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Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar





Kholapur is an ancient town in the Amraoti District Maharashtra, Maharashtra (the Pin Code: 444802 and the Map to Kholapur). The name of Alhaj Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar is forever linked to Kholapur. He was born in 1843 (1259 Hijri).

Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar was a very enterprising trader and a businessman. He invested his time and wealth in developmental activities. In the year 1290 Hijri (1873 CE), he established a Dini Madrasa (Islamic School, imparting education in Arabic, Islamic Studies, Persian and History) by the name by the name, Madrasa Nawabia Islamia. Nawab Abdul Ghani was recognized for his community and national services. He was awarded a Certificate by the Resident State of Hyderabad on behalf of Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

Certificate


To command his excellency the Viceroy and Governor General. This certificate is presented in the name of the most gracious majesty Victoria Empress of India to Abdool Ghunnee Kholapur Hyderabad assigned district in recognition of his loyalty and for the interest he takes in improving the condition of the Mohammadans in Berar.
January 1st 1877
K.C.S.I
Resident of Hyderabad.

View the Image on Page-59, from the Reference No. 4.


Three historic convocations (Ijlas-e-Dastarbandi) of the Madrasa took place. The first one was in the lifetime of Nawab Abdul Ghani himself in the year 1311 Hijri (1893 CE). The second convocation was conducted by Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad (died in 1942, Picture) the elder son of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb. The third convocation took place under the reign of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader (died in 1943, Picture) the younger son of Nawab Abdul Ghani Saheb. Over the years the number of students in the resident Madrasa declined. In 1950, Shaikh-ul-Hadees Maulana Abid Ali Wajid Al-Husimi Bhopali rejuvenated and renamed the Madrasa as Madrasa Anwarul Uloom. To date the Madrasa is imparting education. His younger son, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader (died in 1943, Picture), carried on the developmental activities, started by his father. He established a separate High School for Girls. He also established a Hospital and the Post Office (Pin Code: 444802). All these have grown over time and even today are the principal institutions of the region.

Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb's elder son was Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad (died in 1942, Picture). Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad was married to Halima Bi Saheba. Halima Bi Saheba was the sister of Nawab Nyazuddin Khan Bahadur (died in 19??, Picture), the Landlord of the Bhadrah Estate.

Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar's younger son, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader died in 1943, in Akodia in the (Shajapur District of Madhya Pradesh). He was on a visit to look after his estate in Akodia (Map to Akodia).

Among all the progeny of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani, Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar (Picture-1 and Picture-2, died in July 2011) deserves a special mention. He was the youngest son of Mohammadi Begum and Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader (died in 1943, Picture). Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar did PhD in 1955, in Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad. The PhD of Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was under the supervision of renowned Phycologist & Ecologist, Professor Mahendar Raj Suxena (Picture). He was the first person from the progeny of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture) not only to do PhD, but the first one to go to College. Professor Dr. A R Zafar retired as the Head of the Department of Botany, in 1986. Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar (Picture-1 and Picture-2, died in July 2011) had cancer with metastasis (including: liver, portal vain, gall-bladder and lungs). He died at 6:53 on the morning of Sunday the 17 July 2011 (14 Shabaan 1432) at his residence in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. When he breathed his last, his wife, niece Bushra Khan, nephew, Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) and his wife, Noama Khan (Picture) were present by his side. The Salaat-ut-Janaza (Funeral Prayers) took place after Maghrib, at Masjid Rahmat-e-Alam, Road No. 11, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The Salaat-ut-Janaza was conducted by Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi (Picture), who is Professor in the Department of Islamic Studies, University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Osmania University (OU, Logo). Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi is also the Rector of the Centre for Islamic Education (Logo), Hyderabad. Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was laid to rest on the same evening in the Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard) attached to the Masjid Hazrat-e-Bilal, Habshiguda, Hyderabad, (see the Map). Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar's eldest sister, Khurshid Begum (died in December 1994) and her husband Syed Iqbal Ilyas (died in May 1990) were also laid to rest in the same Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard).

Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar died in 1897 (1315 Hijri), in Kholapur (Picture).

References:

  1. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  2. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Eminent Personalities of Barar),
    Volume II (2005), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  3. Ghulam Dastagir Khan Saheb,
    Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar,
    in Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    pages 56-60, Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View Page-56, Page-57, Page-58, Page-59 and Page-60.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  4. See the entry, Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture),
    The Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Logo): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Ghani_Saheb_Saudagar.


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