Mangaluru, May 21, 2016: A so called power struggle between two factions to gain administrative control of the Ullal Juma Masjid and Sayyid Madani Dargah here has prompted the DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim to recommend appointment of an administrator for the Dargah, which has a history of more than 500 years.
DK DC Ibrahim has briefed the secretary, Minority Welfare, Hajj and Wakf Department to appoint an administrator or direct the 49 elected members for the administrative board of the Dargah to elect a president and office bearers to end the power stale mate.
The DC feels concerned that with Holy month of Ramzan is starting in the first week of June, the non-formation of the administrative committee would put the pilgrims to lot of hardships as required facilities would not be made available. The DC also stated in a letter to the secretary that clashes may erupt between the two groups in this attempt to wrest power apart from hampering admission process to educational institutions and dispensing salaries to staff.
The disturbance started on April 26 this year when the 49 members elected in five (kariya) zones under the Dargah met to elect president and office bearers for the year 2016-2020. The process of formation of new administrative body starts after the Uroos, which was held in 2015. The Dargah has 30 masjids, 33 Madarasas and 28 Mohallas under five zones and each zone has to elect 10 members each.
On April 26, the present Khazi and former president US Hamza were absent and some members walked out ofthe meet, held to elect the new president and office bearers. But 25 members who stayed on, elected Abdul Rashid as its president. Subsequently, others members under the leadership of Ullal Khazi held a meeting and appointed Abdul Bukhari Kallapu as its president. This led to the formation of two committees, unprecedented in the history of the Dargah and the administrative offices were put under lock and key by the Wakf Board after clashes between two groups leading to law and order problem.
Sources said the problem is rooted in the existence of two groups - EK (named after late E K Abubacker Musaliyar) and AP (led by cleric Kanthapuram A P Abubacker Musaliyar) - trying to prove supremacy. This is a recent phenomenon after UK Ibrahim, who was president of the Dargah continuously for 35 years, passed away. After Ibrahim, Kanachur Monu became the president and during this period the simmering tensions between two groups started surfacing. While EK Sunnis are politically identified with Indian Union Muslim League, AP Sunnis support Left, this is seen as stemming from politics.