Maulana Syed Safi Haider Zaidi
(Secretary of the institution Tanzeemul Makatib )

Fourteen centuries after the departure of our Holy Prophet from this world, with his last successor out of reach, the guardianship of our community’s welfare and prosperity has been entrusted to our esteemed religious scholars. These scholars, well-informed and sensitive to the needs of the times, have earned the respect and adherence of the faithful, their dedicated efforts leading to the continuous global spread of our faith.

Among these distinguished scholars is Maulana Syed Safi Haider Zaidi, who has dedicated over thirty years to serving as the Secretary of Tanzeemul Makatib. Renowned for his profound wisdom, extensive knowledge, and virtues such as integrity, tolerance, humility, patience, courtesy, and compassion, Maulana Zaidi is both revered and easily approachable.

Maulana Zaidi was born on the 2nd of Zilhijjah 1376 A.H. (approximately July 1957 C.E.) in the village of Syedwara Jargawan, Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Syed Hasan Jafar Zaidi, was noted for his benevolence and honesty. His mother, sister of Maulana Syed Ghulam Askari AM, the founder of Tanzeemul Makatib, and daughter of Syed Mohammad Naqi, a Deputy Inspector of Schools, came from a lineage steeped in educational values.

Closely nurtured by his maternal uncle, Maulana Zaidi received a robust foundational education in Urdu and Persian at home before enrolling at Madrasa Jamea Nazmia in Lucknow. Here, he benefitted greatly from the mentorship of affectionate and well-educated teachers, utilizing his intelligence to garner a rich body of knowledge.


After fulfilling his studies with the U.P. Madrasa Board, Maulana Zaidi earned a degree in English from Shia College, Lucknow, and pursued further studies in Iran. Upon his return to India, he served extensively as a teacher at Jamea Imamia.

In the wake of Maulana Syed Ghulam Askari’s passing in 1985, Maulana Zaidi initially took on the role of Joint Secretary for Tanzeemul Makatib, eventually ascending to the position of Main Secretary in 1987. Under his guidance, the organization has seen significant growth:

1. Imamia Study Centre:* Provides religious education alongside school homework assistance.
2. Imamia E-Shop:* Sells essential items for all stages of life, from birth to death.
3. E-Maktab:* Offers online religious education for children who cannot attend traditional madrasas.
4. Jameatuz Zahra:* Established in 1994 to enhance the future of Muslim girls through dedicated religious instruction.
5. Madaris-e-Abu Talib and Khadeejatul Kubra:* Provide religious education to young adults.

Under Maulana Zaidi’s leadership, the number of makatib under the aegis of Tanzeemul Makatib has expanded from less than 600 in 1987 to more than 1200 by 2023, marking a notable contribution to the propagation and education of our faith.