ALAPPUZHA: Lakhs of activists and followers of Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama(SKJU) thronged to the Alappuzha beach to attend the valedictory meet of the SKJU conference organised as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. People from across the state started to arrive in the town from early morning.
Traffic snarls were witnessed in major and minor roads. The police and volunteers tried hard to control the traffic.
SKJU, which runs over 10,000 madrasas in five southern states, is the most influential religious organisation of Sunni Muslims.
SKJU vice-president Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal inaugurated the concluding ceremony. SKJU vice-president A P Muhammed Musliyar, presided over the function.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was the chief guest. Sheikh Buthi bin Saeed bin Buthi al-Makhthum (UAE), Majid Ahmed Juma Abdulla al-Marzuki (UAE), Majid Abdulla Hasan Majid (UAE), Sayyid Shareef Thaha Ali al-Haddad (Kenya), Sheikh Abdunnur bin Abdulla al-Makki (Kenya), Sheikh Sayyid Abdul Qader al-Jili (Medina) and Sheikh Hamdan took part in the function as international delegates.
Kottumala T M Bappu Musliyar, Minister for Industries P K Kunhalikutty, E Ahamed MP, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, K C
Venugopal MP, M T Abdulla Musliyar, Mohammed Jifri Muthukoya Thangal, Prof K Alikutty Musliyar, G Sudhakaran MLA, Adv A M Arif, C K M Sadiq Musliyar, Thomas Joseph, A A Shukoor, A M Naseer, Abdul Samad Pookkottur, Abdul Hameed Faizy Ambalakkadav, Onampally Muhammad Musliyar Ismail Kunj Haji spoke on the occasion.
Global presence at conference
■ SKJU, which runs over 10,000 madrasas in five southern states, is the most influential religious organisation of Sunni Muslims.
■ The meet was marked by the presence of a large contingent of international delegates
■ Delegates from UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kenya and Sudan attended various sessions