Mufti Abdul Qayyum

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Mufti Abdul Qayyum - A tribute



By Naved Masood*

Mufti Abdul Qayyum Sahib (Born 1913) the Mufti-i-Azam or Bare Mufti of Aligarh passed away at his home in Mohalla "Ooper Kot" in the wee hours of 11th September i.e. Idul Fitr. His burial was easily the most crowded that Aligarh city has perhaps ever seen – the general estimate is at 25000. This attests to the affection and reverence in which that `conflict resolver' was held by all sections of the local society – Muslims and Hindu alike. If Aligarh has not witnessed major communal incidents in the last quarter of a century or so, no one can be given greater credit than the late Mufti Sahib.


What prompts me to write this tribute, however, is a fact which was generally ignored in the wide coverage in the vernacular print and electronic media – the fact that Mufti Sahib taught Theology and optional Arabic language in Minto Circle (AMU Boys High School later rechristened ST High School) for almost forty years till his retirement in 1974 or thereabout. I am sure alumni of Minto Circle the world over from the 30s to the 70s of the century that has gone by will join me in paying tribute to a truly remarkable man and a born teacher who wore his scholarship and local stature very lightly. His personality was so very different from the run-of-the-mill self-satisfied, self righteous Maulvi that I realised much later in life that I was judging the sundry Maulanas and Imams by the extraordinarily high stature of "Maulvi Sahib" – so extraordinary was the man that he insisted on being referred to as Maulvi within the premises of the School instead of the more honorific "Mufti Sahib" which in any case was how he was known the other side of the Railway over-bridge aka the Kathh Pula.


His classes were always lively for he encouraged discussion and questions and he presented Sunni Theology not so much as a code of rules and doctrines as a package of moral and ethical propositions – many a leaf could be taken from his pedagogy by the Islamic `televangelists' who supposedly command following among unquestioning believers. I think few, if any, of his pupils would have turned communal fanatics. Another very characteristic feature of his personality was the concerted efforts that he made to make us eschew any feeling of `us' and `they' with Shias or for that matter Hindus.


His Theology Classes were crowded affairs but optional Arabic was a `close club'. In my `batch' there were just six of us and we were taken by the teacher far beyond Al Miratul Arabia – it was he who disabused us of the notion that the people of the "Jahilya" era were Jahils, illiterates. In fact, he was at pains to explain that the Jahilya was the golden era of Arabic poetry and that the versifiers of that era were vilifiers of the holy prophet precisely because they suffered from delusions of grandeur. His punch-line used to be "Behtareen Shaer Zuroori Nahin ke Bhtar Insaan bhee Ho! ".


Much later, while studying Law I had occasion to see fatwas written by him. They bore true stamp of scholarship and I have not seen such pronouncements from the so called "Darul iftaas" of the leading seminaries. His exposition of the Mas'ala was to the point in simple prose and, surprisingly, it gave the reasoning for his opinions with detailed references – I wish the Deoband Muftis have the time and humility to go through his Fatwas – they will have a lot to learn from that unassuming scholar.


Be it recorded that Maulvi Sahib was an alumnus of Madrasa Lutfiya of Aligarh – possibly he was a descendant of the founder. His not being from Deoband or Nadwa was as much responsible for his not being in the league of Ulama as his outspokenness and his propensity to call a spade a spade.


It is a pity that the University makes no efforts to have linkages with the `city'. Post retirement Maulvi Sahib did a lot for the moral improvement of Muslims of Aligarh and to maintain social order in a city that seemed to be eternally on a short fuse. Yet the University community kept itself aloof from the struggles, trials and tribulations of an area facing turmoil for much of 1970s and 80s and did nothing to lend a helping hand to one of its (former) marginalized members who was ever busy dousing flames of hatred and offering conflict resolution across the communal divide. Indeed he was deeply aware of it and in my (last) chance meeting with him in a wedding a few years ago he did mention his disappointment that Sir Syed did not do much to draw attention of the Ashraf elite to the down-trodden majority of the so called Ajnaf and Arzil.


