28-NOV-2020: Condolence meeting
Aligarh, November 28: An online condolence meeting was held at the Department of Arabic, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to mourn the sad demise of prominent Muslim cleric and AMU alumnus, Dr Syed Kalbe Sadiq.
Presiding over the meeting, Professor Faizan Ahmad, Chairperson, Department of Arabic said, "Maulana Kalbe Sadiq's demise has left a void, impossible to fill. He always stressed on strengthening brotherhood in society and made remarkable efforts for social harmony and brotherhood."
"Maulana Sadiq Sahab worked very hard to foster harmony between people of various faiths and religious denominations. He will always be admired by people of all backgrounds throughout the country and will also be remembered for his genuine warmth and affection towards his alma mater," said Prof Sami Akhtar.
Reminiscing interactions with Maulana Sadiq, Prof Abu Sufyan Islahi recalled the deep impression the deceased left on him.
Maulana Sahab had sincerity, simplicity and humility in his personality traits and always drew inspiration from Sir Syed's life and works, said Prof Abu Sufyan adding that Dr Kalbe Sadiq felt strongly on the need to spread education and knowledge.
Dr Arafat Zafar said that Maulana Sadiq Sahab had friends and well wishers all over the world and strived for religious reform and social work.
"Maulana Sahab worked tirelessly to bridge gap between various sects. He was a Shia cleric, but used to offer Eid Prayers with the Sunni Muslims at Firangi Mahal in Lucknow. He shared strong relations with Nadwatul Ulama, a Sunni Muslim seminary," said Dr Arafat.
Dr Abu Zar said: "Maulana Sahab promoted peaceful coexistence among members of different communities and used to be among the common invitees, be it in a Muslim or non Muslim gathering."
"Dr Kalbe Sadiq always believed that poverty and ignorance could only be alleviated through educational empowerment of masses," said Dr Syed Ali Hur Kamoonpuri.
Dr Syed Ali also read the condolence message. Prof Faizan Beg recited duas for the deceased.
Maulana Kalbe Sadiq did Ph.D in Arabic under the supervision of Prof Mukharuddin Ahmad at AMU. He brought out an edited and annotated edition of the manuscript, 'Khaasul Khaas' by the great Abbasid linguist and man of letters, Abu Mansoor al Tha'aaliby (d. 430 AH), which was published by Daairatul Maarif al Uthmaniyyah, Hyderabad. Maulana Sadiq was a member of the University Court and a member of the Board of Studies, Department of Shia Theology in AMU.
He is survived by wife, three sons and a daughter.
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