Abdul Qadir (Muslim leader)

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Khan Bahadur Sir Sheikh Abdul Qadir


Sir Abdul Qadir (1872–1950) was a Muslim editor. He was the leader of Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam in 1941. He used his position as the lead of this organization to form other, pro-partition of India organizations.

Qadir was the editor of the Observer, the first Muslim newspaper published in English. In 1901 he launched the magazine Makhzan, an Urdu language publication. This magazine published the early works of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.[1]

In 1904 Qadir went to study law in London, and was called to the bar in 1907 after which he returned to India.

Qadir had been knighted by the British and in 1935 had been a member of the governing council of India.[2]

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's book Mahatma Gandhi contains a chapter by Qadir, where he particularly relates his various experiences with the understanding of Gandhi in Europe in the 1930s.


  • S. M. Ikram. Indian Muslims and the Partition of India. (Atlantic Publishers, 1995) p. 282.
  • short bio of Qadir