The unity efforts of the two major Sunni groups in the State are going on in full swing with the leadership of both the factions — Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar of the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama and Syed Muhammad Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal of the Samastha Kerala Jam’eyyath ul-Ulama — deciding to stop mahal rivalries.
The leaderships have decided to shed differences emanating especially from local mahals under the control of hostile factions which are putting a spoke in the wheels of the unification progress.
Meet in Kozhikode
A meeting of Sunni leaders belonging to the groups held in Kozhikode decided to maintain the status quo in the administration of the mahals. Senior leaders will intervene if there are any issues at the local levels. Perode Abdurehman Saqafi and Hussein Saqafi Chullikkode of the Kanthapuram faction and Bahudeen Nadvi Kooriyad and Abdul Hameed Faizi Ambalakkadu of the Samastha Kerala Jam’eyyath ul-Ulama took part in the talks.
Muthukkoya Thangal and the Musliyar have expressed reservations about the recent skirmishes between and the factions and have urged followers not to foment trouble during the unity talks.
Both have nominated their representatives for the unity talks. At least five meetings have been held so far though their outcome has not been disclosed to the public. Besides, the State government has stepped in entrusting the task of sorting out the disputes between the factions over the mosques to the Kerala State Wakf Board.
However, despite these developments, clashes have occurred between the factions of the mahal functionaries at many places, including Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur. Several madrasas and mosques have been temporarily closed down owing to law and order issues. Cases have been registered following the clashes.
United in relief efforts
At the same time, the Mudikkode Juma Masjid, near Manjeri in Malappuram, was opened recently due to the efforts of a joint committee. The Sunni factions have been coordinating relief and rehabilitation efforts during the floods.
Now the leaderships of the factions also believe their rivalry should not give a leeway to non-Sunni groups to capitalise the situation and spread extremist ideology among the Muslim community.
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