Maulana Ziauddin Islahi
By Afzal Usmani
Maulana Ziauddin Islahi (b. 1937, d. 2nd Feb. 2008) , was a Islamic scholar and Director & Secretary of prestigious Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy Azamgarh India (1988-2008), and Nazim (Director) of Madarsatul Islah, Saraimir Azamgarh India till 2008.
Maulana Ziauddin Islahi was born in 1937 in a small village Saharya, near Nizambad, Azamgarh (UP) India in a very religious family. He studied in Madarsatul Islah, Saraimir. He was a student of Maulana Akhtar Ahsan Islahi, a famous disciple of Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi. His elder brother Maulana Qamruddin Islahi was also a student of Madarsatul Islah and of Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi, the famous disciple and heir of Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi. After completing his education, the young Maulana Ziauddin joined Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy as a research scholar (Rafiq) in 1957 when Maulana Shah Moinuddin Nadvi was Director of The Academy. Maulana Ziauddin Islahi became Director and Secretary of The Academy in 1988 after the death of Syed Sabahuddin Abdur Rahman. He had also served as Nazim (Director) of Madarsatul Islah, Saraimeer Azamgarh till his last breath. He was a member of management committees of Nadwatul Uloom (Lucknow), Darul Uloom Tajul Masajid (Bhopal) and Jamiatul Falah (Azamgarh) and several other msulim institutes and organisations across India. He was also a member of Majlis-e-Amala of UP Urdu Academy and Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. He had also served as Member of Court in Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh for several terms.
Maulana Ziauddin Islahi was a prolific writer and orator. His famous books are;
1. Musalmano Ki Taaleem
2. Hindustan Arabon Ki Nazar Mein – Part I & II
3. Tazkarat -ul- Muhaddesin – Part I, II & III
4. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
5. Izahul Quran
6. Intekhab, Kalam Iqbal Suhail
Maulana Ziauddin Islahi addressed numerous seminars and conferences on literary, religious and social issues in India and abroad. For his contributions in Arabic, he received President of India Award in 1995 during the presidency of Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma.
Maulana Ziauddin Islahi, died in fatal accident on 2nd February 2008 at 6:30 AM in Varansi (Banaras) India. The accident took place on Friday, 1st February, between Sanjarpur and Phariha in Azamgarh. Maulana Ziauddin Islahi was traveling in a taxi with his wife. They rushed to a hospital in Azamgarh but due to the serious nature of injuries, he was shifted to Benaras Hindu University Medical College in Varansi where he died on the early morning of 2nd February 2008. His wife was also injured in the accident but she survived. Maulana Ziauddin Islahi had survived with his wife, 3 son and2 daughters. Maulana Ziauddin Islahi's association for more that half a century with The Shibli Academy and his key role to promote the cause of The Shibli Academy played an important role in the decision of the emergency meeting of The Academy Management to bury him within The Academy premises where Maulana Shibli Nomani, his son Hamid Nomani and former Secretary Sabahuddin Abdur Rahman were buried. The Janazah & Tadfeen took place on 3rd February 2008 at 10:30 AM in Darul Musanneefin Shibli Academy (Shibli Manzil), Azamgarh India. Maulana Syed Rabey Husni Nadvi, rector of Nadwatul Uloom (Lucknow) and President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board lead the Janazah Prayer.