In Kerala,orthodox Muslim cleric to build knowledge city

Prominent Muslim cleric Kanthapuram A P Aboo-backer Musaliyar,who advocates for minor girls’

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: July 2, 2013 5:22 am

Prominent Muslim cleric Kanthapuram A P Aboo-backer Musaliyar,who advocates for minor girls’ marriage and opposes polygamy,has ventured into a not-so conservative business of integrated township comprising IT,malls,multiplex,and hospitality and education business.

On Sunday,foundation stone for Musaliyar’s ‘knowledge city’ was laid in Kozhikode in the presence of political leaders,including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Musaliyar’s plan to construct the largest mosque in India to house the relic of Prophet Muhammed had drawn flak from various sections of the community.

Musaliyar,who had shifted loyalty from the Left to the Congress,has resorted to orthodox approach on women’s issues. Recently,he had said the marriage age for Muslim women should be fixed at 16.

When a state-appointed law commission recommended banning polygamy in 2009,Musaliyar had suggested men should not miss sex during wife’s menstrual period. He had even taken a stand against co-education and women contesting elections.

Writer Prof N M Karassery said,“Conservatives like Musaliyar want to imbibe modern technology. But such ventures would not make him progressive. Instead,new methods and tools would be used for popularising the regressive ideas.’’

Asked if the project would be in tune with his orthodox stand,Musaliyar said it would not do anything to weaken the moral life. In the knowledge city,we would give separate classes for girls and boys,said the cleric.

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