Published On:22 February 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi conferred upon with IOS Lifetime Achievement Award

By Pervez Bari

New Delhi: Maulana (Dr.) Saeed-ur-Rahman Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi, was conferred upon with fifth IOS, (Institute of Objective Studies), Lifetime Achievement Award at an impressive function on Friday evening here at the Constitution Club. Dr. Al-Azmi is editor of al-Ba’as Islami, Principal of Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow and Chancellor of Integral University, Lucknow.

The felicitation function was presided over by Justice (retd.) AM Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India, while Maulana Syed Mohammad Nizamuddin, general secretary All India Muslim Personal Law Board, was chief guest on the occasion.

Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi received Rs. One lakh, a memento and a citation in his honour. The “Spasnama” (citation) was read out by SM Shafiq in an eloquent manner while Maulana Khalid Nadvi presented the citation to Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi.

Replying to the citation Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi was a total picture of humility and modesty. At the start of his address he was so much overwhelmed with emotion that his voice chocked and for few moments was unable to speak anything. In a trembling voice he uttered: “IOS Ne Aik Zarre Ko Aftab Banane Ki Koshish Ki Hai Jiska Main Bilkul Mustahaq Nahin Tha”.
While paying rich tributes to world renowned Islamic scholar late Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadvi affectionately known as “Ali Miyan”, who was his mentor, philosopher guide and teacher, Dr. Saeed-ur-Rahman said that whatever he is today is because of him (Ali Miyan) who always encouraged him in his pursuits of knowledge. “I am so much indebted to Ali Miyan that without him I would have acquired no knowledge or prominence whatsoever”, he remarked.

Justice Ahmadi in his presidential remarks while congratulating Maulana Saeed-ur-Rahman for being bestowed with IOS Lifetime Achievement Award said that he was awestruck by the humility and modesty of the Maulana which strengthens my belief that such qualities are instilled in erudite men only.

He said that Muslims should have integral approach and stressed the need to unite which will make the community a force to reckon with.

Earlier, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary Islamic Fiqh Academy (India), read out a paper encompassing the contributions of Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi and presented a cheque of Rs. One lakh to him on the behalf of IOS as a token of gratitude. While Maulana Syed Mohammad Nizamuddin presented an impressive memento to Dr. Saeed.
A 20-minute documentary film on the 78-year-old Maulana Dr. Azmi’s life and achievements was screened during the award-giving function.

IOS chairman Dr. Manzoor Alam along with Mr. Abdul Majeed Mohammed S. AlOmari, Director, Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah & Guidance, Riyadh, KSA graced the dais. Several noted Muslim clerics and luminaries from India and the Arab world also participated in the function amongst host of others.

At the outset Hafiz Nazeer-ul-Hasan recited verses from the Holy Quran while Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadvi delivered the welcome address. Prof. Afzal Wani proposed a vote of thanks and Adv. Mushtaq Ahmad of the Supreme Court conducted the proceedings with aplomb.

It may be mentioned ere that Maulana (Dr.) Seed-ur-Rahman Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi was born on May 14, 1934 at Mau, Azamgarh. After getting initial education at Mau, he came to Nadwatul Ulema in 1952 for higher studies. He went to Iraq in 1958 for studies and Jamia Azhar, Cairo, on a specific educational and research mission in 1978. He has more than a dozen books in Arabic and Urdu to his credit.

Meanwhile, the decision to felicitate Maulana (Dr.) Saeed-ur-Rahman with fifth IOS Lifetime Achievement Award was taken by the Governing Council of the IOS at its 26th Annual Meeting held on December 8 last in New Delhi.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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