Udupi: Muslim Angle to Deepotsava – Haji Abdulla Saheb Remembered

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Nov 7: Many in coastal Karnataka are not aware of the contributions Haji Abdulla Saheb, founder of Corporation Bank, made to religious harmony. As Laksha Deepotsava of Srikrishna Mutt being celebrated today coincides with Bakrid,  it is worth remembering this great man from the town.

Laksha Deepotsava of Srikrishna Mutt is being held from November 7 to 10 this year. Several decades back, because of unanticipated rains, thousands of earthen lamps kept ready for Laksha Deepotsava, were filled with water. The celebrations were destined to be doomed, but for the timely help rendered by Haji Abdulla Saheb. Saheb immediately supplied camphor from his godown, and ensured that the festival of lights went ahead without problems.

Haji Abdulla used to walk around Car Street once daily. He used to pay obeisance to Lord Srikrishna by having His darshan through Kanakana Kindi. Whenever any of the eight Mutts found themselves in a tight spot, Haji Abdulla readily extended help in terms of monetary offerings.

Saheb, who was involved with import-export business, was large-hearted when it came to helping the needy. He helped everyone based on the problems he faced, without looking at his caste, creed, religion, etc. If a person approached him for help in conducting marriage of daughter, Haji never sent him back disappointed.

There was a time when the daily community feast programme of Srikrishna Mutt faced problems because of restrictions placed on rice trade by the government. Saheb readily agreed to send the stock of rice he had imported from Burma to ensure that food distribution programme of the mutt went uninterrupted. He also used to import scents, fragrances and such other requirements for being used to Srikrishna Mutt, from Afghanistan.

The Swamijis of the eight Mutts had been invited when Haji Abdulla conducted his daughter’s marriage. The Diwans of the mutts attended the marriage and handed over presents. At the time Krishnapur Mutt Swamiji took over the task of making a golden palanquin for Lord Krishna, he had deputed the mutt Diwan to Haji Abdulla’s house to convey the same to him. Saheb, responding to the message, readily offered a ‘seru (measure)’ full of gold coins for the purpose.

Saheb used to get food cooked by Brahmin cooks at his home on special occasions like Golashtami, Navatrai, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Deepavali etc, and feed the people. He followed the religious requirements of his religion, but also loved and respected other religions. His love and affection transcended boundaries of religions and sects. The fact that Haji Abdulla continues to be a memorable personality in the annals of Srikrishna Mutt shows how much contribution he had made to religious harmony and universal brotherhood.


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  • SUJITH.POLALI, polali .mangalore

    Tue, Nov 08 2011

    saudi ariba teches to the world what ISLAM is & how it treats otheer religon

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  • A.N.Achar, Mangalore/Chennai

    Tue, Nov 08 2011

    So refreshing to learn about this great soul.I wonder does our present generation of Swamiji's know anything about this great man.LOT TO LEARN TO BOTH COMMUNITIES.

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  • Mohammed, dubai/mangalore

    Tue, Nov 08 2011

    Masha Allah good article. May Allah reward for the good deeds of Mr. Haji abdullah.This article is for the communal mind people in both religion. I believe if every muslim follows the teaching of Quran and sunna,and convey the same to other community, the issue of communal violence will be solved. People think that muslims are bad because media has made people to see that picture by showing the black sheep of muslims. we need to show them what is islam and this teachings.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Good man, a great soul. Truly and sincerely I wish we had many of him in all communities and India will be a great country. R.I.P

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  • suresh, mumbai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Haji Abdulla Saheb is one in Millions. Words are not enough to praise this noble personality. My salutations to him.

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  • Syed Nihaal Hussain, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Proud to reveal that Haji Abdulla Saheb was my gret-great-grandfather! Feels so good to know that his contributions to the society are still remembered and appreciated!

