Syed Muzaffar Husain Rizvi

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Tahir Jarwali

Khateeb-ul-Iman Maulana Syed Muzaffar Husain Rizvi Tahir Jarwali, (1932 – Dec 1987) was a Shia religious leader, social worker and one of the prominent Jarwali Syed and celebrated preacher of late 20th century (1970s and '80s), he was also General Secretary of All India Shia Conference for some time.[1][2][3]


He belonged to the family of Syeds of Zaidpur, Barabanki. His great-grandfather moved to Jarwal from Zaidpur and later his grand father and father lived in Jarwal. They belonged to the taluqdar family of Syeds and gained high respect and status in the area. Tahir Jarwali's mother was from the highly respected Shia family of India (Khanwada-e-Sahb-e-Abaqaat) The family of Mir Hamid Hussain (Saheb-e-Abqatul Anwar) & Ayatullah ul Uzma Nasirul Millat. His Mother was the daughter of Nasirul Millat. So he belonged to the family of Nasirul Millat, but, like Agha Roohi, he is not a direct descendant.[4]


For education Tahir moved to Lucknow and gained his studies under the patronage of his maternal uncles Naseerul Millat and Saeedul Millat at their residence Naseer manzil in Nakhas, Lucknow. He was nurtured in a high-profile Shia religious family. He chose to be a lawyer and studied law at University of Lucknow.[1]


During the 1970s and 1980s he organized an important annual three-day national gathering at dargah-e-shaheed-e-salis, Agra, the gathering consisted of one majlis after another from early morning to midnight. He also preached in Hyderabad, India up to late 1980s.[1]

He was founding member of the governing board of prestigious Shia College, Lucknow.[5]

He authored following books,[6]

  • Majalis - Mawaddat-e-Ahle Bait(a.s.), in Urdu
  • Majalis - Najat, in Urdu


His sons include Shozab Jarwali, Misam Jarwali, Syed Ammar Rizvi and Abis"jarwali"[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c The Twelver Shîʻa as a Muslim Minority in India: Pulpit of Tears By Toby M. Howarth
  2. ^ The Light, Volumes 22-23. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. p. 3.  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Nadeem Hasnain; Sheikh Abrar Husain (1988). Shias and Shia Islam in India: a study in society and culture. Harnam Publications. p. 6.  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Shia ulema at odds over shrine control". Hindustan Times. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hasan, Masoodul (19 December 2006). "Shia clerics at dispute over Shia college". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Books

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