By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Various Islamic scholars, religious leaders, academicians, parliamentarians, foreign diplomats and intellectuals within and outside India paid rich tribute to renowned and revered Islamic scholar and former JIH President Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari during a condolence meeting organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) at the Masjid Ishaat-e-Islam in JIH campus on August 29.
While addressing the condolence meet, president of the JIH, Syed Sadatullah Husaini said, “The most charismatic attributes of Maulana Jalaluddin Umari was his inclusiveness. He was a prolific writer and his books have been translated into many regional and international languages. He generally wrote on burning issues. On whatever subject he wrote, Maulana Umari used both traditional texts from the Salaf-e-Swaleh and contemporary sources of knowledge, including the Qur’ān, Hadith, and the Pious Predecessors.”
The JIH president added, “In order to acquire modern education and to gain access of modern literature he studied the English literature from Aligarh Muslim University. His writing was lucid, forthright and very simple to read. It is important to note that Maulana completed his scholarly works and all other religious stuff while doing his organisational duties and Da’wah work and other commitments. He provided excellent services for other different causes in addition to the Jamaat and this was something special about the late Maulana.”
At the relatively young age of 19, Maulana made the decision to dedicate his life to Tehreek-e-Islami, particularly to intellectual life. He even left his home town in order to accomplish this. His relentless focus on and determination for execution of his decision teaches us a lesson and we should try to cultivate this quality if we want to perform a great work. Following his determination for the mission would be the real tribute to Maulana Jalaluddin Umari, the JIH President opined.
JIH Secretary Dr. Muhamad Raziul Islam Nadvi, who had been closely associated with Maulana Umari for the last 40 years, said, I have learned to hold pen and write from him. I was greatly influenced by him and whatever I know today is because of him and his guidance. For me his death is a personal loss.
While paying glowing tributes, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, former President (Vice Chancellor) of Maulana Azad University Jodhpur, said, “The passing of a scholar like him is indeed a great loss for the whole community. The world is still reeling from the sadness of his death. It is true that Maulana is no longer with us but he will always remain with us through his scholarly writings.
According to All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat President, Navaid Hamid, Maulana was a man of extraordinary personality. He had a certain amount of modesty and humility. He had remarkable knowledge of and insight into Fiqh (jurisprudence) apart from other things.
Maulana Agha Jalal Haider Naqvi, Secretary All India Shia Council said, “I have learned many ideas about how to deal with various problems of the country from him.”
Indian National League President Prof. Muhammad Sulaiman said, Maulana Umari treated his children with great love and care. He was very calm and composed and never panicked in most terrible conditions, even when he was once in Aligarh police station detained by police.
Maulana Abdul Raziq, the Mufti of Jamiat Ulema Hind said that it would be impossible to fill the loss left by his passing away. Maulana has always remained concerned about the Muslim community and the entire world.
Maulana Asghar Salafi Mehdi said that late Maulana’s publications were his greatest achievement and the coming generations should read and benefit from these great treasures available to them.
His death is a big tragedy for the entire Ummah, according to Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, president of the Welfare Party of India. He was quite approachable and anyone could meet him freely. He used to speak at the Muslim Personal Law Board meet and interaction with clarity and reason.
The late Maulana Umari’s son, Dr. Syed Safi Athar, stated, “Maulana’s whole life was a jihad. His habits, and his technique of reform was that of compassion for me and all our family members. He was always kind while giving advice. We used to feel his concern very often not only for Indian Muslims but for the entire humanity as a whole.”