Kerala CM leads Muslims to pay homage to scholar

Updated 03 February 2014
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Kerala CM leads Muslims to pay homage to scholar

Thousands of people gathered in the northern Kerala village of Ettikulam to pay last respects to prominent religious scholar Sayed Abdurrahman Al-Bukhari, who died Saturday aged 95.
Known as Taj-ul Ulama and affectionately called Ullal Thangal, he breathed his last at his son’s residence in the village near Payyanur in Kannur district around 3.40 pm. His body was buried at the Ettikulam Jama Masjid.
His elder son Fazal Koyamma Thangal led the first funeral prayer at 7 a.m.
He leaves his wife Fatma, younger son Hamid and daughters Muthu Beevi, Beekunhi Beevi, Kunhatta Beevi, Cheriya Beevi and Ramla Beevi.
“He had contributed immensely in the fields of religious education and social life of Kerala. He was a great scholar,” Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said in his condolence message.
Thangal, a native of Chaliyam in Kozhikode district, was the President of Samastha Kerala Sunni Jam’iyyathul Ulama, an organization of scholars and clerics and the principal of Ullal Syed Madani College.
He was awarded the title of ‘Tajul Ulema’ in the year 2000 on completion of 50 years at Ullal.
He was also the president of Jamia Sa’adiya Arabic College and and advisor to the Markaz Saqafathi Ssunniya and All India Sunni Jam-iyyathul Ulema and served as a Qazi in a number of places in Karnataka and Kerala.
He assumed charge as the principal of Seyyid Madani Arabic College, Ullal, in the year 1971 and became the Qazi of Ullal on Nov. 9, 1978. He was indisposed for quite some time.
“He enjoyed tremendous goodwill among his students. He possessed a prcious wealth of thousands of disciples spread across India and abroad,” said his longtime associate AP Aboobacker Musliar.
The Sunni Education Board has declared holiday for the religious schools under it in respect of the departed soul.
Several scholars and leaders, including Aboobacker Musliar and Syed Ibrahim
Khaleel Al-Bukahri, chairman of the Ma’din group of institutions, participated in the funeral prayers.
KC Venugopal, India’s junior minister for civil aviation, and KC Joseph, Kerala’s minister for diaspora, also visited the mourning family and offered condolences.


Duterte skips summit meetings but is in ‘top shape’

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Duterte skips summit meetings but is in ‘top shape’

  • An official named four scheduled events that Duterte had not attended on Wednesday, during which the president “took power naps” to catch up on sleep
  • Duterte’s health has been a constant source of speculation since he disappeared from public view for a week last year

SINGAPORE: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte skipped several meetings at an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore on Wednesday, prompting the 73-year-old’s office to issue a statement scotching speculation that it was due to ill health.
“We assure the nation that his aforementioned absence has nothing to do with his physical health and wellbeing which have been the subject of speculation,” spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“The president’s constantly punishing work schedule is proof that he is in top physical shape.”
Panelo named four scheduled events that Duterte had not attended on Wednesday, during which the president “took power naps” to catch up on sleep, and said he would also skip a gala dinner with the leaders of nine Southeast Asian nations, US Vice President Mike Pence and several others.
Duterte’s health has been a constant source of speculation since he disappeared from public view for a week last year, and he has said openly that he is tired and would like to step down before the end of his term ends in 2022.
Last month Duterte’s office revealed that he had undergone a colonoscopy and he told reporters that a biopsy had shown he did not have cancer.
The constitution provides for the public to be told of the state of health of an incumbent president, if serious.
If a sitting president dies, is permanently disabled or removed through impeachment, the vice president succeeds to serve the remaining years in a six-year, single term.
Vice President Leni Robredo, a leader of the opposition, was elected separately in 2016. Speculation about Duterte’s health last month prompted concern that the Philippines could be headed for uncertainty given the highly polarized political climate.
Duterte has cited Robredo’s “incompetence” as a reason for his inability to quit as president.
Duterte has a record of skipping summit sessions, though he did not miss any as host when the Philippines held the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year.
Panelo said it was “amusing that some quarters are making a big fuss” of Duterte’s absences, noting that he had attended ASEAN meetings with leaders from China, Japan and Russia.
“Last night, the president worked late and had only less than three hours of sleep,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the first event scheduled today was at 8:30a.m.”
Duterte is known for having an unorthodox working schedule that typically starts mid-afternoon and includes cabinet meetings that can go on beyond midnight.