Sudden demise of Shahar Qazi saddened thousands at Bhopal Ijtema
A pall of gloom descended on the 64th “Aalami Tableeghi Ijtima” on
the second day on Sunday evening when Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana
Syed Mohammad Fazil Qasmi passed away following a massive cardiac
attack. He was 54. He is survived by his wife and two
With a heavy heart and tears
welling up in their eyes people of Bhopal turned up in tens of
thousands to bid a tearful adieu to their Qazi-e-Shahar Maulana
Syed Mohammad Fazil Qasmi as his mortal remains were laid to rest
in the Jahangirabad graveyard on Monday night.
Maulana Fazil’s Namaz-e-Janazah, which was held at the sprawling
Lal Parade police ground, was led by his mentor and teacher Mufti
The Shahar Qazi had passed away on Sunday night at
the age of 52 following a massive cardiac arrest. He is survived
by his wife, a son and two daughters. He had assumed charge of
Bhopal Shahar Qazi in April 2010 after the death of late Shahar
Qazi Maulana Abdul Lateef Qasmi.
Before the Namaz-e-Janazah Mufti Abdul Razzaq paid glowing
tributes to his student Maulana Fazil Qasmi. He said the death of
an Aalim (religious scholar) is the death of “Alam” (world). He
announced a monetary help of Rs. 2000/- per month to the wife of
late Maulana Fazil Qasmi.
The funeral procession was a sea of humanity wherein milling
crowds of people participated not only from Bhopal but from small
townships located in the vicinity of the state capital. When the
coffin was lifted for the last phase of the final journey a near
stampede like situation was created as people, both elite and the
commoner, jostled with one another to lend their shoulders to the
casket carrying the body of late Bhopal Shahar Qazi.
from where the funeral procession passed was littered with
slippers, sandals, shoes as surging crowd swelled and people had
no chance to retrieve their slipping away footwear for want of
getting trampled in the melee if they tried. The protruding
handles at four ends were lengthened nearly 20 feet at both ends
by tying long rods to enable more people to lend their shoulders
to the casket.
Congress MLA Syed Arif Aqueel, Bhopal District Congress
Committee chief P. C. Sharma, former Congress Minister Satyadev Katare and other prominent politicians attended the
funeral amongst others.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed
profound grief over the death of Shahar Maulana Fazil Qasmi.
Chouhan visited the residence of the Shahar Qazi in Chhaoni area
in the morning for offering his condolence. Urban Administration
and Development Minister Babulal Gaur accompanied him. Chief
Minister Chouhan and Babulal Gaur placed wreaths on Maulana Fazil
Speaking on the occasion Chouhan said that he cannot still
believe that Maulana Fazil Qasmi is no more among us. He said that
he was a kind-hearted religious person. He worked for peace
throughout his life. Remembering him, Chief Minister Chouhan said
that whenever Maulana Fazil Qasmi met him, he always talked about
people's welfare. He used to talk about the ways through which the
government can improve common man's life.
Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria, AICC
general secretary BK Hariprasad, Congress Leader of Opposition
in MP Assembly Ajay Singh have expressed profound grief over
demise of Shahar Qazi.
Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Hajj
Committee Dr. Sanwwar Patel said, "Demise of Shahar Qazi is my
personal loss". Nayab Qazi Syed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi said: " Shahar
Qazi worked for the cause of religion till his last breath".
It may be mentioned here that Maulana Fazil Qasmi who was
participating the three-day “Aalami Tablighi Ijtima”, which began
at Ghasipura in Eintkhedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal on
Saturday, suffered a massive stroke on returning home. He had led
Asr Namaz at the Ijtima site wherein tens of thousands are
attending the religious congregation and later offered Maghrib
players also. He also solemnized 30 of the about 400 Nikhas that
were performed after Asr prayers. He returned home after the
Maghrib Namaz and after Isha Namaz he suffered the stroke and
thereafter passed away on the way while being rushed to hospital.