Imam of Masjid Al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Dr Abdul
Rahman As-Sudias, who is on a short visit to India, was accorded
historic welcome on his arrival at the Jamiat Ahle Hadees headquarter
in Delhi March 27.
"Dr As-Sudais reached the Jamiat
Ahle-Hadees headquarter at Okhla, few kmtrs to New Delhi, at 04:00
in the afternoon. But a huge number of people
including women and children gathered here to greet him long before
his arrival", Jamiat Ahle Hadees office
secretary, Mohammad Ahmed Salafi, said to ummid.com on phone.
At Jamiat Ahle Hadees headquarter, Dr
As-Sudais was received by the president of Jamiat Ahle-Hadees Hind
Hafiz Mohd Yahya, Gen Secretary Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi and Rector of
Jamia Salafia Banaras Dr. Abdullah Saud.
"Others who were present at the site
included a host of state jamiat leaders, who had specially traveled from
Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya
Pradesh and Gujarat to New Delhi to greet Dr As-Sudais", Ahmed
Immediately after reaching the Jamiat
Ahle Hadees Complex at Okhla, Dr. As-Sudais led the Asr prayers.
Thousands of people including men, women and children offered the prayer with
"The entire complex, buildings near
the vicinity and streets adjoining the complex all were packed. People offered prayers wherever they found a place", Ahmed Salafi
In an unprecedented gesture, Dr As-Sudais
himself offered to recite the verses from the Holy Quran to
inaugurate the welcome function organised in his honour.
Later, he laid the foundation
stone of an auditorium-cum-cultural centre at the Jamiat Ahle Hadees
Dr. As-Sudais is in India since March
24 on the invitation of Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind. During his stay in
the country, he also visited Darul Uloom Deoband, Jamate Islami
Hind's New Delhi Office and also addressed the conference organised
by Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind.
Besides meeting Union Minister for
Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hosted a dinner in
his honour on March 24, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid
and Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin, Dr As-Sudais also had a meeting
with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the same day.