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Dr Kalbe Sadiq
Dr. Kalbe Sadiq addressing a Majlis during Muharram
|Education||PhD in Arabic|
|Other names||Moulana Kalbe Sadiq Sahab Qibla|
|Initiation||Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust|
|Present post||Vice President (AIMPLB) General Secretary|
Dr. Kalbe Sadiq also known as Moulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq is an internationally renowned Islamic scholar, thinker, reformer, educationist and preacher. He is known for his inclusive and broadminded interpretation of Islam. He was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India in a highly respected Shia family, The Khawandah-e-Ijtihaad. He has visited several countries for delivering lectures mostly in the Islamic month of Muharram. He recites and presides over the mourning sessions in Muharram. Maulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq received his early education from the famous madrasa of Sultan ul Madaris. He then moved to Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and obtained the degree of Ph.D. in Arabic Literature. Beside Arabic, Dr. Kalbe Sadiq has mastery over Urdu, Persian, English and Hindi languages. He is an orator par excellence and has traveled across the globe to deliver speeches and lectures on Islamic theology. Among his admirers are the followers of all religions. Although he belongs to the Shia sect of Islam but is equally respected among all Islamic sects and holds the post of Vice-President of India’s biggest socio-religious organization All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Today, Maulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq is seen as a big exponent of communal harmony between Hindu and Muslims and also Shias and Sunnis. Peaceful coexistence has been one of his basic principles of life. Earlier Lucknow was known for the sectarian violence between Shias and Sunnis particularly in the days of Muharram. But with the initiative and consistent efforts of Dr. Sadiq, several confidence building measures have been taken up between the two communities and by the grace of God condition is changing rapidly. When Maulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq stepped into the religious and social leadership of Muslim masses in mid 70s, he was moved by the pathetic condition of the community. The Muslim community was backward in all fields and deeply sunk into the darkness of illiteracy, poverty and ignorance. He, after much deliberation, concluded that the root cause of the backwardness of Muslims lies in its distance from education and knowledge. From thereafter Dr. Kalbe Sadiq resolved to spread education and knowledge on modern lines and waged a community wide war against illiteracy and ignorance. This became the aim of his life. He started an educational movement in the community and left no stone unturned to remove the darkness of ignorance. On 18 April 1984, he established Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust (T.M.T) to give educational assistance and scholarships to needy and poor students. Within the period of 27 years the Trust now is running many schools, colleges, technical institutes, charitable hospitals, free education programmes and providing scholarships to around 5000 students all over India. The amount of scholarship varies from thousands to lacs of rupees. The thousands of the beneficiaries of T.M.T’s scholarships, over the period of these years, are now leading a successful life and bringing name and fame to their family and off course the community all over the world. Maulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq is especially attached to a project “T.M.T’s free education programme” which provides quality education, transportation, uniforms, stationery, books, etc. absolutely free to the most deserving and underprivileged students of our society. Under this programme, around 4000 students are receiving quality education in various cities of India like Lucknow, Allahabad, Jaunpur, Aligarh, Moradabad, Jalalpur, Barabanki, etc. In the same programme, Dr. Kalbe Sadiq has established a completely free education school in Lucknow known as “Unity Mission School”, where 1800 students are studying and all their expenses including books, copies and uniforms are borne by TMT. The result is for everyone to see. The students from this programme are changing the mindset of their parents and thus bringing about a big difference in the overall condition of our society. It can be safely said that after Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, no Muslim leader has made as much efforts to spread modern education and scientific temperament in Muslim society as Dr. Kalbe Sadiq did. It is for the same reason that people are now rightly calling him to be a ‘second Sir Syed’. The educational, charitable and constructive projects running under his able guidance and supervision include: (1) Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust, Lucknow (2) Unity College, Lucknow (3) Unity Mission School, Lucknow (4) Unity Technical School, Lucknow (5) Unity
Early life and family
He was born in 1939 in the city of Lucknow,the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His father late Maulana Kalbe Husain was a prominent Islamic scholar and an excellent orator and his brother late Maulana Kalbe Abid was also a reputed Islamic scholar and pious Alim. He is the uncle of Shia Scholar Kalbe Jawad. He received his early education from the madrasa, Sultan ul Madaris. He then moved to Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh where he obtained a degree, Bachelor of Arts. He later went on to pursue his master's degree in Arabic Literature from the same University. He got his doctoral degree from the Lucknow University
After becoming a religious leader he made several successful attempts at making education available to the deprived section of the society. He founded the Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust on 18 April 1984 with an aim to give educational assistance and scholarships to needy and poor students. The educational, charitable and constructive projects running under his supervision include:
- Tauheedul Muslimeen Trust, Lucknow
- Unity College, Lucknow
- Unity Mission School, Lucknow
- Unity Industrial Training Center, Lucknow
- Unity Public School, Allahabad
- M.U. College, Aligarh
- Unity Computer Centre, Lucknow
- Unity Free Education Programmes in Lucknow, Jaunpur, Jalalpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, Moradabad and Aligarh etc.
- Hiza Charitable Hospital, Lucknow
- T.M.T Medical Centre, Shikarpur, U.P.
- T.M.T’s Widow’s Pension Scheme
- T.M.T’s Orphan’s Educational Sponsorship Scheme
- Reconstruction and expansion of the famed Imam Bargah of Ghufran Maab, Lucknow
- Reconstruction and renovation of the tomb of prominent Urdu elegy writer and Marsia Khwan Hazrat Meer Anees, Lucknow
He is also the President of The Era’s Medical College & Hospital Lucknow and the general secretary of All India Shia Conference besides being a member of Anjuman-e-Wazifiya-e-Sadat-o-Momineen.
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