He was appointed as the President of IUML after the death of his elder brother Syyed Mushammad Ali Shihab Thangal,on August 1st, 2009.
Haider Ali Shihab, president of Malappuram District Muslim League, talks about various issues like the organizing capacity of Gulf Malayalees, impact of vote for expatriates, winning and losing in politics, consoling party members in bad times, contributions of UDF government (20001-2006), ideal leadership, reasons for the low rate of suicides in Malappuram district.
Influence of Malayalee Organizations in Gulf Countries
The expatriates in gulf region has a major role in making development in their native country. Especially the organization like Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre has played an important role like helping the needy and generous contributions in the educational field especially in the Malappuram district.
Vote of Expatriates
If the Indian government gives a chance to the expatriates for voting, obviously the circumstance will change. Most probably it would benefit the UDF coalition (considering the massive membership of UDF-inclined organizations like KMCC)
Victory and Defeat
Everything has a positive side and a negative side. If one team wins the other should lose. It is very difficult to maintain the winning course. The crash in previous election was just a negative effect. We evaluated the conditions and found one of the major reason was that we couldn�t make a good relation with public. And also Muslim League had lost their organizational strength. Any way we now understood all our mistakes and we are now trying to build good relationship with public.
Difficulties faced to console party members
In the beginning after our defeat, it was very hard to make the members understand. But this attitude of members and public was automatically changed when the LDF government came into governance. Muslim league conducted various campaigns and went down to the people as part of the measures to boost the party image.
Contributions of UDF Government
Muslim League utilized well their position in the period of previous UDF governance. Especially in sectors like electricity, education, and Public Works. We got many projects accomplished. The public agrees with this on this aspect. But unfortunately in Kerala, the Government changes after five years.
A person who is a leader not only in politics but also in any other sector needs some good qualities. Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is a good example for this and everybody should follow his style of leadership.
Low Suicide rates in Malappuram District
In Malappuram district the number of suicides is less compared to other districts. I think it is because Muslim organizations giving religious education and conducting programs to make the people alert.
The growing Generation
The new generation is being attracted to awful influence. One of the most alarming situations is that youngsters are trying to copy the western culture. Even the college campuses are under the control of intoxication.
We need a civilized community and the Muslims should become the messengers of peace and disperse the message of unity between the religions. A good Muslim can�t take the side with terrorism or communal conflict. They should become role models for others in their lives.