Imtiaz Ali

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Mufti Shabil Ali (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) left Trinidad, in 1973, to India in the pursuit of higher Islamic studies at Arabic College, Darul Uloom, Sabeelur Rashaad, in Bangalore, India. Mufti Shabil Ali graduated with the title Maulana as well as an ‘Ashara Qaari (one who is versed in ten variant ways of recitation of the Holy Qur’an). He then proceeded to Dabhel Madrasah in Surat, Gujrat, India, where he completed his Mufti course. He returned to Trinidad in 1981 and was very active in the Nur-e-Islam Maktab. Three years later, in 1984, he founded and became the first Principal of the Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago with its humble beginning in the garage of his home in San Juan. The Darul Uloom was relocated in 1986 to its present venue at Rashaad Ave, Mon Plasir Road, Cunupia. The passing away of Mufti Shabil Ali (RH) on 15th April 1996 was a great loss to the Muslims of Trinidad and Tobago. His good works continue at the now well established Darul Uloom.

This paper, presented at the Caribbean Muslim Forum 2005,  seeks to briefly document efforts towards Caribbean Muslim co-operation and examine possibilities for enhancing and developing Muslim co-operation and integration in the Caribbean region. It is hoped that it will also serve as a catalyst for critical thinking and analysis on the subject and maybe as a platform for a new era of development.

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