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Maulana Ahmad Ali Qasmi remembered

New Delhi: A condolence meeting was held here at the central office of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat on 23 March to pay homage to Maulana Ahmad Ali Qasmi who had breathed his last two days earlier at Ranchi. Maulana Qasmi was a former vice president and a former general secretary of AIMMM. Members of AIMMM and people of the area participated in the meeting presided over by Maulana Junaid Ahmad Banarsi, member of AIMMM's central committee. AIMMM President Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said the credit for the merger of the two groups of Mushawarat last October goes mostly to Maulana Qasmi. Dr Khan said he saw tears  twice in the eyes of the departed leader -- once during the talks about the merger when the Maulana said, "I wish this merger to take place in my life so that I die after restoring this asset to the Millat in the shape our elders had bequeathed it to us". The other time, I saw tears in his eyes was when the merger was finalised, Dr Khan said.

AIMMM General Secretary Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi said Maulana Qasmi had relations with people on all levels from the lowest to the top government officials and he always talked to senior officials and ministers in a frank way. He became active in the milli life after the Raukela and Jamshedpur riots and went to jail during that agitation. He openly spoke against the forced family planning during the Emergency period. He started to write his autobiography and published some parts of it in his magazine, "Dawat-o-Azeemat" but could not complete it which is a loss since he was privy to may important details about issues of his time.

AIMMM General Secretary and editor of daily Jadeed Khabar, Masoom Moradabadi said that as a junior journalist he used to meet the Maulana in his Kucha Chelan office. He was a corner-stone of many organisations. He believed in finding compromises and always thought about how to settle milli issues. His message is: we have still to do a lot in order to lead an honourable life under the Sun. Maulana Banarsi said in his presidential address that the departed leader was outspoken and enjoyed the art of convincing people. He was instrumental in the unification of the two groups of Mushawarat. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2014 on page no. 13

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