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The history of Syed Shihab family

The Panakkad Syed family has a separate history of its own. The Syed Ali Shihab who migrated to Northern Kerala from Hadramaut of Yemen is the founder of the Shihab family. He belonged to the 33rd generation of Ahl Bait family of Holy Prophet . Meeting with Shihab Thangal

His son Syed Hussein married from the Arakkal Dynasty, which enhanced the influence of Syed family. The newly wed Syed shifted his residence to Calicut. The majority of Syed families settled near the coasts. Purity of heart was the chief characteristic in the public life of Syed family in Malabar.

Birth & Education

He was born in 1936. He has two sisters and brothers are – Syed Umar Ali Shihab, Syed Haider Ali Shihab, Syed Sadiq Ali Shihab and Syed Abbas Ali Shihab.

After his tenth grade in school, he received religious education for 5 years. As per the recommendations of the visiting Egyptian cultural team, Syed Shihab left for Egypt for higher studies in 1958. Shihab Thangal in student years

After studying at Al Azhar University for 2 years, he joined Cairo University and studied for 5 years. He did his post graduation in Arabic literature and thereafter returned to Kerala in 1965. He could establish good relationships with world leaders while his stay in Cairo. His colleagues included prominent statesmen from different parts of the world.

With a mastery over English, Arabic and French, Syed Shihab was offered posts in Saudi airlines and Egyptian embassy. But he refused them under the instructions of his father.

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Family

In 1968, Syed Shihab married Shareefa Fatimah Beevi, the daughter of Syed Abdur Rahman Bafaqi. (Syed Abdur Rahman Bafaqi was a sage whom Kerala held with great respect. He was a noted figure among the iron willed politicians of the state. His visitors included top politicians of his times. His words were the last say in the matters of the party.) This was the fusion of Syed Shihab and Syed Bafaqi families. Destiny was unfolding itself…Sayyid Abdur Rahman Bafaqi

Syed Shihab has 3 girls and 2 boys- Syed Basheer Ali who has completed his MBA and Syed Munawwar Ali Shihab who is completing his graduation in Malaysia.

Leadership

Syed Abdur Rahman Bafaqi was the state president of League from 1956- 1973. When he passed away on January 18, 1973, Syed PMSA Pookoya, Shihab’s father, held the reigns of the party. In 1975, on September 1, Syed Shihab was chosen to lead the Indian Union Muslim League. The then All-India Secretary of League, C.H. Mohammed Koya proposed the name of Syed Shihab. He was the youngest person to assume league’s leadership at age of 31. In 1979 October 12, C.H. Mohammed Koya became the chief minister of Kerala. Thereafter Syed Shihab began to be noticed in national politics.

The Kodappanakkal residence at Panakkad

This is the Panakkad Kodappanakkal residence. The compound is flooded with crowd on Tuesdays. They are of different caste and religions – but their destination is one. They want to relate the sorrows of the aggrieved heart. They want to find a solution to the stressful problems. When they return, their hearts are emptied of the sorrows. Syed Shihab’s words are healing to their aching hearts.

Syed Shihab who lives like an open book has no secrets to hide. Everyone feels that he is personally their own. A beloved leader, a dear brother… the crowd never makes the Syed restless. There is none to replace him.

Syed Shihab’s domain is not restricted to politics alone. He is equally active in socio-cultural and educational fields. He is the Qazi of numerous localities as well as the chairman of numerous charitable institutions.

His is the final word while declaring the sighting of the moon for various occasions. He tries to find time for supervising the working of different institutions. He has always given priority for institutions that blend religious and secular education..

Syed Shihab emphasizes on the importance of integrating spiritual values with the activities of trade unions as wells as the need to assume responsibility along with the struggle for rights. He never finds it difficult to mingle with the workers. No other leader can sit and dine with the low class workers on the same table. Such is Syed Shihab.

