Khateeb-e-Azam Late Moulana Syed Ghulam Askari Saheb Qibla (PBUH)
The Founder of Tanzeem, Khateeb-e-Azam Late Moulana Syed Ghulam Askari Saheb Qibla (PBUH) was born in a Syed family in a small town of Bijnore in the outskirts of Lucknow. He inherited love for religion and spirit of religiousness from his parents. The household atmosphere was purely religious. His father, late Janab Syed Mohd. Naqi, despite being a graduate, was a strict follower of religion. Khateeb-e-Azam passed the examination of Mumtazul Afazil from Jamia Nazmia, Lucknow and also the final degree of “Tib” from Takmilut-tib College Lucknow From there, he got admission in Madrasatul Waizeen Lucknow, under the guidance and teachings of late Allama Adeel Akhtar (PBUH), he became one of the most learned Islamic scholars of that time.
In 1951, after obtaining the degree from Madarsatul Waizeen, he stepped in the field to spread knowledge . He adorned the pulpit with his unparalled oratory and tundertook the responsibility of “Amr-Bil-Maroof” and “Nahi-Anil-Munkar”. He was bistored the title of Khateeb-e-Azam – the greatest oraditor! He became a legend in his lifetime.
He was much perturbed with the lack of knowledge of Ahkam-e -Sharia and inactivity on the part of the community.
For years,he single-handedly managed the makatibs at different places, and at some places, he himself performed the duties of a teacher. Ultimately, he laid down the foundation of Tanzeemul Makatib on August 11, 1968 and till 1985 he spread a net worth of Maktab to every nook and corner of the country. There was a wave of religious education from one end of the country to the other. He who gave the slogan of “Make every member of the community religious minded” died not in bed but of heart failure on May 9, 1985 in the high mountains of Poonch while spreading the message of Islam. The institution of Tanzeemul Makatib was orphaned. No doubt, his colleagues and his trained associates took up the responsibility of safeguarding the institution and carried it out satisfactorily with the help of the members of the community but all together still could not fill the vacuum created by the demise of Khateeb-e-Azam.
Though he was like a father figure to thousands of children, yet it was an honour for me that I was brought up directly by him with great affection. Though he was my maternal uncle , he looked after me as his own son. Under his direction, I was educated in Hauza-e-llmia, Qum iran, when he left us and I was deprived of last service to him. Therefore, today when I want to write something, I am unable to do so because of my eyes are full of tears! I wish someone would come forward and write down the biography of this great man.