Vakkom Mohammad Abdul Khadir who is now popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi was one of the tallest leaders of the Kerala Renaissance which began in the second half of the 19th century and continued till the end of the first half 20th century with great vigour that caused great awakening in Kerala in the tidal waves of which several of the superstitions connected with religious beliefs of almost all communities in Kerala were washed away and new ideas of freedom and progress blossomed.
The role played by the Moulavi in several spheres of life during this period has been evaluated as really epoch-making. Education, social and religious reforms and political journalism are the areas in which the Moulavi’s works are considered to be memorable. A great scholar and a multi-linguist, he made periodicals in Malayalam and Arabi-Malayalam, mainly for illiterate Muslims, particularly their womenfolk.
Journals were the main medium through which he propagated his programme and ideas of social and political changes, the effect of which was profound.