Mangaluru, Jan 8: Veteran Sunni religious scholar and Soofi saint K P Abdul Jabbar Musliyar Mittabail passed away due to age related illness. 85-year-old scholar breathed his last at his residence in Mittabail near B C Road on the outskirts of the city today.
In spite of his ill health, he was busy in religious activities till the last moment of his life. Today he faced severe respiratory problem breathed his last at around 8 p.m., sources said.
Hailing from Kiltan, a coral island belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, he had been residing in Mittabail for past five decades and served as the Khateeb of the Central Juma Mosque of the same village for several years.
He was one of the most sought after Sunni orators in Kerala and coastal Karnataka. He was the vice-president of the Mushawara (advisory council) of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama.
He had refused the Khazi post in Dakshina Kannada. However when then Khazi Kotta Abdul Khader Musliyar fell ill, he had agreed to take up the responsibility until the appointment of a new khazi.
He had deep knowledge in theology (fiqh) and known for his simple living. He has a large number of disciples that are scattered across south India and Middle Eastern countries.
Veteran Sunni cleric Mittabail Abdul Jabbar Musliyar passes away