The book launch of the Arabic biography, written by Mufti Syed Hussain ibn Imamuddin (The Director of An-Nidaa Academy) on the life and works of Qaidul Ulama Allamah Hafiz Abdul Kareem Shaykh Kowria (r.a) (the great disciple of Shaykhul Islam Sayyid Hussain Ahmad Madani (r.a) and the longest serving president of Jamiat Ulama Islam and Azad Deeni Edara Ta’leem madrasah board Bangladesh) took place on Tuesday 21 December 2021 at Ford Square Esha Atul Islam Mosque, London, UK.
The event was organised by Al-Kareem Foundation and chaired by the prominent Islamic scholar of Britain Shaykh Asghar Hussain and the chairman of the Council of Mosques Shaykh Shamsul Haq.
Many prominent Islamic scholars and community leaders from various cities attended the book launch event. They shared memories and presented important informative speeches about Shaykh Kowria (r.a).
The speakers said that Shaykh Kowria has a history of a century. He was the leader of scholars. Shaykh Kowria has a distinct identity in the Indian subcontinent due to his leadership of the nation.
The speakers further said, Shaykh Kowria was a remainder of the predecessors (baqiyatus salaf), Allah Almighty gave him the noble character of the predecessors, their knowledge, piety, imaan and the passion of fulfilling the requirements of imaan. His life was as vast as the ocean. Hundreds of scholars would have been present at his one-moment call.
They also said that Shaykh Kowria was the direction of unity. His greatest virtue was steadfastness for truth and justice. He followed every action of life according to the Sunnah. Despite having such a great personality, he was always humble and hospitable.
The speakers highly praised the work and effort of Mufti Syed Hussain ibn Imamuddin, the Arabic biographer of Shaykh Kowria and said, due to the lack of contribution and accurate information of the ulama of Bangladesh in the Arab world and abroad, the Islamic identity of the country has faded in the world today. In this situation, the Arabic composition of Mufti Syed Hussain ibn Imamuddin has given a glimmer of hope.
Hafiz Maulana Syed Masum Ahmad, the youngest son of Shaykh Kowria, gave a summary speech on the book at the event jointly moderated by Hafiz Maulana Syed Naem Ahmad and Maulana Shamsul Alam Kiampuri.
Among the speakers were, Shaykhul Hadith Mufti Abdur Rahman Monuhorpuri, East London Mosque’s chief Imam Shaykh Abdul Qaiyyum, elderly scholar Shaykh Abdul Aziz Siddiqi, Principal of Markazul Uloom London Maulana Dr. Shuaib Ahmad, Imam of Darlington Mosque Moulana Syed Sabir Ahmed, prominent scholar Moulana Abdul Qadir Saleh, chairman of Darus sunnah Mosque Maulana Gulam Kibria, founder of Jamiatul khair al Islamiya Mufti Abdul Muntaqim, Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque Maulana Sadiqur Rahman, son in law of Shaykh Kowria and the Councillor of Whitechapel word Faruq Ahmad, senior hadith lecturer of Eshaatul Islam Ford Square Madrasah Mufti Mousuf Ahmed, Khatib of regent park Central Mosque London Shaykh Qazi Lutfur Rahman, Secretary of London Bangla press club Muhammad Jubayer, deputy mayor Motinuz zaman, Alhaj Maulana Ataur Rahman, director of Madrasatun noor Moulana Tamim Ahmad, Maulana Shah Mizanul Haq, son in law of Shaykh Kowria and Imam of Hamlets way Mosque Hafiz Maulana Ilyas Ahmed, Secretary of Madania welfare Trust Hafiz Hussain Ahmad Bishwanati, presenter of Iqra Bangla TV Mufti Saleh Ahmed, lecturer of Hadith at Madani Girls School Moulana Mahfuz Ahmed, Mufti Burhan Uddin, Imam of Baitur Rahman Mosque Hafiz Moulana Inamul Haque, Imam of lansburry Mosque Moulana Nufais Ahmed Borkotpuri, Moulana Lutfur Rahman Binnuri, Imam of East Ham Mosque Mufti Syed Riyaz Ahmed and Moulana Najmul Hasan.
Verses of The Qur’an were recited by the Imam of Darul Ummah Mosque Shaykh Qazi Ashiqur Rahman.
Son of Shaykh Kowria, Hafiz Maulana Syed Mohsin Ahmad from Bangladesh expressed his gratitude through teleconference to all those who attended the event.
Among others who attended the event were Shaykh Kowria’s son-in-law Maulana Abdur Rahman (Hull), Chairman of Talimul Quran London Hafiz Maulana Khabir Ahmed (Son of Shaikh Bagha), Principal Mazahirul Uloom Maulana Imdadur Rahman Al Madani, Moulana Shaykh Abu Tahir Farooqi (Leeds), Maulana Syed Ashraf Ali, Hafiz Maulana Mubarak Ali, lecturer of Hadith at Jamia Islamia Birmingham Hafiz Maulana Inamul Haque, Moulana Mukhlisur Rahman, Maulana Shahnur, Maulana Abdul Qayyum Madani, Maulana Mamnoon Muhiuddin, Moulana Abdur Rashid Numan, Maulana Shabbir Ahmad, Maulana Joshim Uddin, Son-in-law of Shaykh Kowria Alhaj Syed Hussain Ahmed (Kidderminster), Mr. Abdul Kalam, Maulana Abdul Awal, Maulana Nazim Uddin, Hafiz Maulana Kazi Abdur Rahman, Maulana Abdul Aziz (Sheffield), Maulana Hussain Ahmed (Director, Simple Region), Hafiz Mawlana Arshad, Maulana Rashid Ahmed, Maulana Azhar bin Noor, Maulana Shamsul Haq Chatoki, Mufti Siraj, Hafiz Maulana Syed Salah Uddin (Birmingham), Maulana Shaikh Rumman, Maulana Shamsul Islam, Maulana Wais Uddin, Hafiz Maulana Syed Khalil Ahmed (Sunderland) Hafiz Maulana Syed Nizamul Haque, Hafiz Maulana Syed Nafi Ahmed (Darlington) and others.
Among the community leaders were present Councilor Ayas Mia, Councilor Shah Sohail Amin, Secretary General of Bangladesh Center Mr. Delwar Hussain, President of Syedpur Shamsia Shomiti Pir Ahmad Qutub, Former Councilor Mamunur Rashid, Chairman of Hamlets Way Mosque Mahfuz Ahmed, Alhaj Syed Ziyaul Haque, journalist Syed Johorul Haque, Ahad Chowdhury Babu and others.
The event ended with the dua of Maulana Shaykh Asghar Hussain.