Bareilly: The first Urs-e-Tajusharia to observe the death anniversary of Mufti Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qadiri alias Azhari Miyan will be held in the city on July 9 and 10 at Islamia ground. Azhari Miyan (76), a prominent Sunni Barelvi cleric, died due to illness on July 20 last year.
Before his death, Azhari Miyan had occupied 24th place in the annual list of 500 ‘most powerful and influential Muslims’ across the world, a record prepared by the Jordanian think tank Royal Islamic Strategic Study Centre (RISSC), affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman. The RISSC publication highlights people who have influenced and benefitted others within the Muslim community through their practice of Islam. Azhari Miyan was one of the few Indians to regularly feature in the list.
National vice-president of Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, Salman Hasan Khan said, “Urs-e-Tajusharia will be held in the presence of Mufti Muhammad Asjad Raza Khan, grand mufti and chief Islamic justice of India. We have been sending the invitation to clerics in 56 countries for their participation in the urs. We have also invited grand muftis from across the world. We are expecting lakhs of people to attend this event.”
As Azhari Miyan had supporters in India and abroad, a large number of people had attended his funeral in the city last year. The date of urs (death anniversary) has been decided considering the Islamic calendar.
Azhari Miyan was the great grandson of one of the most distinguished sub-continental Islamic scholars in history, Ahmad Raza Khan, popularly known as Aala Hazrat. Ahmad Raza Khan had founded the Barelvi movement in South Asia.
Source: Times of India