Sayyid Anwer Ibrahim | KMNN
MADINA / Bangalore: Nov 20, 2011. Hafiz Maulana Riyazur Rahman Rashadi Imam-O-Khateeb of City Jamia Masjid Bangalore expired in Makkah this morning. He had gone there to perform Hajj. Born in Gonibeed village, Mudigere town in Chickamagalur district, he had graduated from a premier Islamic institution from city, ‘Sabilur Rashad’. He was famous for his eloquent speeches (mostly Khutbaat-e-Jumma), and religious columns in local Urdu newspapers.
He held the position of Imam O Khateeb of the famous City Jamia Masjid in the Bangalore for many years. He successfully transformed the Masjid into a centre of Islamic activities for the overall reformation of society following on the lines of Masjid-e-Nabuvi. Maulana’s services in the field of unity of Muslims, education, economic upliftment, and empowerment of Muslim women through education will be remembered.
His contribution in promoting unity amongst different Muslim sects is worthy of mention. He always discouraged sections of Ulama and people from distinguishing Muslims on the lines of their Masaalik (sects). He advised and encouraged promoting of unity among all the Masaalik of Muslims on the basis of Ummath-e-Waahida (One Community). He used to say, “Let them follow what is dear to them as per their Maslak while you follow what you think is right. No one can and should judge others’ faith. Still we can live together peacefully and promote unity of all. This is the basis of Deen (Religion).”
Apart from holding the position of Imam-O-Khateeb he served many social and religious organizations in different capacities including Karnataka Muslim Muttahida Mahaz, Milli Council, and Jame-ul-Uloom institutions.
Many leaders from Muslim and non-Muslim communities have condoled the sad demise of Maulana. Condolence messages are pouring in. a few prominent among them are:
1. Maulana Sirajul Hasan Sahib, former Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
2. Maulana Qadeer Ahmed Ada-ul-Amiri
3. Janab Abdulla Javed, State President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
4. Mr. Masood Abdul Khadir, Convenor, Karnataka Muslim Muttahida Mahaz
5. Mr. Syed Hamid Mohsin, Chairman, Salam Centre.