Sa'id Akhtar Rizvi
Saeed Akhtar Rizvi
|Native name||سيد سعيد اختر رضوي|
5 January 1927|
Saran District, Bihar
|Died||20 June 2002(aged 75)|
|Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Known for||Chief Missionary of Bilal Muslim Mission|
|Spouse(s)||Sayyida Fatimah Zahra Rizvi|
|Children||Sayyid Ali Imam Rizvi, Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Sayyid Zaki Imam Rizvi, Sayyid Masud Rizvi, Sayyid Mukhtar Rizvi, Sayyida Qaiser Jahan Rizvi, Sayyida Zainab Rizvi|
|Parent(s)||Sayyid Abul Hassan Rizvi and Sayyida Siddiqa Rizvi|
|Relatives||Sayyid Hameed Asgher Rizvi, Sayyid Tawakkul Hussein Rizvi|
Sayyid Sa‘eed Akhtar Rizvi (Urdu: سيد سعيد اختر رضوي) was an Indian born, Twelver Shī‘ah scholar, who promoted Islam in East Africa. He was given authorizations (Arabic: Ijazah) by fourteen Grand Ayatullahs for riwayah, Qazawah, and Umur-e-Hasbiyah.
Rizvi was born in Ushri, Saran district, Bihar state, India, in 1927. His father was Sayyid Abul Hassan Rizvi and who was also a Maulana. He had five sons and two daughters. His second eldest son, Hujjat-ul-Islam wal Muslimeen Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi lives in Toronto, Canada.He is the Imam of the Islamic Shia Ithna‘asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) of Toronto, Jaffari Islamic Center. He spoke Urdu, English, Arabic, Persian, Swahili and knew Hindi and Gujarati.
In 1959 he was appointed the Islamic scholar (Arabic: 'alim) for Lindi, Tanzania. In 1962, e conceived a plan for propagating Islam. His plan was proposed and approved at the triennial Conference of the Africa Federation in Tanga in 1964. and became the Bilal Muslim Mission. Rizvi was transferred from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in mid-eastern Tanzania. He then went to Mombasa in southern Kenya in 1976 and co-founded the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania in 1968 and the Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya in 1971. Through his mission he introduced correspondence courses in Islamic studies in English and Swahili. He traveled and lectured to university students in Africa, Europe, Canada and USA.
His funeral was held in Dar es Salaam with two scouts holding black flags in the cortege to the burial site. Officials and Scholars from several countries were present. The Islamic funeral prayer (Salat al-Mayyit) was given by his son, Muhammad Rizvi.
Rizvi authored over 140 books, some of them having been translated into many languages.
- A Few Questions and Answers. Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya.
- A Lecture On Nahju ’l-Balãghah. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 2001. ISBN 9789987620180.
- Day of Judgement. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1998. ISBN 9789987620029.
- Elements of Islamic Studies. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1986. ISBN 9789976956054.
- Fadak. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania.
- Family Life of Islam. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1988. ISBN 9789976956399.
- Fast. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1988. ISBN 9789976956313.
- Four Californian Lectures. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1989. ISBN 9789976956405.
- God : An Islamic Perspective. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1994. ISBN 9789976956801.
- Hijab: The Dress of Modesty in Islam. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1992. ISBN 9789976956740.
- Imamate: The vicegerency of the Holy Prophet. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1988. ISBN 9789976956139.
- In defense of Islamic Laws: Four Memoranda on various Personal Laws of Islam. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 2007.
- Inner Voice. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1989. ISBN 9789976956450.
- Islam. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania.
- Meaning and Origin of Shi'ism. Islamic Education & Information Centre.
- Muhammad is the Last Prophet. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1988. ISBN 9789976956283.
- Need of Religion. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1988. ISBN 9789976956375.
- Pork. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. 1975. ISBN 9789976956160.
- Extracts from Correspondence between A Muslim and A Christian. World Organization for Islamic Services. 1980.
- Munajaat of Amirul Mumineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.). Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania.
- Outline of Shi'a Ithna-ashari History in East Africa by Marhum Mulla Asgharali M.M. Jaffer
- Daya Munir ( 29 June 2002) Passing Away of Alama as-Sayyid Akhtar al-Rizvi Victory News Magazine