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  1. Ubaidillah Bafagih

    Assalamualaikum, I Am Come From Indonesia.
    I Wanna Searching My Grandfather’s Big Family from India. His Name is Syed Jalaludeen bin Muhammad bin Abubakar bin Muhammad Bafaqi

  2. MUHAMMED ALI chappenengadi

    he is frame of world ,maker of samastha

  3. Dr muhammed jeseef

    അല്ലാഹുവേ അവരെയും നമ്മളെയും നാളെ മുത്ത്
    തങ്ങളുടെ(സ) കൂടെ ജന്നാതുല് ഫിര്ദൌസില്
    ഒരുമിച്ച് കൂട്ടട്ടെ അമീന്………എനിക്കു ഷബീറലിയെ പോലെ ആ തറവാട്ടു മുറ്റത്തേക്കു കയറാനുളള ധൈര്യം ഉണ്ടായില്ല, ഞ്ഞാൻ നേരെ മഖാമിലേക്കാണു പൊയത്, എനിക്കും ആ മേശ കണ്ടാൽ ഇതുപോലെ തന്നെയാകും ഉണ്ടാവുക.

  4. Ilyas alungal

    Iam very sad in died of my thangal

    thangal was a lamp of love of world
    iam praying every day to come to paradise with thangal

  5. SABEER ALI KP JAS

    സയ്യിദ് ശിഹാബ് തങ്ങള്‍ നമ്മോട് കൂടെ ഉണ്ടെന്നു തന്നെ വിശ്വസിക്കാനാണ് ഓരോ നിമിഷവും ഞാന്‍ ശ്രമിക്കുന്നത്
    ആ ശൂന്യത ഉള്‍കൊള്ളാനുള്ള മാനസികാവസ്ഥ അദ്ധേഹത്തെ സ്നേഹിച്ച ലക്ഷോപലക്ഷം മലയാളികള്‍ക്ക് ഇനിയും കൈവന്നിട്ടില്ല.
    മൂന്നു മാസങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് മുമ്പ് കോടപ്പനക്കല്‍ തറവാട്ടിലേക്ക് കയറിച്ചെന്ന എനിക്ക് ആ വട്ടമേശക്കരികില്‍ എന്റെ തങ്ങള്‍ ഇല്ലല്ലോ എന്ന് ഓര്‍ത്തപ്പോള്‍ കരച്ചിലടക്കാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞില്ല.ആരോ വന്നു എന്നെ സമാധാനിപ്പിച്ചപ്പോളാണ് ഞാന്‍ പരിസരം ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചത്. പിന്നീട് ഞാന്‍ നോക്കുമ്പോള്‍ അവിടെ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നവരില്‍ പലരും വിതുമ്പുകയായിരുന്നു .
    ആയിരങ്ങളുടെ വേദനകള്‍ക്ക് സാന്ത്വനമേകിയ
    ഒരു മെഴുകുതിരിപോലെ ഈ സമുദായത്തിനും ഈ സമൂഹത്തിനും വേണ്ടി ഉരുകിതീര്‍ന്ന
    പകരം വെക്കാനില്ലാത്ത ഒരുപാടു നന്മകളുണ്ടായിരുന്ന
    ആ വലിയ മനുഷ്യ സ്നേഹിക്കു നമ്മള്‍ എന്താണ് തിരിച്ചു നല്‍കിയത് എന്നോര്‍ക്കുമ്പോള്‍ കൈമാലര്താനെ എനിക്ക് കഴിയുന്നുള്ളൂ.
    ഓരോ നിമിഷവും ഞാനോര്കുന്നു എന്റെ തങ്ങളെ…

    സമാധാനത്തിന്‍റെ ഒലീവ് ഇലയുമായി ഒരു വെള്ളരിപ്രവിനെപ്പോലെ അങ്ങ് ഞങ്ങള്‍ക് മുന്പിലുണ്ടായിരുന്നു
    ഒരു സൈന്യധിപനെപോലെ ഞങ്ങളെ അങ്ങ് മുന്നോട്ടു നയിച്ചിരുന്നു
    ആ പേര് ഞങ്ങള്‍ക് ആവേശമായിരുന്നു
    ആ പുഞ്ചിരി ഞങ്ങള്‍ക് ആശ്വാസമായിരുന്നു
    ആ വാക്കുകള്‍ ഞങ്ങള്‍ക് സാന്ത്വനമായിരുന്നു

  6. Zainul Abid

    Sayyid Shihab Thangal is a great social reformer in India. I love him very much. I am very sad for his death.

