By C.K. Stephan
CALICUT: “Yaadon Ka Safar: Journey of Memories,” a remarkable new book, will be released by the well-known orator, scholar, and writer Dr. MP Abdusamad Samadani, MP, on 25th August at Al Islah English School Auditorium in Chennamangallur, Calicut. The book, Yaadom Ka Safar, sheds light on the remarkable contributions of K.T.C. Beeran, a revered social reformer and educationist who revolutionized Arabic and Urdu education in Kerala, India.
Carefully curated by editor KT Abdurabb, a Dubai-based media professional, the book presents a compelling narrative of Beeran’s lifelong mission, featuring firsthand accounts from esteemed individuals, including Members of Parliament and prominent writers.
In addition to Dr. Samadani, a number of prominent writers are sharing their experiences in the book. These writers include ET Muhammad Basheer MP, CT Abdurahim, Hussain Madavoor, O. Abdulla, O. Abdurahman, Abdul Hakeem Ashari, PT Kunhali, Dr. Ajmal Mueen, Dr. PA Kareem, KP Velayudhan, Najeeb Chennamangallur, Muhammad Kakkad, and many others. The book comprises over 45 articles dedicated to celebrating KTC Beeran’s contributions.
K.T.C. Beeran, whose indomitable spirit departed on September 24, 2022, left an indelible mark on Kerala’s educational landscape. From an early age, he displayed an insatiable thirst for knowledge that propelled him toward his life’s purpose.
Beeran embarked on his educational journey at esteemed institutions such as Vazhakkad Darul Uloom and Aliya Islamic College in Kasaragod. Armed with a solid foundation in Islamic studies and Urdu literature, he returned to his village driven by an unwavering sense of responsibility to his community.
Fueled by his passion for promoting Islamic studies and Urdu literature, Beeran established the Basme Hasanath Club, which swiftly emerged as a prominent hub for his initiatives. In 1952, with unwavering support from the local community, Beeran and his comrades founded Al Madrasthul Islamiya—a religious madrassa in Chennamangallur that became a beacon of knowledge, enlightening numerous generations of students.
Beeran’s dedication to Arabic and Urdu education knew no bounds. He tirelessly worked to establish teaching positions throughout Malabar, empowering villagers to become Arabic teachers. His efforts extended beyond his village, as he founded eight Urdu colleges in the districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Kannur. These institutions played a profound role in promoting the training of Urdu teachers and nurturing a love for the language across Kerala.
Recognizing the need for teaching materials, Beeran authored widely acclaimed Urdu textbooks for schools in Kerala. Additionally, he generously shared his insights and perspectives through articles and news reports in prestigious publications like Chandrika and Prabhodhanam Weekly. Beeran also briefly served as the editor of the Urdu tabloid Malabari Awaaz (Voice of Malabar) in Kozhikode.
Beeran’s international experiences in Yemen and Saudi Arabia broadened his horizons, enriched his knowledge, and instilled in him a global perspective that further fueled his passion for educational reform.
The impact of Beeran’s tireless efforts on Kerala’s education system is undeniable. Thanks to his decades of dedication, numerous Arabic teachers have emerged from the community, enriching the educational landscape. The establishment of Urdu colleges in strategic locations has bolstered the number of qualified Urdu teachers and facilitated the proliferation of the language throughout the state. Beeran’s authored textbooks have played a pivotal role in disseminating Urdu in Kerala’s schools.
Beeran’s influence extended far beyond education. Recognizing the significance of imparting the fundamental tenets of Islam to a wider audience, he authored insightful books in Malayalam that served as enlightening guides.
“Yaadon Ka Safar: Journey of Memories” pays homage to the extraordinary life and legacy of K.T.C. Beeran, highlighting his monumental contributions to education, language preservation, and social development. This captivating book is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration from a true visionary and trailblazer.
About the author:
Mr. KT Abdurabb, editor of the book, and a senior media professional in the UAE, was honored by the Ras Al Khaimah Broadcasting Authority for launching the first Malayalam Radio in 1992. The program aimed to familiarize the foreign community with UAE culture and regulations, inspiring similar initiatives. Abdurabb’s remarkable career includes journalism at Khaleej Times, The Gulf Today, Arab News, and Malayalam News. Currently, as the Middle East Media Relations Head at Larsen & Toubro, he maintains media relations and advises on strategic communication.