Youth’s growing responsiveness makes Muslim bodies tightlipped in age of social media
All main Muslim organizations in Kerala, together with the most important group of realized males referred to as Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, have been pressured to show a blind eye to a growing soccer habit among the many Muslim youth who appear to worry a backlash from the youth.
Neither any Muslim group nor any scholar of reputation in the state condones the ostentatious shows of soccer craze discovered among the many youth. But none of them are keen to say a phrase towards the youth, particularly on the subject of their extreme ardour for soccer and the groups and stars of the sport.
Never earlier than in the historical past of Muslims in Kerala have their organizations and their leaders been pressured to stay so tight-lipped, due to the rising responsiveness of the youth and the ability of youth-dominated social media.
Gone are the times when a Samastha chief like EK Aboobacker Musliar might transfer a sea of humanity gathered on the Kozhikode seashore with a easy gesture of his finger. Gone are the times when students might concern fatwas and make the individuals abide by them.
Scholars and their organizations have gotten more and more conscious that warning is the survival mantra in the social media age. That is why heads and spokespersons of all Muslim organizations together with two Samasthas headed by Syed Jifri Muthukoya Thangal and Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliar respectively, Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen headed by TP Abdullakoya Madani and Husain Madavoor and Jamat-eE-Islami headed by MI Abdul selected to stay silent when a younger chief like Nasar Faizy Koodathai opened a Pandora’s field when he criticized the Muslim youth for excessively loving soccer and its stars like Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.
Interestingly, none of them agree with Mr. Faizy. But they’re of the opinion that Mr. Faizy recklessly threw warning to the wind by posting one thing on social media that wanted to be dealt with neatly. Mr. Faizy drew sharp criticism from varied quarters when he spoke out towards the soccer craze of Muslim youth. The Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama took the brunt of the criticism for Mr. Faizy’s deed taken.
A senior chief of the Samastha instructed this newspaper on situation of anonymity that Mr. Faizy’s was a callous act. However, he suspected that it was a deliberate act meant to drive the most important physique of Muslim students in Kerala to the wall. Resentment was brewing in the Samastha towards Mr. Faizy’s act, which expressed indicators of a division in the physique of clergy.
However, some katibs (preachers) cleverly reached out to the neighborhood throughout the Juma prayers on Friday after they reminded the individuals of the significance of spending their wealth in methods cherished by God. Indirectly, they communicated in fewer phrases the futility of falling prey to an habit referred to as soccer.