Syed Muhammedali Shihab Thangal

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Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal
Shihab Thangal in July 2008.jpg
Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal in July 2008
Born(1936-05-04)4 May 1936
Died1 August 2009(2009-08-01) (aged 73)
Malappuram, Kerala, India
Alma materAl-Azhar_University
Cairo University
OccupationMuslim Spiritual leader, Politician, Islamic Scholar
Spouse(s)Sayyida Fathima Beevi (1967–2006) Sainaba Kulsu Beevi (2007 – his death)
RelativesSayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal (brother)
Syed Sadiqali Shihab Thangal (brother)
Sayyid Abbasali Shihab Thangal (brother)
Sayed Umerali Shihab Thangal (brother)

Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Ba-Alawi Al-Hussainy Pookoya Thangal (4 May 1936 – 1 August 2009) was a Muslim religious leader and politician from Kerala,[1] and one of the most famous Islamic scholars from the Indian state of Kerala.[2] He was the President of the Kerala state committee of the Indian Union Muslim League. Shihab Thangal was a member of the Thangal family,[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Shihab Thangal was born as the eldest son of Panakkad Syed Ahmed Pookoya Thangal, who was a renowned Islamic leader and spiritual icon of Kerala. He had his primary education at the M.M. High School, Kozhikode. He continued his religious education at Thalakkadathur and Kananchery Dars under Ponmala Moideen Musliar. In 1958, he left for Egypt for further studies and obtained his master's degree in Arabic literature from Al Azhar University in 1961. He continued his studies in Cairo University and pursued a Doctorate in Arabic Literature in 1966.[6] After spending about eight years in Egypt he returned home in 1966.

In 1967, Thangal married Sayyida Fathima Beevi, daughter of Syed Abdur Rahman Bafaqui Thangal, one of the founder leaders of the Muslim League.[7] After her death in 2006, he married Aysha Beevi. Thangal had two sons: Syed Basheerali Shihab Thangal and Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal and had four younger brothers: Sayed Umerali Shihab Thangal, Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Syed Sadiqali Shihab Thangal and Sayyid Abbas Ali Shihab Thangal .


Shihab Thangal was appointed as the president of the Kerala state committee of Indian Union Muslim League subsequent to his father's death in 1975. Shihab Thangal remained President until his death in 2009. He was a very influential leader of the Muslim community in Kerala and was Qazi to hundreds of mahals in Kerala.[2] He had a close clasp with Kerala's prominent Islamic Organisation Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama. He was the president of a numerous Islamic institutions like Darul Huda Islamic University, Jamia Nooriya Arabiya, Jamia Darussalam Al Islamiya, Nandi which are managed by Samastha. He is one of the founding members of MEA Engineering College and Markazu Tharbiyathil Islamiyya, Valancheri. He was behind the proposal to start another campus of Aligarh Muslim University in Kerala[8]


Panakkad Shihab Thangal on a 2010 stamp of India

Shihab Thangal died on 1 August 2009 following a cardiac arrest. Thangal was admitted to a private hospital after he slipped and fell down at his home, Panakkad Kodappanakkal. He was 73 years old at the time of his death, and suffered from various ailments like diabetes and hypertension. His body was buried with full state honours at the Panakkad Juma Masjid on the day after his death.[9] He was succeeded by his younger brother Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal. After his death, Government of Kerala started an aided College for Girls at Kattilangadi entitled with Sayyid Muhammed Ali Shihab Thangal Memorial women's Arts and Science College.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "President, PM, Sonia pay homage to IUML leader Thangal". The Times Of India. 2 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Muslim League leader Shihab Thangal dead". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Syed families hold get-together". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  4. ^ "President, PM, Sonia pay homage to IUML leader Thangal". The Times of India. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Mohammadali Shihab Thangal: A proud Muslim, a proud Indian". 4 August 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Shihab Thangal passes away". The Peninsula. 2 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Kodappanekkal House in despair, as Family head loses soul mate". Zoom Information Inc. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  8. ^ IANS (2 August 2009). "Kerala mourns passing away of Panakkad Thangal". GulfNews. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Kerala bids farewell to Panakkad Shihab Thangal". MSN. 12 August 2009.

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