• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Emdad's Articles Moulana Mohiuddin

Moulana Mohiuddin

E-mail Print PDF

Moulana Mohiuddin is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and is a prolific scholar and thinker of Islam. He is the son of a distinguished academic and studied at one of most the famous educational establishments of Bangladesh. He is a renowned Mufassir of the Quran and travels widely for the purpose of Dawah. Recently, he was invited to the United Kingdom to visit leading Islamic and educational establishments. He is currently on his fourth visit here. Emdad Rahman was recently allowed some time in his presence. This meeting took place at Markazul Uloom, an Islamic Institute in Dalston, London. Moulana Mohiuddin Khan gained his Madrasah degree in 1955.

This was followed by an additional Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) degree soon after. Soon after he began working for ‘Pasban’, an Urdu daily in the capacity of Junior Sub-Editor. In 1957 the Moulana was made Editor of the ‘Daily Aaj’. Moulana Akram Khan, a distinguished and reputable scholar took him under his wing during that period and the newly graduated Moulana found himself also working for the ‘Daily Azad’. It was soon evident that the real reason for this was to revise Moulana Akram’s works on Quranic Tafseer. This assignment took three years and Moulana Mohiuddin speaks extremely highly of the valuable experience gained under the tutelage of the great Moulana, which has stood him in good stead ever since.

During the 70’s the Moulana was behind the promotion of a scheme to promote writing amongst Islamic scholars and became part of a guild, which is now known as the Islamic Foundation. In 1971 the Moulana’s brainchild was launched in the form of the ‘Monthly Madina’, which is one of the most well read Islamic journals in the world with a circulation of 140,000. He informed me that most of his spare time is now concentrated on research and articles for the Monthly Madina. His most passionate hobby is reading and he has written countless books in Bangla, Arabic, Persian and Urdu. One of the Moulana’s biggest projects to date is when he was invited by the Saudi Royal family to undertake a revision and condensation of the Tafseer version of the Quran. He was bestowed with luxuries usually reserved for royalty and completed 9 volumes in 90 days.

Moulana Mohiuddin is also the author of the Arabic/Bangla dictionary, which is a massive hit and bestseller amongst Madrasah students. The esteemed Moulana then proceeded to inform me that he has experienced great satisfaction from grooming and training many renowned Bangladeshi female writers and columnists. Amongst them is Kobitha Sultana who is well known for writing in relation to the controversies surrounding Taslima Nasrin’s well publicised works. Due to her family’s poor financial status, Moulana Mohiuddin provided her schooling fees as she was growing up. Kobitha Sultana is the author of the acclaimed literary piece: ‘Doinno Ami Nari, which translates as: ‘Proud to be a woman.’ Fatima Ali from Khulna, Author of ‘Islami Nari’ (Islamic Women) is another protégé. Another of the Moulana’s trainees from dozens of others has just completed a well-received history of Haj. Moulana Mohiuddin has two requests. He spoke of Muslims from the Arab world that settled in South America 150 years ago. ‘Because of the lack of effort by these Muslims to preserve their culture and heritage we see Muslims in that part of the world that have lost their faith and forgotten the way of their pious predecessors.’ He was astounded by the custom of kissing the forehead as part of religion during a visit to Cyprus in 1982. ‘ I exhort all Muslims to look after the youth and bring them up as honest people. ‘This is the biggest investment that can be made for the well-being of a child’ he proclaims. Secondly, Moulana Mohiuddin exhorts all Muslims to gain constructive benefits from the gift of media. ‘We may be poor, but we are a nation that is big on quality. If we can do as such then this will count as one of the greatest achievement by an expatriate community. Muslims are being persecuted wrongly all over the world. We have the case of the persecution of Muslims in Assam. Who is highlighting this? Or more so, who is going to highlight this?’ I boldly ask him ‘where does the Muslim intellectual come into the picture? What can Muslim intellectuals do in the midst of all this?' The answer is to the point: 'Well, for a start they can say something different. Rather than presenting the sorry state of the Muslim world today as a cause for a striving against all things un-Islamic, we can argue that the present state of affairs can be turned around to empower us.

Looking at the way in which Muslims have been persecuted all over the world today should encourage us to re-think our relations with others in radically different ways. We could, for example, occupy the moral high ground and open the way for dialogue between cultures and religions. There are many other things that we can do, but few intellectuals are doing them.' In short, the challenge that faces the contemporary Muslim is to find the means to help Muslims live in the real world, which is complex, heterodox and confounding. Being an intellectual also means that he/she bears a great moral burden as well: sometimes the truths that need to be said are painful and difficult to accept, but the true intellectual would be prepared to pay the price for speaking the truth under whatever circumstances.' Lastly, I asked him for advice regarding Dawah in the West and was rewarded with more pearls of wisdom: ‘Open up’, he proclaims. ‘Find opportunities and seize chances to convey the message of Islam to others. Create chances and try to invite people, whether at home or in public places. Try your best to allay fear and clarify any misunderstanding about Islam. All attempts should be made to remove doubts and misgivings about Islam.

Muslims also need to learn how to share their values, which they have been concealing for the last several decades. They had done this at the time as a precautionary measure to preserve their identity and this was considered necessary too. However, we can no longer afford to live in an isolationist manner. It is imperative to share your ideals with people. You need to discuss and explain your beliefs in schools, colleges, factories, offices etc. Wherever possible you need to promote a true understanding of Islam and Muslims. The media should be used appropriately in disseminating the true message of Islam. Proper use should also be made of the Mosques. The methodology of Masjidun Nabi will instruct us in this matter. Non-Muslims, including women visitors, would visit the Masjid and the Prophet would welcome them earnestly. Bear in mind that those people who have not yet accepted Islam are not bound by its rules and regulations, for example the rules of purity and cleanliness do not apply to them. We should thereby draw public opinion more favourably towards Islam. We have to make the point clear that there are elements at work, that for their own vested interest, are creating unfounded hatred and misgivings about Islam and Muslims. It is creating a mutual hostility between Muslims and the rest of the world. We must be vigilant about this, and not let them succeed.

Moulana Mohiuddin instils courage and confidence in the hearts of all he comes across, especially those who are sunk as if in deep slumber. He has been largely instrumental in dispelling the inferiority complex resulting from incessant intimidation on many fronts. The extreme poverty and sufferings, to which the Bangladeshi masses were reduced to under the Ayub Khan Martial Law regime and henceforth, add fuel to his already growing legend. Nevertheless, he remains a dominant figure in every political and social reform deliberation in Bangladesh. In spite of his extremely busy schedule, he has found time to write his books, articles, not to mention his commitment to the Monthly Madina. The Moulana has profound knowledge of Islam and specialises in various fields of Islamic Studies. He is a respected authority on the Qur'an and Hadith and a master of the Arabic language. There are not many in the realms of writing and politics that are as practical as Moulana Mohiuddin. Throughout his life, he has worked and struggled hard for just causes. A man of simplicity and sincerity, he has stood undaunted against recurring onslaughts and ultimately scarified his everything fo

Recommend this article...