Alavi Thangal

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Sayyid Mouladaveela Mamburam AlHussainy Thangal
Successor Fazal Pookoya Thangal
Born 1166 Hijra
Tarim, Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut (modern Yemen)
Died AD1845
Mambaram, Malabar, Madras State, British India
Burial Mambaram, Kerala, India

Sayyida Fatima, the daughter of Sayyid Aboobacker Madani
Ayisha from Tanur

Swaliha, from Sile of Indonesia

Sayyida Alaviya
Sayyida Ayesha
Sayyid Fazal Pookoya Thangal

Sayyida Swaliha
Sayyida Fathima
Full name
Sayyid Mouladaveela Mamburam AlHussainy Thangal السيّد مولى الدويلة الالوي
House Alavi
Father Sayyid MuhammAlHussainy
Religion Islam

Sayyid Alavi Mouladaveel AlHussainy Thangal (Arabic: سيّد علوي مولو الدويلة‎, Malayalam: സയ്യിദ് അലവി മൌലദവീല) (Tarim, Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut (modern Yemen) 1752 - Mambaram, Malabar, Madras State, British India 1845) was a Yemeni Islamic scholar who settled at Mambaram in Kerala, India. His tomb, located at Mambaram, is now considered as one of greatest pilgrimage centres in southern India.[1][2][3] His son was Sayyid Fadl, also known as Fazal Pookoya Thangal.

Early life[edit]

Alavi Mouladaveel, the 30th grandson of sayyid Husain, is hailing from Tarim of Hadhramaut. Members of this family got due consideration and were spiritual leaders. Sayyid Alavi was born to Sayyid Muhammed bin Sahl Alhussainy and Fathima in Hijra 1166. The parents left him in his early childhood and he was later grown up under the aunt (mother’s sister).[4]

Root of family[edit]

The lineage of Sayyid reaches holy prohet Muhammed. The following is his lineage[5]

  1. Sayyid Muhammad bin Sahl AlHussainy
  2. Sayyid Sahl bin Hassan AlHussainy
  3. Sayyid Hassan bin Alawi AlHussainy
  4. Sayyid Alawi bin Muhammed AlHussainy
  5. Sayyid Muhammed AlHussainy
  6. Sayyid Aboobacker AlHussainy
  7. Sayyid Abdul rahman AlHussainy
  8. Sayyid Abadullah AlHussainy
  9. Sayyid Alawi AlHussainy
  10. Sayyid Aboobacker Al Jifri
  11. Sayyid Muhammed AlHussainy
  12. Sayyid Ahmed bin Ahmed AlHussainy
  13. Sayyid Ahmed AlHussainy
  14. Sayyid Muhammed Al Faqeehul Mukdam AlHussainy
  15. Sayyid Ali AlHussainy
  16. Sayyid Muhammed Sabithul Mirabath AlHussainy
  17. Sayyid Qualia Qasam AlHussainy
  18. Sayyid Muhammed AlHussainy
  19. Sayyid Alawi AlHussainy
  20. Sayyid Ubaidullah AlHussainy
  21. Sayyid Abdul Muhajir AlHussainy
  22. Sayyid Eesannaqeeb AlHussainy
  23. Sayyid Muhammed AlHussainy
  24. Sayyid Ali Al Uraidi
  25. Sayyid Jafar Saadiq
  26. Sayyid Muhammed Baqir
  27. Sayyid Zainul Abideen
  28. sayyid Hussain
  29. Fathima Zehra
  30. Prophet Muhammadصلّى الله عليه السلّم


He learnt and by hearted the holy Quran in his early age of eight and acquired fluency in Arabic language. His primary education was at the home town of Tareem from the school of sheikh.

In Malabar[edit]

His uncles, Hasan Jifri and Sheikh Jifri left to Malabar for the sake of propagation and influenced the natives of Malabar in very short period. Sayyid left to the coast of Malabar by ship from Sheharmukalla in his 17th age and reached in Calicut in hijra 1183 Ramadan 19. Later he settled in Mambaram and then so called Mamburam Thangal as well as Arabi Thangal. He became famous after prediction he had done during the early period of his settlement in Malabar.

Family life[edit]

Hasan Jifri, the family member of Sayyid Alavi, reached Malabar coast for propagation and fetched high popularity by his idle life. During his last time he said to Jamaludin Maqdoomi, then Quazi of Tirur, to marry his daughter to a youth that will come from Tarim. after the arrival of Sayyid Alavi, Jamaludin Maqdoomi married Fatima to this charismatic young prodigy hailing from Tarim after attracting in his personal qualification in Hijra 1183 Rabeel Avval. He stayed for a short period in his bride house but later shifted to permanent maliyakal house nearby Mamburam Juma Masjid. he had two daughter in this spouse, Sharifa Alaviya and Sharifa, later known as Kunhbivi. After the demise of Fatima he tied the knot with Fatima, the daughter of Sayyid Aboobacker Madani of Kovl Kandi Ambarkand of Koyilandy. He had sole son in this relation, Fazal Pookoya Thangal . In his 50th age he married Ayisha from Tanur and had two daughters, Swaliha and Fathima. His three spouse left this mortal world in his lifetime and he then married Swalaiha, from Sile of Indonesia.

In the spiritual world[edit]

Sayyid Alavi Mauladaveela followed the Ba'alawi Thareeqath, sub branch of Quadriya Thareeqath, related to the saint Abdul-Qadir Gilani . He was recognised as Qutub Zaman (leader of Vali's, saint of the century) by the Sunni world. He suggested spiritual treatment for his disciples as well as infidels that consulted him. He was being consulted for personal issues as well as social and was considered as greatest leader in the horizon of spiritual world. There was a huge crowd follower for this prodigy. He provided elas (chain consisted of some divine things).

Sayyid Alavi in the path of struggle[edit]

When the Mappilas attacked with inspiration of Alavi Mauladhavila, British government became frightened. he provided military practice with gun and sophisticated weapons ensuring a new generation capable for war. The following are major mophla outrages under the inspiration of Sayyid Alavi

  1. Eranad riot in November 20, 1836
  2. Eranad riot in April 15, 1837
  3. Paruthan riot in April 19


Sayyid Alavi Mouladaveela became ill in Hijra 1259 following to an injury in his leg. Many doctors and Vaidyars suggested medicine but he left this mortal world in Sunday Hijra 1260 Muharram 7 (AD1845) and was buried in Mambaram.


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  2. ^ "Ashraf NlknWebsite". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ Proceedings of the Indian History Congress Indian History Congress 2006 - Page 483 "Murtaza Sahib, who presided over the Khilafat Conference on the same day, took the chair at this conference also.51 A Committee was formed under Sayyid Alavi Thangal as life-time president,"
  4. ^ "History Website". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
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