Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The annual Mamburam Urus, marking the 168th death anniversary of freedom fighter, social reformer and Muslim spiritual leader Qutubuzzaman Sayed Alavi Mouladhaveela, will begin at Mamburam, near Tirurangadi, on Saturday.

A mass ziyarat (shrine visit) led by Cherusseri Zainuddin Musliar, general secretary of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, will kick off the eight-day programme on Saturday afternoon.

A discourse by Rahmatullah Qasimi, Koranic scholar, on Monday and Tuesday evenings is expected to draw large crowds to Mamburam.

Mustafa Hudavi, Islamic scholar, will deliver a speech at a Dikr-Dua meeting to be held on January 26. A mass food distribution to be held on January 27 will mark the conclusion of the Urus. Thousands of people from distant places annually visit Mamburam to take part in the Urus.

Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Sunni leader and district president of the Indian Union Muslim League, will inaugurate the mass food distribution.

Sayed Umerali Shihab Thangal, chairman of the Kerala Waqaf Board, will lead the prayers, swalat and Qatamul Quran (Koran completion), marking the finale of the Urus.

The organisers, Darul Huda Islamic Academy, Chemmad, said that none had been authorised to receive offerings. It said pilgrims should drop their offerings in the chests placed at the shrine.

Sayed Alavi Mouladhaveela, who fought the British, was an inspiration for generations in Malabar. He became the legendary Qutubuzzaman as he was regarded the leader of his contemporary saints across the world. Irrespective of caste and religion, people from different places visit his shrine on the banks of the Kadalundi River at Mamburam.