  7. shukkoor ek

    INSHA-ALLA we can expect another great personality from the same family.

  8. sarafudheen

    - Ambassador of religious unity.
    - Social scientist.
    - Prophet of secularism.

    A leader with multiple title.
    Valuable comments and info’s.

    Thanks & Regards
    Saraf

  9. FAWAS KP MOONNIYUR 9037857540

    PANAKKAD SAYYID MUHAMMED ALI SHIHAB THANGAL WAS A GREAT MAN, BUT HE IS DROPPED OUR

  10. Younus

    Assalamualaikum

    i love my thangal in every time in my life its true…sure

  11. RAJESH IYER - INDIA

    Syed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal was an ebodiment of peace and secularism in Kerala and India as a whole. He was revered by all communities and I had the opportunity of seeing him in person. He is a great leader and a social reformer. He has no replacement. He is far above petty politics of the so called political class and is known to be a straight forward person beyond comparison. A worth example of leadinga pious life shown by Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

  12. shareef v p india

    innum ennum janangalude manasil jeevichirikunna oru nethavundenkil ath nammude muth panakad thangal mathram االلهم اغفرله و الرحمه

  13. shihab thangal is the last prophet of secularism in india

  14. Km irshad

    Shihab Thangal was great personality I have ever seen in my life

  15. ABDUL AZIZ S/O N.AHMED

    I AM ABDUL AZIZ S/O N.AHMED FROM PAKISTAN.MY FATHER WAS FROM MALAPPURAM KERALLA INDIA, I DON’T HAVE ANY INFORMATION OF MY FATHER’S FAMILY IN MALAPPURAM, ONE THING TOLD US MY FATHER THAT WE ARE FROM SYED FAMILY, I READ ABOUT SYED SAHIHAB SAHIB, MIGHT BE ANY LINK OR RELATIONS WITH THIS FAMILY OF MY FATHER.IF ANY ONE KNOWS PLEASE CONTACT THROUGH MY EMAIL.I WILLREPLY WITH BUNDLE OF THANKS.

    REGARDS, ABDUL AZIZ S/O N.AHMED,
    PAKISTAN.

  16. SAYED NISAR THANGAL 9809636657

    marhoom panakkad thangal was a father mother in indian muslim and other caste

  17. Shihab thangal was a full moon.Person with lots of love…Loved by everyone…i dnt have words to tell abt thangal…

  18. abdulrahman vp

    He was the light house and the Panakkad was the anchorage!

    Let’s pray for him.

  19. A great sufi Shiekh in kerala said that SHIHAB THANGAL’S herat is fully clean and actually “THANGAL” is a “walliyullah” (Habeebullah).

  20. Ashraf.PA 9947247499

    He was a man on truth. He lead our community with great effort. His decision on babari issue was true proved by time. May allah bless us

  21. vc Abdu shukoor

    SHIHAB THANGHAL WAS A REAL SOCIOLOGIST…

    The motto of sociology is live for others.Keep humanity,tolerence and keep norms and values are the crucial pillers of sociology.
    sayyid Muhammed Ali shihab Thanghal attributed or submitted his life for our society,More and more people enterd his home for solve their problems…At the same time higher class people like Ministers, IAS,IFS persons also beggers,commen people enterd or approched him to solve their problems…
    Some times he solved problems like avoide by supreme courte!
    His home is knowing “Kodappanakkal home “He solved more and more problems of society like a social scientist.He was well known person in some type of medical system…
    He didnot accept any vage for his service……..
    by,
    vc shukoor
    Department of sociology
    Bharathidasn university,Trichy.

  22. Mansoor

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajehoon.

    He shed light to the community and nation by his life,he inspired us by his brilliant leadership,he protected our decency by taking wise decisions,he argued always for the justice of the poor people not through shouting speaches but through his wiled silence, and many many more ………. finally he went away from us leaving his beutiful face which never appeared in anger to anyone in our heart.

    Let’s pray togother for his Maghfirat.

    Ya Allah, please expand his qabar and shower him with all your heavenly blessings.

