Vicennium, the three year-long celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Ma’din Academy concluded here at Swalath Nagar in Malappuram on Monday early morning with a mammoth gathering of hundreds of thousands of people from various parts of the state, Kerala. The concluding session which began on Thursday hosted 23 seminars discussing various issues that concerns the contemporary Muslim societies across the world and is attended by delegates from 17 universities and 32 countries.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of the state inaugurated the function. In his inaugural lecture Mr. Vijayan said that the efforts Ma’din has taken in uplifting the Muslim society by providing quality education has redrawn the future of this minority community in the region. This has contributed immensely in achieving many of the goals of the sustainable developmental goals for which Kerala is highly praised. He added. The chief minister inaugurated Ma’din Lifeshore, an advanced paediatric and adult rehabilitation centre.
H.E Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide was the guest of honour of the event. While addressing the gathering Dr. Dieng said that the Ma’din Vicennium celebrations will be remembered for its contribution in peace making
process in various communities in India and abroad. He also said that his office in the UN will collaborate with Ma’din in implementing the plan of action for religious leaders and actors to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.
“It is my firm belief, and that of the United Nations, that other societal actors, especially those with a leadership role, which includes religious leaders such as Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleel Al Bukhari, have a fundamental role to play in this regard. I believe that religious leaders have both the opportunity and the responsibility to play this role, given their spiritual leadership and influence over so many different and important communities” – the Special Advisor said.
Sayyid Ibraheemul Khaleel Al-Bukhari, Chairman, Ma’din academy delivered the Vicennium message. “Muslims have always been a moderate community and theological positions in Islam only support such interpretations of the holy text and prophetic traditions. The minute radical elements among them are actually meant to divert the attention from the real issues community face. The natural calamities such as flood expose how vulnerable human beings are. It is sad to note that human beings who came together when they were in crisis now fight against each other on the basis of caste, class, gender, region and religion. Discriminatory practices of any sort are not solutions for any problem, but they are simply part of the problem”. He also said that a special museum to commemorate Malabar’s long history will soon be opened for public at Ma’din campus. The building work of the museum and research centre is in its final stage and it will become a special centre of excellence in the study of Malabar’s heritage and culture.
He declared Ma’din Academy’s plan to commemorate the centenary of Malabar Rebellion of 1921 with various research projects and events. “Ma’din will strive to establish a deemed university to offer world-class education and research through reputed international collaborations by the year 2023” – the chairman said.
Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar, general Secretary of All India Jam’iyathul Ulema delivered the keynote. Chief minister awarded the Vicennium Erudite Award to H.E Adama Dieng, the Special Advisor to UN Secretary General for Prevention of Genocide and Arabic Language Improvement Forum special award to Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleel Al Bukhari for his contributions to Arabic Language. The well-known Islamic scholar al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz led the Sacred Retreat and concluding prayer. Ponmala Abdul Qadir Musliyar, Secretary of Samasta Kerala Jam’iyathul Ulema, Dr. Abdul – Fattah Abdul Ghani Al – Awari, Dean of the Faculty of Religion at Al-Azhar University – Egypt, A.P Abdul Kareem Haji, Managing Director of Apco Group, Dr. Farooq Naeemi, State President of SSF, Prof. Sayyid Jahagir, Dept. of Arabic Studies, EFLU delivered the facilitation speech.
400 students who graduated from the Ma’din College of Islamic sciences were conferred with “adani” degree in the conference.