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Abubakr Ahmad
أبوبكر أحمد
Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed.jpg
Grand Mufti of India
Assumed office
24 February 2019
Personal details
Born (1931-03-22) 22 March 1931 (age 88)[1]
Kanthapuram, Kozhikode District, Kerala, India.
ChildrenAbdul Hakeem Azhari
MotherKunheema Hajjumma
FatherMouthariyil Ahmad Haji
ResidenceKanthapuram near Poonoor Kozhikode District
EducationBaqiyat Salihat Arabic College
OccupationChancellor of Markaz and Secretary-General of the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama
Known forIslamic Scholarship and education leadership

Abubakr Ahmad (also known as Kanthapuram A. P. Aboobacker Musliyar)[2] is the Grand Mufti of India.[3][4][5][6][7] He is also the General Secretary of the All India Muslim Scholars Association (All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama)[8] and Chancellor of the Markazu Saqafathi Sunniyya located in Karanthur, Kozhikode, Kerala. He is also chief patron of the Sunni Youth Society (SYS) and the president of Islamic Educational Board of India.[9][10][11][12]

Educational Revivalist

His many students come from all over India.[13][14] He is involved with Markaz Knowledge City, Unani Medical College, and with higher education and research.[15][16][17][18][15]

Religious and social views

Aboobacker has condemned Islamic extremism. He says that "Militant groups such as the Islamic State (IS) are trying to defame a religion that advocates peace and tolerance."[19][20] In November 2015, he commented on gender equality, saying: "Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and was intellectually wrong."[21][22][23] and said "The obstinacy that boys and girls should study sitting on the same bench is an indirect attack aimed at destroying Islam and its culture. Gender equality is not Islamic, wise or humane."[24]

He said: "My speech referred to was to giving special support and care for women in a situation where they were kept apart from social sphere. This special care and support needed to be extended to women in public and professional life, and has been reiterated many a time by the judiciary. We live and abide by the Constitution of India which provides equal justice to all irrespective of caste, creed or sex.”[25] Over the years he has expressed conservative views on women's liberties.[26][27]



  • Ismathul Anbiya (عصمة الأنبياء)
  • Assiyasathul Islamiyya (السياسة الإسلامية)
  • Al Vahdathul Islamiyya (الوحدة الإسلامية)
  • Al Ithibau wal Ibthidau (الاتباع والابتداع)
  • Riyadhu Thalibeen (رياض الطالبين)
  • Idharul Farah Wassuroor bi Meeladi Nnabiyyil Mabroor (اظهار الفرح والسرور بميلاد النبي المبرور)
  • Almoulidu Rraviyy (المولد الروي)
  • Tha'adeemul Akabir wahthiramu Sha'air (تعظيم الأكابر واحترام الشعائر)
  • Faidanul Muslsalath Fee Bayanil Ijazah Al Muthadavilah (فيضان المسلسلات في بيان الاجازة المتداولة)
  • Tariqathu thasawwuf (طريقة التصوف)
  • Al Barahin ul Qat’iyyah fir Raddi Alal Qadiyaniyyah (البراهين القطعة في الرد على القاديانية)
  • Adillathu Salatit Tarawih (أدلة صلاة التراويح)
  • Eesal ut Tawab Li Inqaz il Mayyiti Min al Eqab (ايصال الثواب لإنقاذ الميت من العقاب)


  • Thoughts of the Muslim World[28]
  • An Introduction to the Study of Islam
  • The Hajj
  • The American Diary
  • The Holy Prophets
  • Congregational Prayer in Islam[28]
  • Women and the Friday Prayer
  • Thareeqat - a Study

Honours, awards and international recognition

He has received the Islamic Heritage Award for his service to protect Islamic culture and heritage by Jeddah-based Islamic Heritage. in January 2008.[29][30]

He was awarded Jewels of World Muslim Biz Award by OIC Today in 2016.[31][32][33]

He has consecutively been ranked for many years as an influential Muslim from India by the prestigious Directory, The 500 Most Influential Muslims[34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43] published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan

Aboobacker Ahmed Received The Jewels of Muslim World Award
Vayalar Ravi Addressing the Islamic Heritage Award Ceremony.jpg

