Prominent Islamic scholar Kalbe Sadiq dies at 83
Noted Islamic scholar, reformer, educator and vice chairman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, 83, breathed his last Tuesday night at a Lucknow hospital. The well-known Shiite cleric is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
Prime Minister Adityanath expressed his regret at Sadiq’s death, a statement from the Uttar Pradesh government said.
Supporters of the maulana said that his death was a great loss to humanity. Some called him messiah of the destitute, while others called him an incarnation of the tehzeeb (culture) of ‘Ganga Jamuni’.
“My father, who suffered from pneumonia, took his last breath around 10 pm on Tuesday,” said Kalbe Sibtain, his son.
Kalbe Sadiq had been under treatment at Era Medical College where he was admitted on November 17. Doctors said he suffered from colorectal cancer with severe pneumonia and urinary tract infection.
Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah, a descendant of the Awadh royal family, said: “Kalbe Sadiq was the most secular person in Lucknow.”
Maulana Yasoob Abbas, General Secretary of the All India Shiite Personal Law Board (AISPLB), said: “We have not seen any personality like him. In fact, it was a harbinger of change and changed the lives of many by facilitating their education through trust. They would miss him very much. ”
He also said that Sadiq was the first to organize a Shiite-Sunni namaz in the history of Lucknow.
S Mohammed Haider, a mutwalli from Sibtainabad Imambara, called him a disciplinarian who would always stick to deadlines.
Sadiq was born in Lucknow and was known for his lectures, mainly during Muharram.
His father Kalbe Hussain was an Islamic scholar and speaker and his brother Kalbe Abid was also an Islamic scholar. He was the uncle of the Shiite scholar Kalbe Jawad. He received his initial education from the madrasa Sultan ul Madaris. He then transferred to Aligarh Muslim University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Later he continued with his master’s degree in Arabic literature at the same University. He then obtained a doctorate from Lucknow University.