It is in the fitness of things that Maulvi Sahib has been laid to rest next to another stalwart Qazi Ahmedullah the Qazi-i-Shahr – to those who had not witnessed his tours de force i.e. his Nikah Khwani, and those unfortunate Aligs who did not know Qayyum Sahib all one can say;

Afsos Tum ko Meer Se Sohbat Nahin Rahee


*Mr. Naved Masood is an AMU Alum and a senior Civil Servant in Govt. of India and he is based in New Delhi. He can be reached at naved.masood@gmail.com



Video is provided by Yousuf, an AMU Alumni based in Bahrain

Bare Mufti sb

Salam to dear Aligs,
I am blessed & proud to be the student of Hazrat Mufti sb.He was our most respected teacher of the school.Mufti Sb enjoyed full respect from students as well as teachers due to his impressive personality.Mufti sb had millions of followers all around the world.He was An impressive speaker,Great scholor,Non cotroversial Muslim leader who dedicated himself for Millat i Islamiah.Mr Naved Masood "s tribute is based on facts & realities.I pray Allmighty Allah to grant the departed soul JANNAT UL FIRDOS.Ameen.Mohammad Aslam

Mufti Abdul Qayyum Sahib

Asak all aligs,
I had an oppurtunity to know about Aligarh Movement because of Mufti sahib.One of my friend from U.k told me about the tribute of Mr Naved Masood & other posts on Mufti Sahib on Aligarh movement.Mr Naved Masood's tribute is master piece & all other posts are excellent.He was my Theology as well as Arabic teacher in 1967-71.He was perhaps most respected & highly regarded teacher of the school.In 40 years of his service in school had a unique record of never being late.Students of Mufti sahib are spread all over the world are serving in different fields.Mufti Sahib had millions of followers in Indo Pak.He delivered speeches all over India & many cities of Pakistan.I request all of you that any one of you have any video/audio of his speech either load it on this site or please send it direct on my mail id hmdshj@yahoo.com & oblidge me .Allmighty Allah grant our dearest & nearest Mufti sahib Jannat ul Firdous.
Shuja

Bare Mufti Sahib

Assalam o alekum,
Hazrat Maulana Mufti mohammad Abdul Qayyum sahib or Bare Mufti sahib as he was known in entire city of Aligarh was an stalwart of Indian muslim, An Icon of hindu muslim unity,A leader who fought for the upliftment of the community in his whole life without seeking any reward , founder member of all India muslim personal law board, Muslim majlis i mushawarat, Uttar Pardesh deeni taleemi council,A Islamic speaker who had full impact on audience ( Allah Allah Kitni Asarangez taqreer hoti thi).Although I have visited nearly each & every known Indian city to attend several religous meetings but never heard such remarkable speeches like of Our beloved & Most Respected Mufti Sahib & Khutbas of Qazi Mohammad ullah Sahib .Mr Naved Masood have written an impressive & memarable tribute containing facts.It's a reality which he mentioned in the end of the tribute that "AFSOS TUMKO MEER SE SOHBAT NAHIN RAHEE " .I am proud to be Alig
because of A.M.U & Bare Mufti Sahib.If you have an oppurtunity to travel any main Indian city from Jammu to
Calicut or Dhoraji (Gujrat) to interior Assam you will find millions of followers of Bare Mufti sahib.While watching the video I can only quote following Shair of Maulana Hali
"YEH JO DOOBA HAY MAUT KI GAUD MAIN BA ANDAZ-I-FAKHIRANA"
"KABHI NA CHAMKEGA AISA SURAJ HAZAR GARDISH KARE ZAMANA"
Allmighty Allah fill his grave with NOOR & rest him in JANNAT UL FIRDOUS AMEEN. In the end I thank Mr Naved Masood for such a nice tribute . UMAR

