Since Jamaat e Islami was formed in the state in Jan 1948, the movement has held many conferences which were landmarks in its history. Each conference showcased the growth and development of the movement.
Though the attendance in initial conferences was rather sparse, people took notice of the remarkable discipline of the delegates and their Islamic character. It was also the forum for the assessment of the party's activities so far, and for planning future programmes.
Jamaat e Islami in its 55 years of history in Kerala has held 15 state conferences apart from numerous area level conferences.
Jamaat e Islam's landmark Conferences at a glance
Valancheri (1948 Jan.)
The first ever meeting of the movement in which J.I. was formerly formed in the state was held in the house of an activist at Valancheri. Attended by more than 200 persons from all over Kerala, the meeting also brought many leaders of Muslim community together. They all were given chance to air their views. On this momentous day Jaama'tul Mustharshideen, under whose auspices the meeting was held, became J.I. Haji sahib was elected the Qayyim.
Kozhikode (1948 Aug. 21)
The second meeting of J.I. was very significant in that many important decisions were taken in it. J.I. office in Valancheri was designated the Halqa center and K.C. Abdulla Moulavi was appointed as assistant Qayyim. The decision to launch Prabodhanam as party mouth piece was also taken at this conference. A 12 member Majlis Shura (consultative committee) was also formed.
Valapattanam (1950 Dec. 29, 30)
The conference held in 2 days was attended by 350 delegates and more than 1000 persons turned up for public meetings, held in evenings in both days. The most significant declaration made at the conference was to that of the decision buy a separate press for the Prabodhanam.
Santhapuram (1952 March 1, 2, 3)
The Santhapuram conference held in the courtyard of a house was attended by 500 delegates. More than 2000 people showed up for public meeting. According to the report submitted at the conference, the movement then had 35 members and around 500 sympathizers. The conference divided the state into 12 convenient farqas.
Edayur (1953 March 1, 2, 3, 4)
The VI conference held in 4 days in Malappuram district was attended by more than 2000 people including 500 delegates.
Malappuram (1955 April 9, 10)
More than 5000 people from as far as Madras, Manglore and Coimbatore attended the public meeting held at night Besides, more than 1000 delegates attended all the sessions of the two day conference with this conference, the structure of the movement under went certain changes. A new position called ‘Ameer' was introduced and Haji Sahib was appointed the first ameer, while T. Mohamed Sahib was appointed the Qayyim.
This conference has had a pivotal role in the later break through the movement made in educational arena. The conference adopted a resolution that stressed the need for establishment of more educational institutions (7 madrasas had already been set up by J.I.) that could mould Islamic activists of high academic excellence. The decision to take over XI Madrasathul Islamiya at Mulliakurssi, the present Al-Jamia Al-Islamiya was also taken there.
Aluva (1957 Dec. 28, 29)
Though the conference was held far away from Malabar regions, twice the member of audiences in Malappuram turned up at the conference venue. An auditorium that could accommodate 2500 people was arranged, Delegates numbered 1500 while the public meeting was attended by as many as 2000 people.
Moozhikkal (1960 Dec. 31, 1961 Jan. 1)
Since the first Ameer Haji Sahib had passed away in 1959, K.C. Abdulla Moulavi was appointed the 2 nd Ameer. Held in a specially arranged pandal on a river bank, the conference was attended by 3300 delegates and the public meeting by 15,000 people. It was with this conference that the media began to take notice of J.I. conferences. Suggestions like establishing a branch for IPH in Thirukochi. Upgrading some Madrasas into colleges unifying Madrasa syllabus and exam emerged at the conference.
Malappuram (1969, March 8, 9)
The Malappuram conference held after a 9 year hiatus was a testimony to the unprecedented growth of the movement had by then. The pandal arranged for the purpose was so large as to put up 10,000 men and 2000 women. There were as many as 1500 volunteers. The conference a lot had a separate session for women in which women addressed the audience. Around 50,000 people turned up for the public meeting.
The symposium held at the conference also had some eminent non Muslims addressing the audience.
Da'vath Nagar (1983 Feb. 19, 20)
The conference venue bore witness to the largest ever gathering J.I. has had in its history in the state. A crowd 75,000 people, 20,000 of them women thronged the specially arranged Pandal.
The Conference had various sessions like inaugural session, tharbiyath meet, Da'va meet, women's conference, talks, educational session and valedictory session.
Hira Nagar (1998 April 18, 19)
The Hira conference with its unprecedented media attention and an audience of more than 2 lakh people, testified to the growing popularity of the movement in Kerala. A galaxy of international dignitaries like the celebrated Islamic scholar Mohamed Quthub, the Vice President of ‘ISNA' (America)- Siraj Vahaj, Member of Parliament (Kuwait)- Nasir swani, Professor George Town Univerisity in U.s. – John. L. Exposito addressed the gathering.
Various sessions were held under such heads as inaugural session, the party session, solidarity conference, Ideological session, Cultural Session, and Valedictory session. The conference was remarkable for the participation of a considerable member of non-Muslims.
In a unique function, 75 young people got married in a mass wedding programme arranged by Islamic Marriage Bureau at the conference venue.