29th Anual Meeting

29th Anual MeetingIFA, 12-05-2020

Administrative Body, Islamic Fiqh Academy, India Holds Its Annual Meeting

Several important decisions taken, next Fiqhi seminar to be held in Darul Uloom (Wakf) Deoband

New Delhi: During 7-8 November, 2020 several sessions of the working committee and the trusties of the Islamic Fiqh Academy India were held in its conference hall of Islamic.  Though scheduled to be held in March, it could not be possible to organize this meeting on the scheduled dates due to the lockdown.

The meeting was presided by Maulana Nematullah Azami, the president of the Academy and the head of the Hadith department at Darul Uloom Deoband. Chiefly led by its general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, secretary for academic issues  Mualana Ateeq Ahmad Bastawi (Hadith and Fiqh teacher at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow), secretary for  seminars Maulana Muhammad Obaidullah Asadi (Shaikhul Hadith at Jamia Arabia Hathaura, Banda), secretary for finance Maulana Mufti Ahmed Devalvi (founder and principal of Jamia Uloomul Qur’an Jambusar, Gujarat; it was participated by Maulana Dr. Zafarul Islam Siddiqui (formerly Shaikhul Hadith and Head of the Teachers at Darul Uloom Mau), Maulana Mufti Junaid Ahmad Falahi (Indore). The vice president of the academy Maulana Badrul Hasan Qasmi (Kuwait), vice president Maulana Qazi Abdul Ahad Azhari (Shaikhul Hadith, Jamia Ma’had-i Millat Malegaon), Maulana Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (Shaikhul Hadith, Jamia Talimuddin Dabhel, Gujarat), Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi (Phulwari Sharif, Patna) and Maulana Qazi Abdul Jalil Qasmi (Head Qazi at Imarat-i Sharia Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand could not for some reasons attend the meeting.

Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, the general secretary of the academy presented a report for activities done from April 2019 to October 2020. The report said that though it was not possible to hold the annual Fiqhi seminar this year, it would hopefully be held in 2021 at Darul Uloom (Wakf) Deoband in which ‘Sale of fruits in the orchards’, ‘women’s journey without mahram (non-marriageable relative)’ ‘crescent sighting’ and a an important principal issue ‘Blocking the Means’ will be brought into discussion in which ulama from across the country will take part. Despite the adverse situations, the academy managed to organize an important seminar on ‘Islam and Muslims in Rajasthan- issues and the current situation’ which was presided by the famous religious scholar Maulana Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi while another equally important seminar was held on the topic ‘Classic and Modern Arabic Poetry in India’ that was presided by Prof. Mohammed Aslam Islahi. Meanwhile another important seminar was held in Darul Uloom Mau on the topic ‘The Science of Hadith in India and famous Indian scholars of Hadith’. The latter was a two-day conference presided by Maulana Mohammed Nematullah Azami (the head of the academy) in which around two hundred fifty scholars from across the country participated. Besides, five academic lectures were also held at different educational institutions around the country. The academy has also been supervising preparation of an encyclopedia of the Indian faquha (Islamic jurists) entitled as Mausu’a Fuqaha-i Hind. The task continued over the ongoing year too. The academy has also been keen at training the new generation in the field and therefore it often invites the young scholars from different madrasas and universities to submit research papers on different important Fiqhi and intellectual topics. Accordingly, a number of papers on seven important topics were received this year while the task is underway on other 8 titles. A major initiative of the academy has been Urdu translation of the Arabic Fiqhi Encyclopedia that was first compiled in Kuwait. Presently, translation of another important book entitled in Arabic as Al-Mufassal li Ahkam al-Mar’ah (which, as the title suggests, deals with issues specifically related to women) comprising 11 volumes are under way of which translation of 8 have so far been completed and are currently in the editing process. The rest three are being translated. Once complete, it will hopefully make a great contribution to the Islamic literature in Urdu.  

The academic projects designed by the administration for the year 2021 include preparation of research papers on sixteen titles, organizing workshops on different Fiqhi and other intellectual topics, holding lectures on modern topics in madrasas and on ten  religious topics in modern institutions in Delhi, Lucknow, Patna, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Indore and Kolkata. Moreover, three summer camps will be held respectively in Aligarh, Hyderabad and Indore.  Five books in Urdu and English will be prepared exclusively dealing with the issues faced by the Muslims in northeast India. Keeping the present circumstances in mind, Islamic literature on various jurisprudential and intellectual topics will be produced in local languages. This literature will be prepared in Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu and will be Da’wah-oriented. Amid the hate-filled atmosphere, the academy is also thinking about producing books on topics such as religious tolerance during Muslim rule, the humanitarian call of Islam and patriotism in Islam.

Besides, five new members namely Maulana Mohammed Sufyan Qasmi, (Mohtamim, Darul Uloom (Wakf) Deoband), Maulana Zafar Alam Nadvi (Fiqh teacher and Mufti at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow), Maulana Badr Ahmad Mujibi Nadvi (Imarat-i Shari’a Phulwari Sharif,  Patna), Maulana Mufti Anwar Ali Qasmi (Shaikhul Hadith and head teacher, Darul Uloom Mau) and Maulana Abdush Shakur Qasmi (Shaikhul Hadith, Darul Uloom al-Islamia Oachira Kerala) were elected to fill the seats vacant in the administrative body. On the other hand, Maulana Anis Aslam Miftahi, Maulana Safdar Ali Nadvi and Mufti Imtiyaz Ahmad Qasmi were respectively elected as in charge of management, in charge of academic affairs and in charge of communication. All the three have long been associated with the academy and contributed greatly to its cause.

On this occasion, the members who died during the year namely Hazrat Maulana Burhanuddin Sanbhali (vice president), Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Qasim Muzaffarpuri (administration member) and Hazrat Maulana Amin Usmani (former secretary for management) were remembered, their valuable services appreciated and prayer for their forgiveness was done.

Lastly, all expressed their happiness that all the members and the whole academy staff despite unfavorable circumstances continued to further the cause and let no hindrance come in the way.