Sheikh Zainuddin Makhdoom bin Sheikh Al Qazi Ali (Arabic: شيخ زين الدين المخدوم بن الشيخ عبد العزيز المليباري; Zayn al-Dīn ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz Malībārī), grandfather of Zainuddin Makhdoom II, the famous author of Fat'h Ul Mueen, the Arabic text book on Shafi'i school of Fiqh or Islamic jurisprudence and Thuhfathul Mujahidin, the Arabic text book on History of Kerala before and during the Portuguese period. Fathul Mueen was taught in some of the most renowned Islamic Universities such as Al Azhar, Egypt. He is the builder of Ponnani Juma Masjid.
He did not limit himself to work as a cleric, but made many significant intervention in the political arena, keeping warm relations with the major political figures in that period. He lived during the regime of Akbar of the Mughal Empire and had a good relationship with Sultan Ali Adil Shah I, Sultan of Bijapur, as well as the Zamorin of Calicut. He was a strident advocate of freedom struggles against the imperialist power of Portugal, and motivated the youth to take part in the special army of Zamorin to defend against them. In his masterpiece Tufathul Mujahideen Fi Akhbar ul Burthugalin, he narrated the brutality of the Portuguese on the Malabar soil with special reference to their anti-Muslim stance. He used to instil in Muslim youth the necessity of holy war and the inevitability of military action against the Portuguese. In the aforementioned text, he motivated them by exuding the endless promises of the Almighty for those who waged war against them, and boosted their morale by leading their mind to the sweet memories of the golden age of Islam. 2b1af7f3a8