THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) national chairman and a prominent spiritual leader of the community Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal died in a private hospital in Angamalli in Ernakulam district on Sunday. He was 74. His relatives said his body will be buried in the burial ground in Panakkad in Malappuram district on Monday.
He was also the incumbent president of the Darul Huda Islamic Academy. He is also the Vice President of the EK faction of Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, one of the Sunni Muslim organisations in Kerala.
He was born on June 15, 1947, to the Pukkoya family of Panakkad in Malappuram. He is the third son of PMSA Pookkoya Thangal and the younger brother of Sayed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal and Sayed Umerali Shihab Thangal.
He took over the presidency of the Muslim League in August 2009 following the death of his brother Sayed Muhammad Ali Shihab. He continued in this position for 13 years. He was the Malappuram district president of the Muslim League for 25 years.
He started his career by becoming the president of the Nurul Ulama, a student organization in Malappuram. He became the founding president of Samastha’s student body, the SSF when it was formed in 1973. He continued in this position until 1979. In 1983, he became the Malappuram district president of the Muslim League.
He was also the President of many religious institutions, orphanages and organizations.
Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Goa governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former defecne minister A K Antony, former chief minister Oommen Chandy and many others condoled the death of the veteran.
“Kerala lost a tall leader,” said Arif Mohammad Khan. “He always stood for communal harmony. Besides politics, he headed many educational, religious and charity organisations in the state,” said the chief minister in his condolence message. “He was a strong secular voice supporting brotherhood, respect and progress for all. He will be dearly missed,” Gandhi tweeted. “His demise is really painful. Panakkad family stood firmly to support brotherhood and amity in society,” said Antony.– IANS