Anjuman E Mahdavia

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Markazi Anjuman E Mahdavia, also known as Anjuman or MAM, is the most important community center for the Mahdavia community of Hyderabad, India.

In the early 20th century, Mahdavia community leaders held meetings at the home of Haji Muhammad Ali Khan. On 15 Muharram 1320 AH (24 April 1902), as a result of these assemblies, a proposition for the founding of the Markazi Anjuman-e-Mahdavia was put forward in a meeting with elites and intellectuals who were interested in working for the progress of the community .[1]


The History of MAM reveals that as late as 1330 AH (1912), at the commencement of every meeting, the head of the assembly was chosen by mutual consultation of the members present, meaning that there was a new president at every meeting. To carry out administrative and communicational tasks, Khan Bahadur Syed Ali Qasim was nominated as the first secretary of MAM, followed by Syed Hussain Saheb of Panagudi,Erode district of Tamil Nadu in 1910. Conventions of Meelad and Urs began to take place at this time, following a resolution presented by Murshid Syed Murtuza Saheb Yadullahi. In 1913 a regular president was elected by the members for a term of four years.

During the presidency of Janab Syed Yaqoob a permanent location for the center was donated by Hajji Mahammed Ali Khan, the chief promoter and co-founder of MAM. As of 2015, the center remains in this same place,Chanchalguda Hyderabad.

In 1903 MAM took the first step towards the accomplishment of its goals by establishing a school, the Madrasa Sultaniyah. Syed Abdullah was made head of the Madrasa. Due to the tremendous popularity of its syllabus and its teaching method, the Madrasa was taken over by the Asaf Jahi Government in 1911. The modern day Chanchalguda junior college is the equivalent or replacement of Madrasa Sultaniyah. To bring further educational opportunities to young people, the Mahdavia Boarding house was established 1914, offering both Religious and Modern education.[2]


In the year 1326, H (1908) Sho'ba Islah-ul-Mu-saddi–qeen was established, and under it, the task of conducting a Mehdvia census was begun. The youth of that period, under the guidance of elderly supervisors, did a commendable job and accomplished their mission in the territory of Hyderabad.

During the Presidency of Nawab Bahadur Yar Jung many important tasks were accomplished by the MAM:

  • The Maharaja and the British Government were persuaded to end their prohibition of the loud recitation of the Tasbeeh in Akalkot.
  • Pension was sanctioned for the family of a person who took Tarik Al-Duniya (Renunciation of worldly pleasures). If a government employee, his case was considered that of a deceased employee.
  • MAM acquired the place where it is housed today by disposing the house donated by Hajji Mohammed Ali Khan.
  • An All-India Mahdavia conference took place in 1353AH (1935) in Channapatna. An industrial exhibition was organized on this occasion, inaugurated by Nobel prize-winning Scientist Sir C.V.Raman. Mr. Mohammed Ismail, the Dewan of Mysore, visited the exhibition and praised the efforts of the Mahdavia Community. The conference proved fruitful, as there was a great exposition of national harmony, as well as religious awareness and interest in science and industry. It added fuel to the will and zeal to learn and contribute to the community. Encouraged by the results of the first conference, a second such conference was organized at the same town in 1941
  • Formerly, the marriages of the Mahdavis of Ausa had to be solemnized by a Qadi. Upon being represented by the Mahdavis of that area, MAM asked the Taluqdar of Osmanabad, Amir Ali Khan, to exempt the Mahdavis from having to do so, and the request was given due consideration; thus the Mahdavi Murshideen Kiraam began solemnizing the marriages of the Mahdavis of that area.
  • An organization promoting the industrial products of Mahdavia entrepreneurs was formed.
  • A committee was created for the construction of the shrine of Imamuna Hazrath Syed Muhammad Juanpurithe Promised Mahdi Alaihis Salam.[2][3][4]

Presidents of MAM[edit]

  • Janab Syed Yaqoob Sahib s/o Hz.Sayed Nusrat (1913 to 1917)
  • Hz Peer-Wo-Murshid Syed Shihabuddin Sahib (Dec,1917 to June,1919)
  • Khan Sahib Babu Khan sahib (1919 to1926)
  • Lisan–Al Ummat Qaaed–e-Millat Nawab Bahadur khan Sahib (Bahadur Yar Jung) (1926 to 1944)
  • Janab Abul Hassan Syed Ali Sahib Advocate (1944 to1950)
  • Nawab Mandoor khan Sahib(Jan,1951 to Dec,1953)
  • Nawab Aziz Ahmed khan sahib (Feb,1954 to May,1958)
  • Dr . Mohammed Bahadur Khan SaljeMay (1955 to Mar 1958) (President ADHOC Committee)
  • Janab Mohammed Saleem Khan Sahib Bozai (Apr,1958 to Oct 1962)
  • Al Hajj Mohammed Khader Khan Sahib (1963to1968)
  • Janab Moinuddin Shaik Imam Sahib (1968 to 1970)
  • Al Hajj Mohammed khader Khan Sahib (1970to1972)
  • Dr . Mohammed MahboobKhan Sahib (1972 to 1973)
  • Janab Syed Ali Akber Sahib (1973 to1974)
  • Janab Mohammed Nasseruddin Sahib (1974 to 1976)
  • Dr,Mohammed Mahboob Khan Sahib (1977 to 1980)
  • Janab Syed Ali Akber Sahib (1981 to 1984)
  • Dr. Mohammed Mahboob Ali Khan Sahib (1985 to 1992)
  • Mirza Samiullah Baig Sahib (1993 to1996)
  • Janab Sardar Shah Mohammed Khan Sahib (Advocate) (1996 to2000)
  • HZ.Peer-wo-Murshid Syed Attan Shihab Mahdavi (2001 to2003)
  • Janab Sarwar Ali khan Sahib (2004 to 2006)
  • Al Haj Janab Adil Mohammed Khan Bozai Mahdavee (2007- till to date)


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  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Available Website". 
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Around the City". 

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