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  • shuaib, mangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Good Article from daiji world,keep it up.It is good article for the present communal mind people,

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  • ravindra, mangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Good article. Communal haronomy is in blood of every Indians, but politiciaans now a days have disturbed the same to acheive their own selfish motives. India need more Haji Abdulla Sahebs, Abdul Kalams, Ajim Premjis and not dawoods and afjals. GREETING TO ALL DAIJIWORLD FANS ON THE OCCASSION OF ID-UL-ADHA.

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    After reading this article some communal minded people may find hard to digest this.

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  • Gerald O F Fernandes, Mangalore/Ireland

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    It's a good informative article from 'Daijiworld' about HAJI ABDULLA SAHEB to the present and future Indian generation throughout globe. Keep it up 'Daiji'. Happy Bakra -Eid to entire muslim community.

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    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Mr. Mohandas why haven't you learned from haji the way he helped the mutt people why you are not learning any thing, you guys have only lerned to destroy the hrmony.Jai hooooooooo

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  • Srikanth, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Thanks Daiji for Publishing such a wonderful Article. I hope such kinds of article brings in communal harmony and benefits the Society.

    Thanks A lot Daiji

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  • aravind, dubai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Excellent article, which is not known for us till date.
    Infact same relationship is still existing in most of the places in majority of the places in India. But unfortunately, there are some group of people existing in all the communities, who want to spoil the harmony due to infulence of poliitical/communal reasons which will pollute the total environment. Live & let live. Thanks Daiji for providing this valuable info.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Kkuh/ Riyadh

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    A example to our existing society. Good works always stand tall in our present and also in the future.Communal harmony is best intrest of our humanity.I thank Daijiworld, for the brief unknown story.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari G , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Ramsena should take a leaf from his life.We should all live in harmony and peace to bring a new generation of secular and democratic india . Very nice article

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  • yusuf, Mata, Upg / Dubai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Good article. These type of people are still there but rare. All my best friends are Hindus, Christians and Muslims also there. In the same time My GM (Mr. Krishnan)is from India, Most of his friends are Muslims. I am a muslim but my GM know more than me. He is pesonally buyying sweets for Diwali and Eid. One day in advance he is giving sweets for us. May god bless all of us (Hindu, Muslim and Christians) to live in peace.

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    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Daijiworld brought us impressing story which manny people did not know.However Corporation Bank did not forget him as it quite often arranges functions commemorating Bank Founder day etc etc.

    These kind of relationships still persists in villages and I shall vouch for my Village.Daijiworld's good piece of enlightenment info is appreciated.

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  • majaz shaikh, mangalore

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Happy to know this peice of info...n eid mubarak n happy laksha deepotsava to all...enjoy

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  • jerry, mumbai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    good article about a grat man , but now many place air is polluted ,may god bless all hindu ,muslim and christians so all may stay in good peace.

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    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Thanks daiji for the nice article about a great personality Haji Abdulla saheb. Eid Mubarak to all the muslim brothers and sisters. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.

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  • Vinod Wilfred Tauro, Madanthyar,Dubai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Thanks to Daijiworld for giving this piece if info about this great person and remembering him during this time. Good work is always remembered for centuries ahead. For the present world Haji Abdulla Saheb is a role model.His great vision towards society is great, eg.Corporation Bank is number one bank in India.

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  • Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Our Psudous should learn from Mr.Haji how to leave a better living with majority people. Look at our Pseudos in the adjacent article here where they insist for more butcher house, & see Mr. Haji here who had offered ready help. If Pseudos respect the sentiments of majority people, definetly minority interest will go together.

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  • Vishwanath Shetty, Parkala / Mumbai

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Thank you Daji for Sharing this Info
    I being from Udupi - never knew these facts !
    We need more Such Haji's in these Days -who would spread the Communal Harmony .

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  • vishwa, udupi

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Thanks daiji, heard a lot about great personality Haji Abdulla Saheb . Eid Mubarak and Happy Laksha Deepotsava dear all.

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  • Girsh, Karkala / Riyadh

    Mon, Nov 07 2011

    Really the great human being.... Best example for universal brotherhood. One should not forget these kind of personalities. These people has to be our role models not Mutalik's or others. Good article at the right time

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