The high profile release of his much commended research work culminated in another trip to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi—the place where it all began. On 7th May 1994, President Shankar Dayal Sharma accorded Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib with the “National Award for Outstanding Arabic Scholar”—a first for a Tamil Muslim.
The citation for the award read:
Born on 29th July, 1930 at Kilakarai West Tamilnadu. Passed M.A., Ph.D., Moulavi Fazil, Shaikhut Tafseer and Afdalul Ulama. More than 1,200 students have studied under him and graduated in the traditional method, in Arabic. Guided eleven students for doing research.
More than 250 manuscripts have been collected, catalogued and preserved in his library. Has translated one from Arabic to Arwi (Arabic-Tamil). Published eight books in English and Tamil. Has contributed several articles in various journals. He is associated with a number of academic institutions in different capacities.
Has presented papers in Belgium, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. The title of Shaikhu Nayagam has been conferred on him by various congregations in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resources Development
Department of Education
Felicitation in South India and Sri Lanka
Following the National Award, the All-India Council for National Integration organised a function in Madras on 8 Oct 1994 to felicitate Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib. Gracing the function were Dr Salahuddin Mohammed Ayyub (Chief Qadi of Tamil Nadu), Chief Justice M. M. Ismail (Madras High Court), A. K. A. Abdus Samad (Ex M.P., Lok Sabha), Dr. A. M. M. Shihabuddin and Wazir Soorja of Sri Lanka.
His Sri Lankan disciples organised another grand function in Colombo on 28 Dec 1994 to honour him. Muslim and non-Muslim Government Ministers and prominent intellectuals attended the event to present their best wishes in person. In both events, his peers and contemporaries lauded praise on him and prayed for his continued success.
The Muslim 500
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) in Jordan, an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, recognised Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib and included him in the list of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” for 2013/2014.