Mappila songs are Muslim devotional folk songs in Arabic-laced Malayalam by Mappilas, the largest Muslim group in Kerala. These songs are integral part of the heritage of Malayalam literature and have a distinct cultural identity, which reveals the spirit and culture of Kerala. Themes highlighted in these songs are religion, love, satire, female subjects and heroism and are sung on various occasions such as marriage, birth and death. The literature of Mappila songs represents the aspirations of the Mappila community over the ages. It is said that the earliest dated works belong to 17th century in the Mala genre and Moyinkutty Vaidyar is one of the oldest poets of Mappila Paatu.