taught us. All though the term Sufism was formed many years later like all other technical terms, it has been firmly rooted in Quran and Hadith. The real Sufi, I don’t say Islamic Sufi, is the one who follows the footprint of the Prophetic way by Practicing all what is ordered and avoiding all that is forbidden. Moreover, he cleanses his heart form all rusts and dusts. Quran says: “No. In fact what they have been doing has rusted on their hearts.” Human hearts get rusted and become dirty so that we need to clean them and keep them stainless.
We seek help from Allah and all praise is due to Him.

The Most Prestigious Custody

It was really amazing. Millions stood witnessing it and a great number of people watched it live. One of the greatest moments of our time! Shaikh Ahmad Al Khazraji , son of former Minister of Islamic Affairs and Religious Endowments in the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Khazraji declaring that he would hand over the most honoured custodianship of one of the Holy Hairs of the Beloved Messenger to Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad Musliar – A charismatic leader and renowned scholar from India . Al-Khazraji’ s assistant read out the entire lineage of that honour since it was first received by the companion of the Beloved Messenger. As we all know that the khazrajee is one of the two tribes of Ansar (Supporters) who had invited the Holy Prophet to Medina and undertaken His afety and support before migration .  They have been holding this prestigious custody for centuries.

An incredible moment it was. I’ve watched it breathtakingly, wondering why Shaikh Al Khazraji wants to do it. The answer came instantly from the dais that it was at the behest of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessing be upon Him). Oh’ God! We saw tears bursting out and ecstatic chanting from the spectators. “Allahu Akbar!!!”. All were overwhelmed to see the greatness of Shaik Aboobacker Ahmad (May Allah Prolong His Life).

The auspicious event  was at Calicut, a historic city of southern India, on the occasion of the 15th convocation and 33rd anniversary of  Markaz  Saqaafath Sunniyya.  (Website Link) It was inaugurated by Dr. Ali Jumua , The Grand Mufti of Egypt in the Presence of Dr. Omar Abdulla Kamil from KSA and other national and international dignitaries. It was announced that on Monday 7th February  2011 the public will get access to see the sacred hair.
May Almighty Allah join us all In His Haven in the company of Our Beloved Messenger, The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).
You can Click here to read an earlier post on the most blessed hair. and Here to watch the video of  the event

The Right Course

Authorities has conformed Islam’s prehistoric relations with Indian subcontinent. Veteran Islamic scholar Imam Tibri and others were quoted saying that , The Father of Humanity and the First Prophet Sayyiduna Adam (A) came to India directly from the Heaven and The Mother Hawa (R) went to Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Since India nurtured one of the oldest civilizations ie. Indus Valley Civilization and it had extremely populous and prosperous human societies through out the history there is every reason to ascertain prophetic missions among them.

Once the final messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad (SA) emerged as ‘The Mercy of the Universe’, he was sent forth to the whole world and his message reached every nook and corner. Evidently, Indian subcontinent was fortunate enough to be one of the foreign territories to accept the divine message at the earliest. Cravings on the Madayi mosque in the costal state of Kerala declare its construction long back in the 5th year of Hijra. Marine Trade relation between Arabs and Indians which was established years ago, paved the way for smooth entrance of the Prophetic Message. It conquered the hearts of Kerala with the glory of the message and the greatness of the followers. It is reported that the King Perumal the ruler of that time set out to see the Prophet personally and embraced Islam.

Muslims grew in Kerala day by day following the great companions (Sahaba) of the prophet. They learnt Islam directly from the companions and at the earliest stage of Islamic revolution. Keralite Muslims kept this tradition all the way upholding the religious values that they received from the prophet’s direct followers (Sahaba) and so it produced many Great Islamic personalities like Shikh Zainudheen Makhdoom who wrote text books for many old and modern international universities! The public was firmly united behind these scholars and the society was highly moral and integrated leading a peaceful religious life.

However, as per the warning of the beloved prophet, Muslim Ummah has been violently shaken by the terrorist movement in Arabia. A new outfit called Wahabia savaged the holy land killing thousands of innocent Muslims and looting their properties and that is too under the name of Islam. They blamed the huge majority of contemporary and foregone Muslims of Polytheism and disbelief and called for mass murders, devastation and destruction of all symbols of Islamic heritage including the lovely green dome of the Rawza Shareef. But they failed desperately fulfilling their devilish designs.

Unfortunately, this dangerous movement has got some followers in India especially in Kerala. It started creating problems in the otherwise peaceful Muslim society. They formed organizations to destroy the unity and integrity of the Muslim localities. People from all walks of life were very much integrated under the leadership of scholars. This outfit questioned the authority of scholars and started talking out of their own caprice in the form of a State-wise organization.
Since they realize that the community only listen to religious scholars they disguised themselves as scholars deceiving innocent and straight-minded Muslim population that is why they called the new movement Jamiyyathul Ulema.

Our Highly learned and far-sighted scholars sensed the dangerous propaganda of this outfit, discussed the threat posed by and decided to form a religious body to counter it and to uphold the true values and ideas of Islam. That historic dicision realized in the frormation of Samstha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema the Greatest Ulema Organization in Kerala.

As this organization is exclusively for Scholars, there was a need for an organization for other sections of the Muslim society to unite against deviations and extremisms and to fully support the Ulema Organization from every facet of the social frame work. It is in this context that Samsatha Kerala Sunni Yuvajana Samgham emerged to meet need of the Hour.

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