Internationally acclaimed Qari, renowned Quran reciter and a strong promoter of women education
in Malegaon Qari Abdus Samad Faizee,
who had the followers and students spread across India, died at
around 05 today in the afternoon. He was 75.
A great scholar
and diehard trainer of Sab'aa-Ahraa - seven different methods of reciting the Holy
Quran, Qari Abdus Samad was the winner of many national and
international Quran Recitation competitions held in various parts
of India especially New Delhi and Calicut in eighties.
He was later invited by the
organisers of national and international Quran recitation
competitions as jury.
A diehard trainer of Quran
recitation, Qari Samad devoted his entire life to voluntarily
teach Quran recitation to girls and boys both, and also to the
elderly men and women. His book, Anwaarut Tajveed, on Quran
recitation is one of the most perfect on the subject and is most
sought after for the students of Quran.
Qari Abdus Samad was the front Qaris
of the country on whose invitation Qaris from Egypt and Iran
started visiting India. In a first, he invited Qari Taha Mohammad
Ziya of Egypt in Malegaon sometimes in 1972.
He has left behind him thousands of
students - girls and boys both, including his own sons, daughters,
grandsons and grand daughters who are experts in Quran recitation.
He started training girl students in
Quran recitation at the time when education of girls and women was
considered as taboo. One of his girl students was even qualified
for an International Quran competition held in Iran.
Simultaneously, with his few of his
friends, he established Tehzeeb High School - a co-ed school,
something very rare in Malegaon at the time.
He was also instrumental in inviting
Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan to Malegaon. When he
finally visited the city, Qari Samad was among those who led the
procession to greet the Frontier Gandhi.
Besides his contribution in teaching
Quran recitation and promoting women education, he was an
acclaimed sportsman of Kabaddi and wrestling. His mastery in
Kabaddi had earned him the title of 'Wall of the Fort.'
For years he led the local Kabaddi team in various