Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi, the president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Rector (chancellor) of Nadwatul Ulama, and one of the most pioneer Islamic scholars of India, passed away at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama - a prominent Islamic seminary in Lucknow - on april13, after a prolonged illness. He was 94. The cleric is survived by his three daughters.
Named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world , he played a critical role upholding the rights of the Muslim community in India.
He was also the head of two important organizations - AIMPLB which represents Muslims in legal and social issues and Nadwatul Ulama which is instrumental in imparting Islamic education .
He began his career teaching Islamic studies at Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow after being born in Rae Bareli. He was named as the institution's Rector in 2000, a position he retained until his passing. The well-known "Ali Miyan" author-reformer and Nadwatul Rector Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi's nephew, Nadvi, demonstrated that he was a fitting heir to his uncle by expertly running the organisation after Ali Miyan passed away.
"His death is a big loss to humanity. Having known him for years, both as a doctor and a social observer, I can say that I have never seen such a well-read person who was so down to earth. World may remember him as an Islamic scholar but he was more of a humanist," said Dr Kauser Usman, professor of medicine at KGMU, reported TOI.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, the head of the Islamic Centre of India, remembered his contributions to Islamic learning, jurisprudence, and interfaith engagement by saying, “As president of AIMPLB for over two decades, he undertook many reforms for the community. He was an able educationist and administrator.” “His contribution towards the community is unparalleled, and it will not be easy to fill the void,” Mahali said. Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad described him as a well-respected figure who had contributed immensely to the community.
“Having represented India at many international forums, Maulana Nadvi left a lasting impression on people with his knowledge and thoughts. Death of such a great scholar is a great loss to the Muslim world which cannot be compensated,” he added. “Throughout his life, Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi tirelessly advocated for the advancement of Muslim education,” said Mazhar Farooqui, founder of a charitable organization. “His inspired people to work harder towards the goal of empowering future generations through education.” Nadvi was also an accomplished author and had written several books on Islamic theology, including a commentary on the Quran.
In addition, he oversaw a number of organisations both in India and abroad. He was a founder member of the Muslim World League and served as vice-president of the Aalami Rabita Adab-e-Islami in Riyadh. “He was also well travelled and had participated in several conferences and seminars across the world. His contribution in promoting understanding and cooperation between different religious communities is immense,” said Mohd Gufran Naseem, member of Youth Sunni Federation. Additionally, he participated actively in All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, a federation of Muslim groups throughout the nation. According to Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, Nadvi's funeral would take place in Rae Bareli on Friday morning. Akhilesh Yadav, the president of the SP, and BSP leader Mayawati expressed their condolences.
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