Mr. Ibrahim had been ailing for some time and was being treated at a private hospital in Mangalore, according to family sources.
Mappila-paattu or Mappila Song is a folklore Muslim song genre rendered to lyrics in colloquial Mappila dialect of Malayalam laced with Arabic, by the Mappilas of Malabar.
Mappila songs have a distinct cultural identity, while at the same time, remain closely linked to the cultural practices of Kerala.
The songs often used words from Persian, Urdu, Tamil, Hindi apart from Arabic and Malayalam, but the grammatical syntax was always based on Malayalam. They deal with themes such as religion, love, satire and heroism, and are often sung at occasions of birth, marriage and death.
Mappila-paattu form an integral part of the heritage of Malayalam literature today and is regarded by some as the most popular branch of Malayalam literature, enjoyed by all communities in Kerala.