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Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi remembered
By Danish A Khan, Delhi

Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasimi was remembered in a condolence meeting organised by the Islamic Fiqh Academy, New Delhi at Ansari Auditorium of Jamia Millia Islamia on 13 April.

Several dignitaries who were associated with Maulana Qasimi paid their handsome tributes to the departed soul. Amongst those present on the occasion also included representatives from prominent Muslim foreign missions such as embassies of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and Morocco, besides several ulama and Muslim intellectuals.

Professor Tahir Mahmood, former chairman, National Minorities Commission, the first to speak, said that his 30 years of association had endeared him to the late Qazi Sahib. Sorrowfully expressing his immense gratitude to Qazi Sahib, Prof. Mahmood said that he was appointed as Chairman, NMC, by Deve Gowda government on the recommendations of late Qazi Sahib. Describing Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasimi as a great visionary, Prof. Mahmood said that with his passing away at a time when the Muslim community in India is facing one of its most turbulent times, the void would be extremely difficult to fill for years to come. "Qazi sahib was an atiyaa (gift) from Allah for the Muslim Ummah," Prof. Mahmood said.

Syed Shahabuddin, ex-MP and president, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat (AIMMM), recalled his association with Qazi sahib in glowing terms. While reminiscing an incident, Mr. Shahabuddin said that at the time of his youngest daughter’s marriage he personally went to invite Qazi sahib for the occasion. Although, Qazi sahib was keeping ill health those days, yet he showed up sharply at the appointed hour and solemnised the nikaah of his daughter. Not only this, the important part of the event was that the mehr was not fixed in currency but gold. Taking the opportunity Mr. Shahabuddin said that till now the Muslims have been solemnising the nikaah and fixing the mehr in their respective currencies which is strictly in violation of the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. In fact, the mehr should be preferably fixed in gold as called upon by the Holy Qur'an. "Indexation of mehr for women is a must and a need of the hour," Mr. Shahabuddin said. Talking about the late Qazi Sahib, Mr. Shahabuddin said that he was an orator par excellence, and was able to reach the fundamentals of the core issue. As his name was, Qazi Sahib was in fact a mujahid. The political thoughts of Qazi Sahib were quite transparent for the Muslim Indians. "Qazi Sahib used to say that Jihad is the right of Muslim Ummah but it should be within the parameters of the established Indian polity," Mr. Shahabuddin recalled. "Even during his extreme illness, he did not refrain from doing hard work. It seems that he had a premonition of his approaching death," Mr. Shahabuddin observed.

Osama Hasan Al-Jauhar, First Secretary, Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, expressed his deepest condolences for the passing away of a towering personality like Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasimi. His mission should be carried forward with all zeal, and Muslim Ummah is duty-bound to see his mission through, Shaikh Osama said.

Walid Al-Manufi, First Secretary, Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt, also expressed his condolences and offered his full cooperation in carrying forward Qazi Sahib’s mission.

Syed Hamid Raza Syedmand, Second Secretary, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, first of all exhorted the gathering to recite Surah Fateha in memory of the departed soul. While extending his condolences, Mr. Syedmand said that Qazi Sahib’s services for the cause of Muslim Ummah and Islamic jurisprudence are laudable. His death has come at a time when there is an onslaught on the Muslims worldover. It is unfortunate that Palestinians are being brutally killed and their voices stifled by the satanic and Zionist forces who have always been inimical to Islam. Islamic Republic of Iran vows to work for the Muslim Ummah with a revolutionary zeal.

Maulana Israrul Haque Qasimi, senior functionary of All India Milli Council, said that Maulana Qasimi was always a leader. His judgments were also praised by the distinguished jurists of Indian courts. In Qazi sahib’s view the unity of the Muslim Ummah was of paramount importance. "Talent amongst the Muslim Ummah should be spotted out and very well utilised," was an acknowledged view of the late Qazi Sahib, Maulana Israrul Haque said. Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasimi was a great exponent of the political unity of Muslims, dalit Hindus and backward communities. He also advocated that in Muslim educational institutions dalit Hindus should be given admission, Maulana Israrul Haque said.

Maulana Jalaluddin Ansar Umari, Naib Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that Qazi sahib’s understanding was quite deep and comprehensive. He used to deal with the issue keeping in view the pace of changing times, and the current and burning issues were mostly dealt with.

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