Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama (All Kerala Ulama Organization), known as Samastha, is an association of eminent Sunni scholars who enjoy the highest support base among Kerala Muslims, The formation of Samastha was the response of these of theses traditional Ulama to the conditions of post- 1921 period in which Kerala Muslim community generally witnessed a radical shift from the folds of individual leadership to the fold of organizations. Samastha actively involved in each and every matters related to Muslims, issued its verdict on various issues strongly standing on the traditional views, and solved disputes in families, Mahalls, local Islamic groups and among personalities. One can understand the great contribution to and impact of Samastha on the Muslim community of Kerala when he evaluates the result and outcome of the near-century-long discursive tradition between traditionalists and modernists, and when it is explored that at what extend the generally appreciated ideas of reformism could influence the Mappila community. Anybody can easily understand where the majority stands presently and what are their opinions on various contentious issues, which underwent hair-split discussions in front of them in the light of Quran, Sunnah an views of companions and early scholars.
Samastha Kerala Islamic Educational Board or Samastha Kerala Islam Matha Vidhyabhyasa Board, known as SKIMVB, was Samastha’s first sub-organisation. The run-up to the formation of the board started when Marhoom Sayyed Abdur Rahman Bafaqi Tangal drew the attention of the ulama in 1945, at the 16th conference of Samastha held at Karyavattam, to the urgent need of the organisation to take up a leading and active role in setting up Madrasas across the state. He suggested Samastha leaders to prepare a syllabus for primary religious education to be taught in One to Ten classes of Madrasa along with regular schooling. Later Mushawara meets and Ulama gatherings all seriously discussed Bafaqi Thangal’s suggestion. Finally, the 19th Samastha Conference held in March 1951 at Badagara, passed the historic resolution forming the educational board to meet the urgent need for a centralised Madrasa system. Marhoom Paravanna KPA Muhyiddin Kutty Moulavi was the founding chairman of the board. Six months later on September 17- 1951, at an important meeting at Valakkulam Puthupparamba Juma Masjid in the patronage of Moulana Abul Haqq Abdul Bari Musliyar Al-Baqawi (1981-1965) a 33-member first working committee of the SKIMVB was constituted being Paravanna K.P.A. Muhyuddeen Kutty Musliyar the president and K.P. Usman Sahib the general secretary. In March 1952, the board called for application for Madrasa recognition, and the board working committee held on August 26, 1952 recognised first 10 Madrasas. The number of recognised Madrasas has been on an amazing increase since then. The Executive Council of the board meets second Saturday of every month and reviews the applications of Madrasa for recognition among others. The numbers given below will help understand the progress of the unique Madrasa System set up by Samastha for primary religious education; 1956 (149), 1961 (746), 1966 (1838), 1971 (2694), 1976 (3586), 1986 (5648), 1991 (6440), 1996 (7003), 2001 (7865), 2008 (8713), 2009 (8781), 2011 (9097), 2021 May (10298). All the Madrasas have classes at least until fifth standard. The board has spread the message of its model Madrasas to states and nations like Andaman Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, Pondichery, Karnataka, Lakshadeep, Maharashtra, Malaysia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. It conducts systematic training classes, Hizb, Lower, Higher and Secondary examinations to make the teachers more capable and well equipped. There are Inspectors named as Mufatish to visit each and every Madrasa, they examine the standard of education check up the physical condition and atmosphere of Madrasa, give necessary recommendations to teachers and Madrasa managing committee and report the functioning of each Madrasa to the board. There are 107 inspectors, seven tutors to train the teachers, and six Qura’n reciters to conduct Hizb classes.