Hazrat Mufti Sahib

Salam I Masnoon,
I was shocked to listen the news of sad demise of hazrat Mufti sahib but had no platform to share my sentiments & feelings.One of my friend informed me about the tribute of Mr Naved Masood for the departed soul & Aligarh movement.I really appreciate Mr Naved Masood for his remarkable tribute based on facts. Mufti Sahib's sad demise caused a vaccum not in Aligarh but in India.Mufti Sahib fought for upliftment of Muslims in his whole life & never demand any reward for it .Allmighty Allah place him in JANNAT UL FIRDAUS.Rafi Ahmad

Letter of thanks for tribute of Respected Father Mufti Sb

Assalam O Alekum ,
First of all I on behalf of my bereaved family would like to thank Brother Mr Naved Masood for his exclusive & reverential tribute.I also would like to thank Dr Babar Nazir Delhi, Mr Syed M Naseem Washington DC, Dr Saleem Kidwai New Delhi, Prof Ibne Kanwal (Nasir Mahmood Kamal) Delhi, Mr Akhlaq Ahan New Delhi, Mr Afzal Usmani Austin Texas, Mr Khawar, Mr Asim Naseem Aligarh, Mr Hasan Arshad Doha Qatar, Mr S Abu Rehan Aligarh & thousand of those who called us mailed us for their respectful & sentimental calls /posts. I also would like to salute all those who didn't celebrate Eid & stood by us in the hours of our grief.Almighty Allah shower his choicest blessings & mercy upon you all. Jazakallah. In the end I would like to request you all to remember Respected Father in DUA-E MAGHFIRAT.
Mohammad Irfan Hameed Aligarh. Mail id :- falcobuck@yahoo.com

yaden.

mein ne jab se hosh samhala tab se kis na kisi tarah mufti saheb ke qreeb raha, woh(mufti abdul qayyum sab) mere buzrgon me se the aur mere walid saheb ko apna bada bhai mante the, minto circle me mere ustad bhi the jis waqt aligarh mein hindu muslim fisad ko rahe the us waqt jo relief committe bani thi uska mein member tha aur taqreeban bahut badi zimmedari mere supard thi jo mufti sahbe ki qayadat mein acchi tarah nibhai. zayada tafseel me na jate huae kuch yaden unse wabist hein woh mein share karta hoon. ek bar bad namaz fagr mein mufti saheb ki tafseer sun raha taha zabardast garmi par rahi thi, tafseer mein mojud afrad ne hazrat se barish(rain) ki dua ke liye israr kiya. yaqeen maniye ke dua khatam bhi nahim hui thi ke rahemat-ul-alamin merhban hue aur barish shroo ho gai. wahan mujood afrad ne kaha dekhi apne dua ki aur barish ho gai to mufti saheb ne kaha nahin yeh ap lgon ke ameen ka asar hai aisa ek bar nahin balke hafte( week) me do bar hua. kaya pae ke buzarg the Allah Tallah unko ghareq rehmat kare, darjat ko bulund farmai aur Nabi Karim S.O.W. ka qurb nasib farmaye. ameen summa ameen.

Hazrat Mufti Sahib

Assalam O Alekum
Nice tribute for really a Great Person,Vibrant speaker,Respectable Teacher,An Islamic Scholar having respect for all sects of Ummah & above all Most regardable MUFTI of our time atleast in sub-continent.We all Muslim shall really miss him on each & every moment of our life.Thanks Brother Mr Naved Masood for your most deserving tribute to a real Muslim leader.Almighty Allah shower choicest blessings upon him & fill his grave with NOOR. Syed Abu Rehan A.M.U Aligarh

Chalo tum udhar hawa ho jidhar kee

Assalamolaikum

I was privileged enough to listen to him once at Strachey Hall, SS Hall when I was student of 10+2.I have impact of his speech till now with me.

Chalo tum udhar hawa ho jidhar kee.

he said the above slogan is being Common now a days.ye nabataat kee sifat hai (characteristics of plants and tree).Jidhar kee Hawa hoti hai usee taraf ped paudhe jhuk jaate hain. ye Insaan kee sifat nahi hai.

Insaan mawafiq aur Ghair mawafiq dono haalaat me apne usoolon pe Qaaem Rahta hai.

