Syed Ali Nasir Saeed Abaqati

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Muslim scholar
Syed Ali Nasir Saeed Abaqati Musavi
Agha Roohi
Syed Ali Nasir Saeed Abaqati 2010-12-21 Sheikhpur.jpg
Agha Roohi addressing a Majlis
Title Hujjatul Islam
Born India - Lucknow, India
Ethnicity Indian
Kintoori Musavi Sayyid
Era Modern era
Jurisprudence Ja`fari
Creed Usuli Twelver Shi`a Islam

Syed Ali Nasir Saeed Abaqati Musavi better known as Agha Roohi, is a leading Shia cleric from Lucknow, India.

Family background[edit]

Maulana Syed Ali Nasir Saeed Abaqati popularly known as Agha Roohi is a Shia scholar from Lucknow, India and hails from the eminent family of Ayatullah Syed Mir Hamid Hussain Musavi whose book `Abaqat al'anwar fi imamat al 'A'immat al'athar is popular among Twelver Shi'a scholars worldwide, and quoted even today.[1]

He belongs to the lineage of Mufti Syed Mohammad Quli Khan Kinturi.,[2][3][4]

His family is renowned and respected in Lucknow, where his father Saeed-ul-Millat Maulana Syed Mohammad Saeed and grandfather Maulana Syed Nasir-ul-Millat enjoyed much respect in their lifetimes. His ancestral town is Kintoor, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh and he traces his lineage to the Prophet of Islam via Imam Musa al-Kazim, hence the name "Musavi".[5]

He is the first cousin of khateeb ul imaan, sher e Hindustan marhoom Tahir Jarwali.

He has two younger brothers Syed Husain Nasir Saeed Abaqati and Maulana Syed Sajjad Nasir Saeed Abaqati. He has two sons Syed Abbas Nasir Saeed Abaqati and Syed Murtaza Nasir Saeed Abaqati and currently resides in the famous Nasirya Library in Lucknow.

His majalis (religious lectures)[edit]

He recites the ashra-e-majalis (religious lecture to commemorate the Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, spanning ten days) at Shia PG College (at Victoria Street in Nakhas) in morning and at Agha Mahal in evening.[6]

Maulana Agha Roohi is an exponent of Tabarra, openly curse the enemies of Hussainiyat , the killers of Hazrat Imam Hussain.

Involvement in community matters, demonstrations and rallies[edit]

  • In February 2006, Agha Roohi in his sermon criticisised Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei for advising the Shia community to avoid reading Hadise Kisa, which the community had been reciting for centuries for peace and protection. He refrained from commenting on India’s vote against Iran at IAEA.[9]
  • On 14 November 2010 he along with fellow cleric Kalbe Jawad went to stop the annual meeting of the board of trustees at Shia Post Graduate Degree College at Khadra and were taken into preventive custody when supporters of Maulana Kalbe Jawwad indulged in violence. His arrest provoked protests and riots in the city. He was released after some time and the commotion and riots stopped.[13][14][15][16]

Syed Abbas Nasir Saeed Abqati[edit]

His son Maulana Syed Abbas Nasir Saeed Abqati is a PhD student in Shia theology. He fought against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or IS) while he was studying at Najaf University (Al-Hawza al-'ilmiyya fi al-najaf al-ashraf-an Islamic seminary) in July 2014 when clashes with the ISIS broke out in Iraq.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scholarship in a sayyid family of Avadh I: Musavī Nīshāpūrī of Kintūr
  2. ^ Leader of Heaven #18
  3. ^ Roots of North Indian Shi‘ism in Iran and Iraq Religion and State in Awadh, 1722-1859, by J. R. I. Cole, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley · Los Angeles · Oxford
  4. ^ Burke, Edmund; Abrahamian, Ervand; Lapidus, Ira Marvin (1988). Islam, Politics, and Social Movements. University of California Press. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-520-06868-1. 
  5. ^ Jones, Justin (2011). Shi'a Islam in Colonial India Religion, Community and Sectarianism. Cambridge University Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-1-139-50123-1. 
  6. ^ Old city immersed in Moharrum solemnity, Feb 24, 2004
  7. ^ Shia ulema at odds over shrine control, HT Correspondent, Lucknow, April 09, 2006
  8. ^ Shia clerics at dispute over Shia college, Masoodul Hasan, Lucknow, December 19, 2006
  9. ^ Shia clerics divided over Iran issue, M Hasan, Lucknow, February 06, 2006
  10. ^ Now, a model nikahnama only for Shias, M Hasan, Lucknow, May 29, 2006
  11. ^ Sadiq, Jawad blame US; Abaqati puts it on Qaeda, Article from: The Hindustan Times, Article date: June 15, 2007
  12. ^ Keep off, clerics tell law panel; to meet PM, M. Hasan, Hindustan Times, Lucknow, August 07, 2009
  13. ^ Cleric detained, supporters go on rampage in Lucknow, Express news service, Mon Nov 15 2010, 04:28 hrs
  14. ^ Shia tussle spills on to Lucknow road, TNN, Nov 15, 2010, 04.12am IST
  15. ^ Dispute over college sparks violence, The Hindu, Lucknow, November 15, 2010
  16. ^ Row over Shia College, Rohit Singh, Hindustan Times, Lucknow, November 14, 2010
  17. ^ Fareed, Mohd Faisal (October 20, 2014). "Shia youth ‘who fought ISIS’ gets grand welcome home in Lucknow". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Jeelani, Gulam (Oct 21, 2014). "Shia cleric who fought against ISIS, returns to a hero’s welcome in Lucknow". News18. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

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