|S K I M V Board EXICUTIVE MEMBERS|
|2||Sayyid Muhammed Jifri Muthu Koya Thangal||Thavanoor, Kuzhimanna||Vice President|
|3||Prof. K. Alikutty Musliyar||Thirurkkadu||Vice President|
|4||M.T. Abdulla Musliyar||Panangagara||General Secretary|
|5||Dr. N.A.M. Abdul Khadar||Chelari||Joint Secretary|
|6||P.P. Umer Musliyar||Koyyod||Joint Secretary|
|7||Sayyid Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal||Panakkad||Treasurer|
|8||V. Moyimon Haji||Mukkam||Member|
|9||M.P.M. Hassan Shereef Kurikkal||Manjeri||Member|
|10||T.K. Pareekutti Haji||Nadakkavu||Member|
|11||M.C. Mayin Haji||Nallalam||Member|
|12||Dr. Bahaudheen Muhammed Nadvi||Chemmad||Member|
|13||K.M. Abdulla Master||Kottappuram||Member|
|14||Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal||Panakkad||Member|
|15||K.T. Hamza Musliyar||Kalikkuni||Member|
|16||O. Abdul Hameed Faizy,||Ambalakkadavu||Member|
|18||K. Ummer Faizi||Mukkam||Member|
|20||A.V. Abdurahiman Musliyar||Nandi||Member|
|21||P. Ismail Kunhu Haji||Mannar||Member|
|22||Vakode Moideenkutty Faizy||Vakode||Member|
|23||S. Saeed Musliyar||Vizhinham||Member|
|24||Abdurahman Musliar M||Mailampadam||Member|
|25||K. Moyinkutty Master||Pannicode||General Manager|
“Samastha Kerala Jam’eyyat ul-Mu’allimeen Central Council, SKJMCC, is a teachers association under the board, which has 19 district branches and 524 range level committees other than the central committee. The SKJMCC has been doing creative and appreciable services in providing various kinds of benefits and welfare projects for its thousands of mostly poor teaching community. There are 14 kinds of service benefit schemes and 6 types of welfare funds under SKJMCC. As of June 2021, 11,18,534 students are studying in Samastha’s recognised Madrasa, and 95,874 teachers, who have been officially by opening and maintaining the Mu’allim Service Register at S.K.I.M.V.Board office, are working in these madrasas. A special institute was set up near Samastha’s headquarters to give training for madrasa teachers in 2001. The Mua’llim Training Centre under SKJMCC offers a one-year course for aspiring teachers. The SKJMCC has also set up a Women Sharia College, which offers a five-year course for girl students who passed SSLC. The Magazines Al Muallim, Santhushta Kudumbam, and Kurunnukal are being published under SKJMCC. The Madrasa students‘ wing named as SBV is also working under the auspices of SKJMCC.
Samastha decided to form a youth organisation under its fold at its 20th public conference held at Tanur on April 25, 1954, to organise the youths and public under Samastha and to give Samastha an organisational set up at grassroots level. The Yuvajan Sangham, known as SYS, was formed a day later on April 26 at the office of Calicut Ansar ul-Islam. Now the organisation has committees in all Kerala districts and branches in a number of Kerala villages as well as outside Kerala. Samastha recognised SYS as its official sub-faction at its 21st Public Conference held at Kakkad in 1961. The Silver jubilee conference held at Kuttippuram Khuthubuzzaman Nagar was a remarkable incident in organizational history.
In a bid to give an organised form for the functioning of Muslim mahallus in the state, Samastha leaders formed SamasthaKerala Sunni Mahallu Federation (SKSMF) at the Tirur Taluk Samastha Conference held at Chemmad in April 26, 1976. The wing has done a number of remarkable works, especially in co-ordinating Mahallus by giving registration and rendering essential services.
Samastha Kerala Sunni Student Federation, known as SKSSF, is the largest students’ organisation in Kerala. The organisation was formed under the auspices Samastha leaders on February 19, 1989, as part of its attempt to organise all Muslim students under its fold and to nurture them into a good moral life. SKSSF has been actively involving in all community related issues and struggling for their rights. Calicut based Islamic Centre and Islamic Sahitya Academy are its major achievement. It has a propagators’ wing called IBAD that works among the society to keep them in Islamic way of life. TREND is another SKSSF wing, which renders service in the field of education and career guidance field.