From very beginning I used to have different approach/thinking about many matter than existing in mass of society. His lecture gave me great boost and motivation.

May ALLAH grant MUFTI Sahab place in JANNATUL-FIRDAUS.

Md. Hasan Arshad
B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering), 2002
Qatar University,Doha

A tribute to my grand father (Mufti Abdul Qayyum) Late

Inaa- lil-lahi-wa-inna-illi-hi-rajioon.

It was a real tragedy that we lost such a great scholar , a human and most of all a great and loving grand father... He was an icon not only for muslims of India but for muslims of the world..i pray to alimighty allah that may he bless his countless blessings over my naana (grandfather) and may his grave be filled with noor and he be resting in peace and may almighty place him to the highest level in janat -ul firdous ameen....i loved him and will always love him ... and i'm proud to be associated with him .... i had a chance to visit aligarh 3 years ago and see him there and while coming back never knew that this would be the last time i'm going to see him and than won't be seeing him again.. he visited Pakistan last time on my wedding in 2006.

Arif
from Pakistan , Karachi

A tribute to my grand father (Mufti Abdul Qayyum) Late

Inaa- lil-lahi-wa-inna-illi-hi-rajioon.

It was a real tragedy that we lost such a great scholar , a human and most of all a great and loving grand father... He was an icon not only for muslims of India but for muslims of the world..i pray to alimighty allah that may he bless his countless blessings over my naana (grandfather) and may his grave be filled with noor and he be resting in peace and may almighty place him to the highest level in janat -ul firdous ameen....i loved him and will always love him ... and i'm proud to be associated with him .... i had a chance to visit aligarh 3 years ago and see him there and while coming back never knew that this would be the last time i'm going to see him and than won't be seeing him again.. he visited Pakistan last time on my wedding in 2006.

Arif
from Pakistan , Karachi

Assalam-o-alaikum all,

Inaa- lil-lahi-wa-inna-illi-hi-rajioon.
i am blessed and proud to be a part of mufti sahib's family
I am from Pakistan and i am grand daughter -in-law of late Mufti Abdul Qayyum sahib. it was very very sad and shocking news for thewhole family. he was such a great man as well as great islamic scholor. we visited aligarh three years back and really glad to knew that he was a very d ear person to whole aligarh. Almighty Allah shower his
blessings upon the departed soul. I have no words to say about his great personality. I just request to you all for his Dua-e-Mughfirat.
and naveed sahib thank you so much for this writing.

Thank you

Mrs. Arif
Karachi, Pakistan

MUFTI ABDUL QAYYUM Sb,

Assalam O Alekum, Almighty Allah shower his choicest blessings upon the departed soul.An stalwart of Alig biradri,great Islamic speaker, honourable teacher,An Aalim above all sectarial controversies having respect for all sects. He dedicated his life for the unity & upliftment of muslims.Mr Khawar rightly pointed out that real tribute to Respected Mufti Sahib will be to follow his teachings & fight for the unity of MUSLIMS.I would like to appreciate Brother Naved Masood for his exceptional & most deserving tribute.Jazakallah.Asim Naseem,Aligarh

MUFTI ABDUL QAYYUM SB

Assalam O Alekum,
As the news of the sad demise of Hazrat Moulana Mufti Mohammad Abdul Qayyum sb spread Alig community especially alumuni of Minto Circle plunged into sorrow.The tribute to the departed soul paid by Brother Mr naved Masood is really magnificient & based on the unquestionable facts.Mufti Abdul Qayyum sb was against sectarianism & fought for this noble cause in his whole life.I think it will be a real tribute to Hazrat Mufti sb that all of us follow his teachings & fight for the unity of muslim community.In the end I would like to request all Aligs for DUA--I--MAGHFIRAT for our beloved & most respectable discerning teacher.KHAWAR

A tribute to my grand father (Mufti Abdul Qayyum) Late

Inaa- lil-lahi-wa-inna-illi-hi-rajioon.

