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PM releases book on parliamentary speeches of Maulana Syed Asad Madani
April 23, 2007
“I have great pleasure releasing this collection of Parliamentary Speeches of Maulana Syed Asad Madani. He was a fine product of our freedom struggle and composite culture. He was deeply religious and spiritual and at the same time had a modern, secular and progressive outlook. All his activities as a private person and a public figure reflected the values he inherited from our struggle for independence and the shared heritage of our people professing diverse faiths.
The Maulana was a staunch advocate of pluralism and secularism and dedicated his life to defend our common ethos and composite culture. His speeches in the Rajya Sabha present to us a modern mind, a patriotic and nationalist mind. Maulana Syed Asad Madani was a nation-builder.
In his farewell speech in the Rajya Sabha in March 1994 he stated “It is my earnest desire to see India as a developed country.” His vision of India as a developed country went beyond GNP and other indicators of economic growth. It included in its scope the triumph of democratic ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity and substantial advancement of socio-economic conditions of all sections of society. In his vision of a developed India he wanted that the minorities, weaker sections of society and women enjoy equality and equality of opportunity.
In the beginning of the book it is stated that one of the greatest achievements of Maulana Madani has been his relentless struggle in defence of our composite nationalism. He always stressed that our progress and prosperity is dependent on the sustenance of our composite culture and the tradition of tolerance and openness. His words that “True secularism in the country could only prevail, if every section of society is provided with an equal opportunity for progress” assumes great significance in our combined quest for a life of dignity, peace and prosperity for all sections of our societies, including religious minorities.
It is this composite vision which defined the identity of our nationhood and which remain central to our approach to nation building. To day when so much talk is going on to make India a developed country by 2020 we have to be mindful of the words of Maulana Madani.
One of the enduring lessons of this book is centered around gender equality. It is indeed educative to find that the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind during 1935 and 1936 was instrumental for securing the rights for Muslim women over their parental property. But the rights were restricted when Muhammed Ali Jinnah moved an amendment exempting the forest and agricultural property from the scope of the Bill. It was Maulana Madani who wanted Muslim women to have rights on all kinds of ancestral property.
But he could not succeed. Later on he hoped that some day the rights of women on parental property would be guaranteed. It was his progressive vision that defined his personality and his outlook. We need such approaches to address the problems confronted by women in our society. Without achieving such goals we cannot truly make India a developed country.
An ardent nationalist and humanist Maulana Madani was one of the great advocates of secularism. He provided leadership to the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind and guided it along the path of secularism and modern values. In doing so he remained in the forefront of the movement against religious fundamentalism, bigotry and terrorism. Some of his suggestions to do justice to minority communities and deprived sections of society flowed from that larger vision. He wanted full discussion on the Dr. Gopal Singh Report to understand the real social and economic condition of the Muslims in our country. He also demanded a separate Ministry for removing backwardness of minorities. Through the Sachar Committee Report and the Ministry of Minority Affairs we want to address the issue which Maulana Madani had raised during his life time. The themes he discussed and the measures the Government has been taking now are centered around equity, justice and fair play.
The use of religion for dividing people and getting electoral benefit is a bane of our age. It is a dangerous practice which needs to be curbed. The sage counsel of Maulana Madani that we should refrain from encouraging religious hatred and enmity in the name of religion and caste sprang from his tolerant and open minded approach which he linked to our prosperity.
I compliment the translators M.A.Hussain and Sayeed Suhrawardy who have translated the speeches of Maulana Madani delivered in Urdu to English. The collection of these speeches in one volume constitutes an important addition to the corpus of literature on parliamentary speeches. In its own way this book will carry forward our attempts to enrich our parliamentary democracy and disseminate the values of humanism and secularism. It is a good effort and a fitting tribute to the vision of late Mulana Saheb.”
