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Dr. Muqtada Hasan Azhari

Dr. Muqtada Hasan Azhari, who died on 30 October at the age of 70, needs no introduction to religious scholars and the learned in the country. A prominent Islamic scholar, preacher,  orator, social reformer and thinker,  he was also a popular author and experienced teacher.

Proficient in Urdu, Arabic and Persian, he wrote more than 60 Arabic and Urdu books, mostly on religious matters including the popular book Tarikh-e Adab-e-Arabi in five volumes which is taught in several colleges and universities. Dr Azhari was associated with a number of social, cultural, literary and religious organization like Muslim Personal Law Board, Aligarh Muslim University, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadis, Aalmi Rabita Adab Islami, Muslim World League and was the Principal of Jamiah Salafiah of Varanasi. In his death Jamiah Salafiah lost an experienced teacher.

Dr Azhari was born in Mau on 8 August 1939. He received his early education at his native place. He then went to Egypt to study in  Al-Azhar in 1966. On his return, he completed M.Phil & PhD degrees from AMU. He devoted his life to Jamiah Salafiah.

He was a sincere lover and well-wisher of students, a man of humility with a sense of service to humanity. Being a prolific writer on religious affairs and social reform, he received many awards including the Presidential award for Arabic.

Dr Azhari was buried in a Mau graveyard. Thousands of people from different walks of life participated in his funeral prayers and conveyed their condolences to the members of Azhari family. Condolence meeting were held at hundreds of places all over India. His death was described as the end of an era. May Allah reward him for his struggle and sacrifices (Anis Reyaz -

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2010 on page no. 16

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