Arakkal Beevi

Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad
Professor Masood-ul Hasan

Head of erstwhile Arakkal Royal Family

Kannur; (Kerala): Sulthan Arakkal Adiraja Fathima Muthu Beevi, the 38th head of the erstwhile Arakkal royal family here, passed away at her residence in Chettumkunnu near Thalassery. She was 86.She had assumed the title of Arakkal Beevi, following the death of her sister Sulthan Arakkal Adiraja Zainaba Aysha Beevi on July 1 last year.
Muthu Beevi, had been born as the eighth child of Aloopy Elaya and Arakkal Adiraja Mariyam on August 3, 1932, in the Arakkal Kettu, which is the ancestral house of the Arakkal royal family. She had done her schooling in the local school near the Arakkal Kettu. As head of the Arakkal house, the lone Muslim principality in the State that ruled parts of Kannur and the islands in Lakshadweep, she had been the ceremonial head of the establishments under the erstwhile royal family. As the Arakkal family follows a matriarchal system of descent, it chooses the eldest member of the family as its head and ruler.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condoled the death of the ArakkalBeevi. The body of the deceased was buried at the Odathil Mosque at Thalassery.
(Taken from thehindu.com)