Amīrul Hind Shaykh Maulana As‘ad Madani
By Shazad Khan
Amirul Hind Shaykh As‘ad Madani sadly left this temporal abode on the eve of Monday February the 6th 2006. Thousands attended his funeral prayer at Darul Uloom Deoband where he was laid to rest next to his illustrious father Shaykhul Islam Husain Ahmad Madani. He left behind many who knew him as a father, teacher, leader and shaykh.
I knew him as the latter and I have had the privilege of spending Ramadan in his blessed company consecutively since 1996.
I do not know what to write about this great man for I certainly did not realise his rank and how fortunate I was to have been blessed by his tutelage. But deficient as such an account may be, it might prove of interest to the ones who aspire to know more about the pious personalities the world so lacks today.
Shaykh As‘ad Madani was the son of Shaykhul Islam Husain Ahmad Madani and was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad [Allah bless him and give him peace] through his grandson Husayn [Allah be well pleased with him]. He took the Chishti, Naqshbandi, Qadiri and Suharwardi tariqas from his father and became his successor after his death. He taught at Darul Uloom Deoband in his early years and was the President of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.
I remember when I studied the Kitāb al-Shamāil of Tirmidhy. A compilation of hadiths about the habits and character of the Prophet [Allah bless him and give him peace]. It took me by great surprise that every character and habit of the Prophet Muhammad [Allah bless him and give him peace] I saw as an embodiment in the Shaykh. His actions, habits, manners, gait, and his speech all resembled the Prophet [Allah bless him and give peace].
This was also the kernel of what he taught and also what he presented before us as a practical example; following the Sunnah and making plentiful dhikr. This was his way of tarbiyyah [training] less by instruction but more by example. His personage was so illuminating and awe inspiring that the prophetic hadith describing the friends of Allah, “they are whom when looked at; Allah is remembered” was manifested.
His whole life was spent in the service of Muslims and humanity at large. His altruism and vigilance in works right through his frail years put me to great shame at being so young and energetic and still not being able to do a fraction of what he did. Rising at 3am and spending the latter portion of the night in prayer and remembrance till fajr prayer is but one example of his industriousness.
His Ramadan is something that I witnessed quite closely and remember vividly. It was always a joyous month for him and he eagerly awaited it the entire year. He would always ask me when he would come on his annual dawah tour of U.K. about my plans and date of arrival at his home in Ramadan.
Towards the end of Sh‘abān he would begin to make preparation for spending the month in Deoband and detached himself from all other occupations. His disciples also flocked, in hundreds to spend the holy month in his company. . In Ramadan 2005 the number of those who entered the spiritual retreat [I’tikāf] in the last ten days reached over eighteen hundred.
At Deoband, he prayed his five daily prayers with the congregation at Masjid Rashīd. After ẓuhr he answered the questions and spiritual queries of his disciples. He would advise all with penetrating insight and prescribed what he deemed fit. If any disciple requested private consultation he arranged for this at his home after returning from the mosque.
Most of the day was spent in recitation of the Quran. His daily amount of recital in Ramadan equaled about ten juzz.
After ‘aṣr he listened to the recitation of his two sons who would read one and a quarter juzz each. The congregation of disciples would also gather around him and listen to their recitation and his corrections.
At iftār zam-zam and fresh ripe dates from Madina were always placed on the mat for all to break the fast with. He first partook of the date and then drank the zam-zam water in three sips whilst facing the qibla. Another blessed sunnah of the Prophet [Allah bless him and give him peace].
Those who have experienced the breaking of fast with him know that one could feel immense barakah [grace]. He would at times make light-hearted comments and give out the dates himself to some of his disciples.
The sahabah [Companions] would narrate stories of the jahiliyyah [pre-Islamic era] and other issues, in the presence of the Prophet [Allah bless him and give him peace] he would smile at what they found amusing and everyone thought that the Prophet paid the most attention to him.
