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Imam-e Ka’ba in India

Shaikh Abdur Rehman Al-Sudais, a distinguished qari (reciter of Qur’an) and one of theImams of Holy Ka’ba in Makkah recently visited India. His hectic one-week visit was on the invitation of JUH(A) chief Maulana Arshad Madni. He arrived in New Delhi on 24 March where he was welcomed by Maulana Arshad Madni, Shoeb Iqbal MLA and councillor Mahmood Zia and others. The imam briefly addressed mediapersons at the airport saying that he came India with a message of love, goodwill and peace. He was invited to attend and address the Azmate Sahaba (glory of the companions of the Prophet) conference held at Delhi’s Ram Lila ground by JUH on March 26.

The Imam was first carried by a helicopter to Deoband where he visited the historic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and delivered the Juma sermon at its famous Masjid Rashid and led the Juma prayer. In the evening, he returned to Delhi. On 26 March, he attended the Azmate Sahaba conference. While addressing a huge gathering there, he said that respect and love of holy companions of the Prophet is a part of our faith and Iman. On 26 March, the Imam visited Jamia Islamia Sanabil in South Delhi and delivered a brief lecture there. Then he visited JIH’s headquarters in Abul Fazl Enclave where JIH’s chief Maulana Jalaluddin Umri honoured him with a memento. On this occasion he also visited Students Islamic Organisation headquarters where he delivered a brief speech and laid the foundation stone of a student’s centre. Due to huge crowd, he failed to lead Zuhr prayers at the Mosque in JIH campus. Thereafter he visited India Islamic Cultural Centre where he was welcomed warmly by its chairman Sirajuddin Quraishi and others and presented a memento.

The Imam led ‘Asr prayer in the Masjid of Ahlehadith Complex at Abul Fazl Encalve and led Maghrib prayer at the historic Jama Masjid of Delhi, where he addressed a huge gathering along with Shahi imam Ahmad Bukhari.

K Rahman Khan, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha invited the imam to dinner at his official residence, where after taking a meal he led the Isha prayer.

On 28 March, before returning to his country, the Imam met and interacted with some ulama alongwith Urdu mediapersons in his hotel and said that his message was love, goodwill and peace. He expressed his thanks to the Indian people in general and to Indian Muslims in particular who gave him much respect and love.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 9

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