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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen - KNM

The Islahi Movement of Kerala is a reformist organization and movement of Muslims in Kerala with the goals of "fighting" prejudice, including anti-Hinduism, priesthood dependency, and polytheism, in essence attempting to remove the influence of Hinduism and non-Islamic native cultures.

The Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) was formed on 20 April 1950 in Kerala, south India, under the leadership of the scholars of the Islahi Movement in Kerala. Members of the organization call themselves Salafis. Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema (KJU), a body also composed of scholars, was established in 1924, and is still actively functioning. KNM was formed as a common platform for the tens of hundreds of common Islahi. K. M. Maulavi was the first president of KNM. The organization underwent a split about 2 or 3 years ago, with a splinter being formed under Hussain Madavoor, formed new group known as KNM (madavoor).The main reason for split is generation gap between ISM(youth) and KNM . the youth leader Dr:Hussain Madavoor understand that, the religion should interfear in social and plitical activities and introduce islam in new age and style. but the old KNM Scholars oppose these idea, because they are thinking ,no new style for da'wa and we should follow the old scholars and the way of salafi's.

Islam had reached Kerala during the period of Muhammad itself. Arabian traders who visited Kerala spread it, and they maintained a healthy relationship with the local people. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the Muslims in Kerala by large were of namesakes, lacking awareness of Islamic principles. They deviated from the path of Tawheed, the essence of Islamic faith. Muslim community was dominated by those who promoted Bid'ah. There was no formalized religious education systems existed. Qur'an was not taught, and its recitation was considered only for prosperity or curing diseases. Women were discouraged from acquiring any formal education.

The Islahi movement has created an organizational setup in Kerala in 1922 with the formation of ‘Muslim Aikya Sangham’. But it was in 1924, following the establishment of KJU, that the Islahi Movement acquired an organizational setup and began functioning systematically in Kerala.

Islahi scholars were also known leaders of freedom struggle, determined to drive out the foreign rulers from India, besides attempting spiritual and social rejuvenation of the Muslim community. Sanaulla Makthi Thangal, K. M. Jamaluddin Moulavi, Chalilakath Kunhahammed Haji, and Vakkom Abdul Qadar Moulavi were some of the scholars who have worked towards this goal. Leaders like Mohammed Abdul Rahman Sahib, E. K. Moidu Moulavi and K. M. Seethi Sahib upheld true Islamic spirit and prompted every individual of the society to do their duty to their homeland by participating in the Indian freedom struggle movement.

Followers of Islahi movement call themselves ‘mujahids’. The term mujahid means 'one who strives for a noble cause.' The Islahi Movement in Kerala is against terrorism in all its forms.

Islahi scholars had initially identified that one of the basic requirements of the Muslim community during those days was educational reform, and they set up an Education Board to work towards this goal. Under this board, Madrasas, or religious schools, were started in various parts of the state in a meticulous way with modern amenities.

It is an observation that the inspiration behind the establishment of major educational institutions in Kerala including a number of Arabic colleges, arts and science colleges, technical institutes, and schools was actually the activities if the Islahi movement.

The initiation of delivering Juma Khutuba in local language, Malayalam, was another step taken by the movement. It encouraged women’s education and their attendance in mosques, published Qur’an translations and religious books in Malayalam, and started the centralized distribution of Zakat fund to the poor and needy.

They have established orphanages in various parts of the state, and conducted campaigns against dowry, and other social evils. Through their books, magazines, and public speeches, the Islahi movement asked the Muslim public to distance themselves from Bida’a, to stick to the principles of Islam, and to follow ‘Sunnah’. Establishment of 'Qur'an Learning Schools (QLS)' in almost every part of north and central Kerala was considered to be a major activity carried out by the movement.

There are active Indian Islahi Centers in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Recently Indian Islahi Centers have been setup in other cities in India, like Delhi,Bangalore and Chennai.

Islahi Movement in Kerala
Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM)


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