This was also what everyone in the Shaykh’s presence felt. I remember when at the zāwiya, where dinner was served to all the guests/disciples. I always had the privilege of eating in the same plate as him. This was the case throughout the years I spent Ramadan with him. If for any reason I happened to arrive late; he would enquire about my whereabouts and not commence eating until I had arrived. This would always bring tears to my eyes as I did not see myself worthy of such generous nature.
The Shaykh was always the last to finish the meal in order not to embarrass the guests who were slow eaters. Another noble habit of the Prophet [Allah bless him and give him peace].
After two hour long tarāwīh prayers and a reading from Shaykh Gangohi’s book ‘Imdād al-Sulūk’ the congregation would commence group dhikr of the twelve tasbīh’s of the chishti order.
On the last day of Ramadan numbers in the final tarāwīh would reach thousands and the final two rak‘ahs would be very lengthy and the whole congregation would be crying ecstatically as the final verses of the Quran were being read.
I have not seen anyone perform salāh with the devotion that I have seen him praying. This is a fact that not only I attest to but others also attest the same. The sight of him praying would materialize the hadith of Jibrīl “that you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him” [Bukhari].
The last day of Ramadan was also when he would announce the names of those he granted ijāza to initiate others in the path. In the Ramadan of 2000 I was also granted ijāza, despite my shortcomings.
The great loss that my colleagues and I felt at his departure has left a void in our lives that I fear will never be filled. We have but his memories and his example of true emulation of the Prophet [Allah bless him and give him peace]. May Allah shower His mercy upon him.
Oh memory! Shield me from the world’s poor strife
And give these scenes thine everlasting life.
Thousands attend funeral of Muslim leader Hz Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani R.A.
Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani r.a., President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind who passed away in Apollo hospital in Delhi on Monday 6th Feb 2006 @ 17.45.Funeral service took place in Deoband (Uttar Pradesh): on 7th Feb 2006 @ 07.20 Approx. Thousands of supporters, well wishers and family members, attended the funeral service in Deoband .The service was lead by Maulana Talha sahib from Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). Hz Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani r.a. body was laid to rest in mazaar e qaasmi. Next to Maulana Hussain Ahmed Madani r.a.
Hz Maulana Asad Madani r.a. passed away in Delhi after being in a coma for the last 93 days following a head injury. He was 78 and was also suffering from diabetes and heart problem.
Born in 1928 in Deoband, Hz Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani r.a. was a post-graduate in Islamic Theology. He began his public career as the vice-president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and was elected the party’s president in 1973.
Hz Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani r.a. was elected thrice to the Upper House of Parliament between 1968 and 1994. A staunch nationalist, Hz Maulana Sayyed Asad Madani r.a. was known for his commitment to the one-nation theory and fought against Muslim communalism. He was also actively involved in anti-terrorist campaigns for the past three years.
Jamait Ulama-i-Hind is part of the Darul-Uloom, Deoband, which is a renowned religious and academic centre in the Islamic world.
In the sub-continent Darul-Uloom is the largest institution for the dissemination and propagation of Islam and the biggest head spring of education in the Islamic sciences.
Followers of Deoband School practice orthodox Sunni Islam. Deoband produced some renowned Muslim scholars who resisted British rule in India, which ended with independence and partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947.
Hz Sayyed Asad Madani r.a. also joined his father in continuing the work of his father and establishing the position of the Muslims in India after their weakened condition due to the oppression of the Majority.He brought the Muslims from a weak position to giving them rights, positions, status and respect in society.He established many Madrasahs and schools and has served the Ummah for over 30 years. He spent one month at home in Deoband during Ramadan and 11 months for the work of Deen.A few years ago,during his Da'wah work,he received the news of his wife passing away. He was saddened by the news but this did not weaken him. He continued the work which was ongoing at the time of the news. This was his faith in Allah and level of commitment to Islam. Such a renowned character has been taken from the Ummah leaving all his work behind.It is a request to all the Muslims that they pray for Sheikh and do Isaal-e-Thawaab.
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