  23. salmanulfarisi nellikkal

    അല്ലാഹുവേ അവരെയും നമ്മളെയും നാളെ മുത്ത്‌ തങ്ങളുടെ(സ) കൂടെ ജന്നാതുല്‍ ഫിര്‍ദൌസില്‍ ഒരുമിച്ച് കൂട്ടട്ടെ അമീന്‍………

  24. He was He and no one can replace Him…

    This is not only the loss of Islam but of the whole mankind…. A HERO of centuries…. He will live forever in the hearts of lakhs and through His deeds and life liven…

    WA SALLALLAHU ALA KHAIRI KHALKIHI SAYYIDINA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALIHI WA SAHBIHI WA SALLIM

    AAMEEN

  25. Azeez P Poyiloor

    He was the one whom the people of kerala most owe for its secular fabric. In times of communal troubles, he stood like a rock, with muslim community behind him, for ensuring that the religious harmony of kerala is not disturbed. We miss you a lot, Shihab.

  26. Edathadathil AbdulRazak. Pang Malappuram

    Innalillahi Vainna Ilaihi Rajioon, A great loss for all. May Allah, Almighty forgive him everything and icrease his good deeds. May Allah join him with us in Jannatu Naeem – AAAmeeem

    Janab Panakkad Shihab Thangal was one of Kerala’s most prominent leaders and led the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) for many decades with great distinction. He was a nationalist who cherished secular values; and a social worker and a powerful orator. Janab Thangal was a religious scholar with strong academic credentials and will be remembered as a leader who championed the propagation and importance of education.

  27. Amina Mansoor

    He has died.

    I hope everyone has understood the message he wanted to give through his life.

    Osama bin laden is only dust under ali`s shoes. He was not a terrorist. He had only one life.

    I hope all muslims live like him, as a light to humankind.

    May his aatma rest in peace.

    Inshallah.

  28. M.A.S Mohammed Rafeek (Kariya Mangalam )

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi Raajioon ……

    01/08/2009 … On this Day as a Person, Me, My family, My village, My State, My country and the World is missing you ….

    When you were with us we came to know the meaning of Leadership, greatnes, Tolerence, Patience, Peace, Unity, Friendliness.. we lose the words to express ourselves the pain of your departure from us.

    M.A.S Mohamed Rafeek,Kariyamangalam, Thirivarur Dist,Tamilnadu.

  29. Vc Abdushukoor

    Sayyid Muhammed Ali Shihab Thanghal is not only a political leader but also he is the spiritual leader of Kerala Muslims.He is the ambasider of religiouse unity.He has more and more influens among non-muslims.He keeps extreem tolerence .
    I think we can include him among the 50 leaders of world,because he live for society.Anyone can enter his home at any time.If you enter there suerly you can take tea and banana chips from there.Each and evryday morethan 1000 of people visit there.wher you can see like thes a leader?That is Sayyid Muhammed Ali Shihab Thanghal.
    by vc shukoor,
    Department of Sociology,Bharathidasan university,Trichy.

  30. Jabbar Madathil

    May Allah almighty bless him to lead the muslim community of kerala.

    I request him to come out of the presidentship of the local party in front based politics in Kerala and become the leader of whole Ummath irrespective of politics and organisations.

    May Allah give him long life

    Jabbar

  31. ismail amzah

    May ALLAH bless him and his family. INSHA ALLAH.

  32. abdul majeed

    let allah bless us in seerathul musthaqeen with their dua

  33. hamsa muthanga

    thanks alot …..for good informations. every thing is ok. god bless you

  34. siraj k m

    Assalamu Alaikkum,

    I am from kannur University. Working as Assistant here and doing well. I hope and pray you are doing well there.You are humbly requested to include us in your pray.

    SIRAJ

  35. Mohammed Mubarak Mayyery

    This Information is most valuable our his highness sayyid Mohd Ali Shihab Thangal. thank u so much.

  36. Suleiman haji Moideen kutty

    Asalamualaikum

    Thanks for the information. That is true, I have been there in 1996 with my late father.

    Wasalam

    Kuala lumpur Malaysia

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