See also

  • Muslim Jamaat – The apex body of all Muslim Organizations in India


  1. ^ "About Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad". Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ Also transcribed Kāntapuraṃ Ě.pi. Abūbakkar Musliyār
  3. ^ "Kanthapuram selected Grand Mufti of India - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Kanthapuram elected as new Grand Mufti". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ "കാന്തപുരം എത്തപ്പെടുന്നത് സുന്നി-സൂഫി മുസ്ലിം സമൂഹത്തിന്റെ ഇന്ത്യയിലെ പരമോന്നത നേതാവ്..." Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ "കാന്തപുരം എ.പി. അബൂബക്കർ മുസ്‌ലിയാർ ഗ്രാൻഡ് മുഫ്തി". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  7. ^ "കാന്തപുരം എ പി അബൂബക്കര്‍ മുസ്ലിയാരെ ഗ്രാന്റ് മുഫ്തിയായി പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു". Jaihind TV. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Muslim intellectuals denounce A P Aboobacker Musliyar's misogynistic remark".
  9. ^ "25 ألف طالب وأستاذ جامعي يشاركون في ختم القرآن الكريم على روح الشيخة حصة".
  10. ^ "The 500 Most Influential Muslims : 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  11. ^ "HRD panel to oversee RTE rollout". The Times Of India. 26 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Home | Muslim |". Manorama Online. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Kashmiri Bhavan to be opened today". 21 January 2008 – via
  14. ^ "The Hindu : Kerala News : Children from Kashmir arrive to a warm welcome".
  15. ^ a b "Jamia Markaz India: A saga of trust and tradition". 2 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Markaz Unani".
  17. ^ Reporter, Staff (10 October 2014). "Markaz Law college to be opened on Saturday" – via
  19. ^ "Ruthless activities of IS 'against Islamic principles'".
  20. ^ Staff Reporter. "Kanthapuram calls IS enemy of Islam". The Hindu.
  21. ^ "Sunni Cleric Says Women Are Only Fit To Deliver Children, Calls Gender Equality Un-Islamic". Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Women only fit to deliver children: Indian Muslim leader". The Express Tribune. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Kerala Muslim leader calls gender equality 'un-Islamic'". Hindustan Times. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Calls for Gender Equality, an Indirect Attack on Islam: Kanthapuram". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  25. ^ "My statement has been deliberately distorted, says Kanthapuram". The Hindu. 1 December 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Education doesn't mean women should have more freedoms: Kerala Muslim leader".
  27. ^ Jose, Sachin. "Kerala Sunni leader Kanthapuram says gender equality is anti-Islamic, stirs row". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  28. ^ a b Pi., Abūbakkar, Kāntapuraṃ E. (1995). Musliṃ lōkattint̲e vicāradhāra. [Kōl̲ikkōṭ]: Es. Vai. Es. Buks. p. 210. OCLC 37115589.
  29. ^ "Award for Kanthapuram". The Hindu.
  30. ^ "First Islamic Heritage Award". Indian Express.
  31. ^ "Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar conferred with Jewel's of World Muslim Biz Award". Narada News.
  32. ^ "AP Ustad, 7 others conferred OIC Jewels of the Muslim World Award". Coastal Digest.
  33. ^ "'ദി ജ്വല്‍സ് ഓഫ് മുസ്ലിം വേള്‍ഡ് ബിസ്' അവാര്‍ഡ് കാന്തപുരത്തിന്". K Vartha.
  34. ^ "1st Edition (2009)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  35. ^ "2nd Edition (2010)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  36. ^ "3rd Edition (2011)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  37. ^ "4th Edition (2012)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  38. ^ "5th Edition (2013/14)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  39. ^ "6th Edition (2014/15)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  40. ^ "7th Edition (2016)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  41. ^ "8th Edition (2017)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  42. ^ "8th Edition (2018)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.
  43. ^ "9th Edition (2019)" (PDF). The 500 Most Influential Muslims.

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Preceded by
E.K Aboobacker Musliyar
Chancellor of the Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya
Succeeded by