It was a real tragedy that we lost such a great scholar , a human and most of all a great and loving grand father... He was an icon not only for muslims of India but for muslims of the world..i pray to alimighty allah that may he bless his countless blessings over my naana (grandfather) and may his grave be filled with noor and he be resting in peace and may almighty place him to the highest level in janat -ul firdous ameen....i loved him and will always love him ... and i'm proud to be associated with him .... i had a chance to visit aligarh 3 years ago and see him there and while coming back never knew that this would be the last time i'm going to see him and than won't be seeing him again.. he visited Pakistan last time on my wedding in 2006.

Arif
from Pakistan , Karachi

Janab Mufti Abdul Qayyum Sb

It was sad to know about the demise of Janab Mufti Abdul Qayyum sahab.
During my stay in Aligarh from 1988 to 1997, I have attended several programs where Mufti Abdul Qayyum sahab was present and addressed the audience. In Eid Miladun-Nabi function at Kennedy Hall, which used to be organised by Anjuman-e-Faizan-e-Mustafa headed by Prof. Shafi sb of Dept. of Physics, he used to preside the event.
Mufti sb was very well respected in and around AMU campus. Never heard any controversy with his statement of decree or fatwa.
We all pray to Allah for his blessings and mercy on the deceased.

Regards.

Afzal Usmani
Austin Texas

khuda rahmat konad

Beside being a good scholar, devout follower of the religion; he was great as a person and had a great sense of humor. aasmaN teri lehad pe shabnam afshani karey.....!
akhlaq ahan
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Mufti Abdul Qayyum sb

Assalamalekum

Inna lilahe wa inna ilahe rajeoon.

May Allah grant maghfirat to Marhoom Mufti Abdul Qayyum .May Allah fill his
grave with noor and make it a place of comfort.Ameen .He was my

theology teacher in 1969-70 when I was studying in Minto Circle. He was a good
teacher and Islamic scholar.

I still remember all his teachings those were taught to me in his classes.

Prof.Ibne Kanwal
(Nasir M.Kamal)
Deptt. of Urdu
Delhi University
Delhi-7.

Mufti sb

ASA All ,
Deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of my very dear teacher Mufti
Abdul Qaiyyum sahib .I join the Minto circle community in mourning and
praying for his maghfirat .He was a pious and noble soul besides being a
wonderful teacher .I was his student from 6th class to 10th class.He taught
me theology which was compulsory and Arabic which was optional .He was among
my favourite teachers and he used to like me .He was generous in awarding
marks in theology .I remember the thrill when once I got 49 out 50 marks in
half yearly exam but my joy proved short lived as one of my class fellows
named Shahid got 50 out of 50.I have very pleasant memories of my great
teacher .It was rather unfortunate that I lost touch with him for quite some
time .I was eagerly looking forward to see him at the Minto Circle centenary
function last October where he had to receive the award for senior most
surviving teacher but to my great disappointment he could not come due to
indisposition .Teachers like Qaiyyum sahib are rare .I wish to offer my
sincere condolences to the bereaved family
Saleem

Dr Saleem Kidwai
American Studies Division
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi-110067,India

Mufti Abdul Qayyum sb died : Amar Ujala

Mufti Abdul Qayyum Sahab

ASALK All:

The news of sad demise of Mufti Abdul Qayyum sahib came to me as a great shock. Thanks to Naved Masood to share with Aligarh community and especially to his former student of Minto Circle, passing away of our most revered theology teacher. He was prolific writer and vibrant speaker in Urdu.

With his demise, Aligarh has lost one of the most distinguished Islamic Scholar in the city of Aligarh and AMU. The vacuum caused by his death will be hard to fill to the stature of his personality, however, the values and the concept of being a decent Indian and Indian Muslim set by him will continue to enlighten the life of many of his students, who will emerge as community leader to set example, which is actual respect to his departed soul. I ask prayers of all for the departed soul, and may he rest in peace.

Syed M. Naseem

Ph. D. 1970

Washington DC

Well written obituary of

Well written obituary of Mufti Qayyum sahib by Mr Naved Masood sb.

Dr Babar Nazir,
Delhi
bab_nazir@hotmail.com


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