Kanthapuram A. P. Aboobacker Musliyar

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Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad
Sheikh Abubakr receiving an Award by OIC Today
Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad receiving an Award by OIC Today, Malaysia
Native name
A. P. Aboobacker Musliyar
PronunciationŠayḫ Abūbakr ʾAḥmad (/ʃɑːjx ɑːbbɑːkr ɑːhmɑːd/)
Born
Aboobacker

(1931-03-22) 22 March 1931 (age 88)[1]
NationalityIndian
Other namesSheikh Aboobacker Ahmed
CitizenshipIndian
OccupationGrand Mufti of India
EraContemporary
EmployerMarkaz
OrganizationAll India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama
StyleGrand Mufti
TitleGrand Mufti of India
MovementSunni Islam
Board member ofRoyal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought
Spouse(s)Zainab
ChildrenAbdul Hakeem Azhari
Parents
  • Mouthariyil Ahmad Haji (father)
  • Kunheema Hajjumma (mother)
RelativesC Muhammed Faizy (son-in-law)
HonorsThe 500 Most Influential Muslims (2009 - 2020)
Grand Mufti of India
In office
24 February 2019 -
Preceded byAkhtar Raza Khan
TitleSultanul Ulama, Qamarul Ulama, Abul Aytam, Ibn Battuta of India
Official nameمفتي جمهورية الهند، الشيخ أبوبكر أحمد
Personal
ReligionIslam
Home townKanthapuram
SpouseZainab
ChildrenAbdul Hakeem Azhari
Parents
  • Mouthariyil Ahmad Haji (father)
  • Kunheema Hajjumma (mother)
EthnicityMalayali
JurisprudenceShafi‘i
Notable work(s)Established more than 500 educational and charitable institutions across India, Middle East and Malaysia.
Alma materBaqiyat Salihat Arabic College
Known forEducational leadership
ProfessionChancellor of Markaz
Founder ofAISJU and Markaz
Muslim leader
TeacherBahrul Ulum Ustad O.K. Zainuddin Kutty Musliyar, Hadrat Sheikh Hasan, Hadrat Aboobacker, Hadrat Abdul Jabbar, Hadrat Saeed, Hadrat Meeran, Abdulla Musliyar Puthoor
Literary worksSee the list
ProfessionChancellor of Markaz
WebsiteSheikh Abubakr Ahmad
Grand Mufti styles
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleThe Honourable
Religious styleMufti Azam-e-Hind, and Mufti al-Diyar al-Hindiyyah and Shaykh al-Islām in Arabic
Alternative styleHadrat, Sheikh and Sahib-ul-Ma'ali
Informal styleMr. Grand Mufti

Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad[2] (/ʃɑːjx ɑːbbɑːkr ɑːhmɑːd/ (About this soundlisten); born as A. P. Aboobacker at Kanthapuram on 22 March 1931) is the Grand Mufti of India.[3][4][5][6][7] He is also the General Secretary of the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, (the Indian Muslim Scholars Association)[8] Chancellor of the Jamia Markaz, Chairman of the Siraj Daily[9][10][11] and President of Islamic Educational Board of India.[12][13][14][15] He is a notable Muslim scholar, writer, author, Educational revivalist, Environmentalist, and peace and interfaith dialogue promoter.

Grand Mufti[edit]

The Grand Mufti of India is the most senior, most influential religious authority and spiritual leader of Muslims in India. Sheikh Abubakr is elected by Prominent Muslim organizations in India and appointed by the Electoral college.[3][16] (After the death of Grand Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan following an illness on 20 July 2018[17][18][19]) and sworn in as Grand Mufti of India in a programme conducted at Ramlila Maidan.[20][3][21] After his election conducted several receptions in various countries including UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia and Indonesia especially at his birthplace in India, Kozhikode. Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Sri P. Sreeramakrishnan, Kerala Minister TP Ramakrishnan, Karnataka Ministers UT Khader and Rahim Khan, and A Pradeepkumar member of 14th Kerala Legislative Assembly, Kerala Haj Committee Chairman C Mohammed Faizi, Tamil Nadu Haj Committee Chairman Haji Abdul Jabbar, Mayor of Kozhikode Thottathil Raveendran, Zamorin K.C. Unniyanujan Raja and Dr MGS Narayanan, politicians, religious and cultural leaders including from other Indian states participated in the civil reception.[22][23] In the function, Minister T. P. Ramakrishnan expressed appreciations to the Grand Mufti for the Government of Kerala.

Diplomatic relations[edit]

Peace and interfaith dialogue work[edit]

Sheikh Abubakr is peace and interfaith dialogue promoter. He conducted and attended in many National and International conferences for Peace and Interfaith dialogue.[24][25][26] He is the Chairman of Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference[27][28][29][30] and one of the Speakers of First World Tolerance Summit.[31] conducted by the International Institute for Tolerance Dubai, UAE.[32] The banner of second Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference was "Renaissance of the World Through Peace"[33] In 2019 he attended Global Conference of Human Fraternity[34][35] and met with His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church.[36][37]

Environmentalist[edit]

Sheikh Abubakr is an Environmentalist in India. He launched a campaign to plant 100,000 trees in different parts of India as part of preparations for the Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference, held in New Delhi.[38]

Educational revivalist[edit]

His many students come from all over India.[39][40] He is involved with Markaz Knowledge City, Unani Medical College, and with higher education and research.[41][42][41] He said in an interview with Khaleej Times that the "Education is key to peace".[43]

Views[edit]

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."[44][45] 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."[46][47][48] 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."[49]

Literary works[edit]

Arabic[edit]

  • 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)

English[edit]

  • Thoughts of the Muslim World[50]
  • An Introduction to the Study of Islam
  • The Hajj
  • The American Diary
  • The Holy Prophets
  • Congregational Prayer in Islam[50]
  • Women and the Friday Prayer
  • Thareeqat - a Study

Honours, awards and international recognition[edit]

He has received the Islamic Heritage Award for his service to protect the Islamic culture and heritage by the Jeddah-based Islamic Heritage in 2008 January.[51][52] He was awarded Jewels of World Muslim Biz Award by OIC Today in 2016.[53][54] He has consecutively been ranked for many years as an influential Muslim from India by the prestigious Directory, The 500 Most Influential Muslims published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. He is called as the Ibn Battuta of India .[55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

He has consecutively been ranked for many years as an influential Muslim from India by the prestigious Directory, The 500 Most Influential Muslims published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.

External links[edit]

Religious titles
Preceded by
Akhtar Raza Khan
Grand Mufti of India
2019–present
Succeeded by
not elected yet
Academic offices
Preceded by
E. K. Aboobacker Musliyar
Chancellor of the Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya
1996–present
Succeeded by