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Jamaat Islami Hind’s veteran leader T K Abdullah passes away in Kerala

Posted on 15 October 2021 by Admin_markaz

Late T. K. Abdullah


New Delhi, 15 Oct. 2021: Islamic scholar and veteran leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s (JIH)  T.K. Abdullah, today passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala at the age of 92. He was a member of JIH’s  Central Advisory Council, the highest  decision-making body , from 1972 till now. He was the founding member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board ( AIMPLB). He was also a member of the Kerala JIH’s State Advisory Council.


Born to renowned Islamic scholar Tharakandi Abdurrahman sahib and Fatima in 1929 at Ayancheri, a village in Kerala’s Kozhikode District, he completed his education at various Islamic institutes. He studied at Vazhakadu Darul Uloom, Thirurangadi Jumma Masjid , Pulikkal Madinathul Uloom and Kasaragod Aliya Arabic College. While he was studying at Aliya college, Kasargode, he joined Prabodhanam, the mouthpiece of JIH Kerala in Malayalam in 1950. Later, he became deputy chief editor of the magazine in 1959.

In 1964, when Prabodhanam Weekly started, Abdullah was the first Chief Editor till 1995. Later he joined Bodhanam Quarterly journal as its Chief Editor. He was the state executive member of the Islamic scholar body, Ittihad Ulema, Kerala.


After getting membership in Jamat-e-Islami Hind in 1959, he became the President (Amir) of its Kerala chapter twice, 1972-1979 and 1982-1984. During his leadership, JIH Kerala faced the emergency of 1975. Many of its leaders were jailed during that time, including Abdullah.


He has contributed to translating the first volume of Moulana Moududi’s Quranic interpretation text Tafhim-ul-Quran from Urdu to Malayalam along with T Ishaq Ali Moulavi. He was also serving as the Chief editor of the “Islamic Encyclopedia Project” being published by Islamic Publishing House (IPH), Calicut.


A prolific orator both in Urdu and Malayalam, his speeches about Allama Muhammed Iqbal was later compiled into a book namely Iqbaline Kandethal (Discovering Iqbal). His famous speeches were compiled under the title Nazhikakallukal (Mile Stones) which was published by IPH, Calicut. He has also written a book namely Navothaana Dharmangal (Functions of Reformation) and an autobiography titled Nadannu Theeratha Vazhikalil.


He is survived by his wife Kunjamina, sons TK Farooq and TK Iqbal and daughter Sajida. Funeral was held on Saturday.

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