Maulana Rizwan Qasmi
Hyderabad: Renowned Islamic scholar and rector of Hyderabad’s Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam, Maulana Rizwanul Qasmi died on 11 October 2004 after remaining in coma for about a month due to brain haemorrage. He was about 60 years of age.
A man of high morale and dignity, Maulana Qasmi was born in Rasoolpur, Darbhanga in Bihar. He graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband and was an active member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and All India Milli Council. He was the vice president of the Islamic Fiqh Academy. About two decades ago he had shifted to Hyderabad making it his city of residence. He took over as rector of Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam from its co-founder late Maulana Ziauddin. Maulana Qasmi had a balanced personality. He used to write continuously on religious issues in daily Siasat besides giving Friday sermon in the Aamira Mosque located at Abids in the heart of the city.
Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam, a well-known Islamic seminary in Hyderabad, flourished under his supervision. Maulana Qasmi opened a computer centre for the students of the seminary, a sewing centre for training besides making arrangements for classes in English and other modern subjects to the students of his madrasah. He had also planned to start a Unani medicine course in the seminary campus.
He used to organize camps, seminars and symposia on the topics of Da’wat and religion. He was the host of the 14th IFA seminar held in July 2004 in Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam. He was a shining example of the educational and religious improvement of Hyderabadi Muslims.
Muslim scholars from all parts of the country have condoled Maulana Rizwanul Qasmi’s death as a big loss to the city of Hyderabad in general and to the whole Muslim community in particular.
Meanwhile, Mufti Hassan Qasmi, Maulana Rizwan’s brother and rector of Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam, announced on 20 October that an all-India seminar will be organized in Hyderabad on 28-29 December 2004 to discuss Maulana Rizwanul Qasmi’s thoughts and services. Renowned scholars from all parts of the country are expected to participate in the proposed seminar.
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