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Bhopal: Freedom fighter, scholar Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini remembered in two day seminar

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: Freedom fighter and renowned scholar, late Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini was remembered in a two day national seminar that was held in Bhopal. 

Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini, whose complete name was Syed Abid Ali Wajdi ul Hussaini, had actively taken part in Quit India movement, was also author of many famous books apart from being a religious scholar and the Qazi of Bhopal for almost three decades. 

His books on history are known across the world. Besides, he was a symbol of communal harmony and ensured that there was never any communal conflict. He led a simple life and had close relations with religious personalities of other faiths. 

Addressing the gathering, Dr Md Noman Khan said that Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini was a multi faceted personality who left an indelible impact on history. 'His maternal grandfather wanted him to become a Hakim [Unani medical practitioner] but he chose to devote himself to studies and became a scholar of international repute.

The Barkatullah Bhopali Education Society had organised the event. It was held at the Barkatullah Public School in Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal. Mushtaq Ali Nadvi, who is presently the Shahar Qazi, presided over the inaugural session of the programme. National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) director Sheikh Aqeel Ahmad was special guest.

The chairman of the Barkatullah Society, Haji Mohammad Harun, also spoke at length on the occasion and announced that Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini's books will be republished and two awards would be given every year in his memory. Padma Shri Hakim Zillur Rahman, Mufti Abulkalam Qasmi, Dr Khalid Mahmood, Umar Al Siddiq Nadvi, Iqbal Masood and Dr Md Noman Khan were amongst those present in the event. 

Mufti Abdul Kalam said that Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini was known across the Islamic world and the library in Deoband is named after him. Hakim Zillur Rahman said that Qazi Wajdi ul Hussaini was not just known for his simple life, humility and knowledge but had excellent relations with people from all sections of the society.

Multiple papers were presented and a number of scholars addressed the seminar. Some important books were also released during the course of the event. Giani Dilip Singh, Shailendra Shaili, Gucharan Singh, Rajendra Kothari, Mahendra Sharma and many others including history buffs and literature lovers attended the two day seminar.

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.