About million believers to take pledge against terrorism at the biggest Muslim prayer congregation in Kerala on May 31
By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: Nearly a million believers are expected to join the largest Muslim prayer congregation at Swalath Nagar, Malappuram in Kerala on the 27th night of Ramadan in which thousands will take pledge against terrorism and social evils. The mega conference is hosted by Ma’din Academy, Malappuram, which is an educational and charitable trust with 20 years of services in the field.
The organisers will also arrange the largest mass Iftaar in the country on the day with hundreds of thousands attending it.
Talking to reporters at the Press Club of India here, U T Khader, Chairman, Reception Committee, Ma’ din Prayer and Peace Conference, said it is India’s largest Ramadan prayer congregation which will be held on the Shab-e-Qadr on May 31. This for the 26th time the annual Ramadan month event is being hosted by the Ma’din Academy, Khader said who is Urban Affairs Minister in the Karnataka government.
“This time believers will take a pledge against terrorism and social evils and pray for peace and harmony on the Shab-e-Qadr, the holy night of the month of Ramadan. “This unique gathering spreads the message of harmony, tolerance, love and affection,” Khader added.
The prayer meet falls on the 27th night of Ramadan which is held by the believers to be one of the holiest nights of Islamic calendar. It has also the distinction of being the last Friday of Ramadan and the organisers at Ma’din Academy have left no stone unturned in providing all the facilities for hosting thousands of attendees, he said.
In response to a question, the minister said for the event, religious leaders of different faiths have also been invited.
Around 350 eminent Muslim and non-Muslims leaders have been extended the invitation for the mega conference which had been billed in the past by media as the largest gathering of believers on 27th night of Ramadan after Mecca and Medina, he said .
Referring to recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the Karnataka minister said the cancerous ideologies of a few who misuse the name of religion to justify violence and terrorist activities have become a threat to the harmonious coexistence of diverse societies all over the world.
“The heinous acts of mass killings that took place in New Zealand on 15th March and in Sri Lanka on Easter day are a gruesome reminder of how violence has no religion. The violence aimed at the minorities and backward societies in India have also become a major concern. The Prayer meet will denounce all such attacks and ask the believers to imbibe the peaceful message of Islam.”
He informed that the religious leaders will administer a pledge to fight the menace of terrorism and drugs while the gathering will be exhorted to refrain from all evils and harmful activities that will destabilize the social fabric of the country.
Madin Academy Chairman Sayyid Ibraheemul Khaleel Al Bukhari will lead the pledge against terrorism and all kinds of social evils. The programme is also the anniversary of Swalath congregations which are held at Swalath Nagar every month.
Believers from different countries are expected to attend the prayer meet. Various programmes like relief distributions, spiritual meets, awareness sessions, Iftaar feasts and online classes have been organized from the first day of Ramadan.
Samastha President E. Sulaiman Muslyar will inaugurate the conference while All India Sunni Jam’iyyathul Ulama General Secratery Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar will deliver the keynote address and Madin academy chairman Al Bukhari will lead various prayer sessions. Samastha Kerala Jam’iyyathul Ulama vice president Sayyid Ali Bafakhy Thangal will preside over the entire programme. Samastha Secretaries Ponmala Abdul Qadir Musliyar and Perode Abdurahman Saquafi will also address the audience.
Giving the details of the conference, the minister Khader said the organizers of the mega event will adopt eco-friendly and zero-waste measures with the help of local bodies and District Administration. Various auditoriums and spacious parking lots have been provided to accommodate the gathering. Help line counters of various types with the support of police and fire rescue teams and medical mobile units have been set up in the venue. The organizers have ensured the service of a 5555 member volunteer wing and super specialty intensive care unit for emergency support.
All arrangements are in place for this mammoth congregation. Apart from the main venue, 20 grounds have been set up to accommodate the people, spread across 10 km on either sides of the NH-212. The program would be telecast live and special screening centres are set up in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in India and major cities in the Middle East.
It is pertinent to mention here that about t 25000 students are enrolled in the 45 institutions under Ma’din Academy which enjoys collaborations of various universities in Australia, UK, Malaysia, Spain and USA. It has also got special status from the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.