– Mohammed Atherulla Shariff
A mammoth gathering of students and youths with Malayalam features had turned out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sunni Students Federation (SSF) in the palace ground Bangalore, recently.
Abubakr Muslyiar, the Grand Mufti, graced the assemblage. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shiv Kumar, Speaker of the Assembly UT Khader and Housing and Minority Affairs Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan also addressed the gathering.
Addressing the attendees, the Chief Minister admired SSF’s contributions to upholding the values of unity, the Constitution and the integrity of the nation. He emphasized the importance of education and urged students to channel their energy and organizational skills to propel India’s development. Stating that India belongs to every Indian, the CM pledged to protect the rights of all citizens, without any sort of discrimination on caste, or religion lines.
SSF State President Hafiz Sufiyan narrated the organization’s educational priorities – theology and contemporary education as well. He underlined that SSF members have remained committed to societal well-being.
SSF, the student wing of All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema, was founded by the Grand Mufti in Kerala in 1973, has its presence in other states too. Karnataka is one of its strong bases in south India next to the home state. White-clothed madrasa students with turbans had turned in large numbers giving a snowy look to the palace ground.