Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) is socio- religious organisation registered under societies registration act. The organisation aims at the development and reformist activities of the society with focus on the upliftment of weaker sections of the society. KNM is having various wings and department for the achievement of its mission. Main activities include the public awareness on social reforms and humanitarian activities. Majority of the prime educational and cultural institutions were the product of the influences this movement. As the dedicated efforts of this organisation, social evils like dowry system, female negligence, black magics, infanticides, alcohol and drug abuses rates among the community drags down. Various social service activities are being organised by the organisation in healthcare and charity sectors, which includes Pain and Palliative care clinics for cancer and other terminally ill patients, free dialysis centres for kidney patients, free drug banks, deaddiction centres, rehabilitation centres etc,. KNM supported central and state governments and local bodies when the disasters like flood, hurricanes, COVID 19 like situations.
Islahi Movement is a socio-religious renaissance movement, originated in Kerala in the first quarter of the 20th century for the upliftment of the Muslim community from its backwardness in the religious, social and educational fields. Social situations of Muslim community was pathetic as they involved in a number of superstitious beliefs and practices which were not supported by the Holy Scriptures of Islam ie, Qur’an and Prophetic traditions. Majority of the public among the Muslims were uneducated and illiterate and they had limited knowledge on Qur’an and basics of Islam. There was not a formal or informal system for understanding Islamic messages. Orthodox Ulema’ brainwashed the public Muslim community that they need not study anything including Qur’an verses and general knowledges. Muslims were not attending the traditional schooling system as the English language was considered as the ‘language of hell’ and Malayalam writings mentioned ‘aaryanezhuthu’ as language of disbelievers. Orthodox ulema objected the female community to be educated by baseless arguments, and not permitting the females to enter in masjid for worship. The Friday sermon (Khutuba) was just a read out of some collections in Arabic, as the audience cannot understand that language, they ignored those teachings. These Ulema were against the Khutuba speech in mother tongue, till now the orthodox lead Khutuba is still in ununderstood form. The orthodox ulema strongly opposed and objected a systematic and scientific moral education system (Madrasa) as well as modern education. Islahi leaders fought against the social evils by a platform created based on Qur’an and Hadeeth.
Kerala Muslim Aikya Sangam
Various scholars and reformers set their activities at their own places and it was found promising results. Later they have decided to have a common platform for coordinating the activities and sharing of resources. They made planned and organised efforts by giving shape to an organisation called “Kerala Muslim Aikya Sangam” in 1922, followed by “Kerala Jam’iyyathul Ulema” in 1924 .Later Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) was formed in 1950 under which the general public rallied round to work for the propagation of true faith ,eradication of superstitious beliefs and practices and spread of real Islam from the Holy scriptures. KNM made organised efforts to educate the community in tune with Qur’an and Sunna. Madrasas were set up for systematic moral education at primary level and found to be very effective in moral education and practice of Islamic principles Various activities like Qur’an classes explaining the meaning of Qur'an, Friday sermons in mother tongue , public speeches, squad works ,distribution of brochures and pamphlets, organising public seminars and symposia, open debates, study camps etc,. The publication of Qur'an translation in Malayalam was a milestone activity as the most accepted and reputed Translation of Quran in Malayalam language is published by KNM, the eight volume translation named as ‘VISHUDHA QUR’AN VIVARANAM’ by the author Muhammed Amani Moulavi.
Islahi leaders strongly advocated the community, with the positive approach of Qur'an towards education and learning. With this end in view, morning madrasas were set up to impart moral education at primary level. Primary Schools, Arabic colleges and Arts and Science colleges, Higher education institutes were set up by the leadership of Islahi movement. . The women folk were also admitted to these Institutions. As the results of social revolution, the orthodox community were forced to accept the educational upliftment and stated institutions at their own platforms
Kerala Jam’iyyathul Ulema as the forum of scholars was formed within few years of formation of Aikya Sangam. KNM formed as a parent organisation for all levels of people and started its activities. While the members and well-wishers increased tremendously, KNM decided to for its youth wing named ISM (Ithihadu Shubbhanil Mujahideen) in 1967, MSM ( Mujahid Students Movement) in 1970, MGM (Muslim Girls and womens Movement) in 1986, MGM students wing in 2020.
The efforts of the leaders gradually bore fruit, some of the superstitions disappeared from the society. Qur'an was translated into mother tongue which helped the public to understand the do’s and don'ts of the religion. The most popular translation of Qur’an published by KNM, known as” Vishudha Qur’an Vivaranam” (Muhammed Amani Moulavi) is still the final reference in the translation of Quran in Malayalam The Orthodox Ulema who were the staunch critics of Madrasa education and modern education especially learning of English, understood the importance of both the streams of education. They sent their children to Madrasas, schools, and colleges. The success of the mission results as the orthodox ulema, who criticised the educational system of Madrassa and female education, now running hundreds of Madrasas run by themselves!
Leaders of the Movement
National leaders and freedom fighters like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Muhammad Abdurrahman Sahib , E Moidu Moulavi ,etc had followed the ideology and principles of Islahi movement. Wakkom Abdul Qadir Moulavi, K M Moulavi, K M Seethi Sahib (Ex Speaker ,Kerala Legislative Assembly), N V Abdulsalam Moulavi , K P Muhammad Moulavi, K Ummar Moulavi, A P Abdul Qadir Moulavi and A V Abdurrahman Haji were the prominent leaders of the Movement who passed away during the mission. The Movement is now led by TP Abdulla Koya Madani (President), M Muhammed Madani ( General Secretary). National and State conferences National and state conferences were conducted in the past under the auspices of the organisations of the Movement. Earlier it was conducted annually which later began to be held every 5 years. Massive public conferences conducted in 1979 at Pulikkal,1982 at Feroke, 1987 at Kuttippuram , 1992 at Palakkad , 1997 at Kannur , 2002 at Ernakulam, 2008 at Changaramkulam , and 2012 at Calicut and 2017 Malappuram, Kooriyad Tenth Conference at Swapna nigari of Calicut (Kozhikode) 2022
National and international Guests
attended in various conferences
Reputed scholars and leaders of National and International importance, Heads of states of governments, Ambassadors, Vice Chancellors ,Men of letters etc addressed various sessions of these mega conferences named a s Mujahid State Conferences. Imams of Holy masjid, Makkah and Madinah, Central and State Ministers of India, Chief ministers, Ambassadors of various countries, reputed scholars and leaders of many countries attended the various conferences and visited the institutions run by KNM