HAZRAT MIR MOMIN ALI QUADRI (RAHIMAHUMULLAH)
Hazrat Mir Momin Ali Quadri (rahimahumullah) was a famous Shaikh-ul-Islam of his time. He was born on May 2, 1919, corresponding to Sha'aban 1st, 1337 AH in a Sada'at family. He was a direct descendant of Shaikh Abdul Qader Jeelani (RU). His ancestors had settled in Patanchuru in erstwhile State of Hyderabad.
His grand father Hazrat Mir Rustum Ali Quadri (r) was a famous Shaikh of his time.
His father Hazrat Mir Faizullah Quadri was also a famous Shaikh of his time.
Right from childhood, his father had great affection for Shaikh Mir Momin (r) whose dargah is located on a hilltop in Hyderabad. Therefore, when his first son was born, he named him after his beloved Shaikh.
Hazrat Momin Ali Quadri (r) completed his school education in erstwhile State of Hyderabad. He completed the degree of Bachelors of Business Administration from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Later he completed Bachelors degree in Unani Medicine.
He joined Government service as an Accountant but left this job after a few years, and concentrated full time on religious education of people. Many people used to visit him daily, majority of whom were his mureedeen.
He studied Arabic, Quran, Hadith and Fiqh at an Arabic Madrasa while he was studying in high school. He took bay'a on the hands of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui Hasrat (r) at the age of 23.
He had undergone rigorous religious training (sulook) on the hands of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r). He once told me that he used to sit in a cave called 'Chand Cave' at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad and used to do Zikr Jaher for several hours every night for years.
He also told me that he used to do Salatul Asar at Ahmad Nagar area, then rush 25 kilometers on his cycle to for Salatul Maghrib at the mosque of a hill top 'Pahadi Shareef' area. This he continued for several years. He also lead congregation Salatul Fajr prayers at this mosque for some time. He expressed that it was tough to go to this mosque for Salatul Fajr prayers, 25 kilometers via rural roads at night on his old cycle.
He was famous for simple living and charity. He never kept anything for himself or for his family. There were no regular sources of income after he left his job. For years, the house was run on meager income of some Arabic teaching and my mother used to stitch clothes at a Government run center for ladies. In spite of that, whatever meager amount was earned, was given in alms to people. Shaikh's life was a total Tawakkal Alallah. Many a times there was no food at home for his kids. I remember I used to have only one kurta/pajama to wear for years. When our clothes were washed by my mother, we used to wrap a towel around us till the clothes got dried.
He used to sit every day doing Zikr from Salatuz Zuhar till Salatul Isha, sitting straight in the direction of Qibla, taking breaks only for Asr and Maghrib Prayers.
He used to conduct classes for Quran understanding regularly and my first exposure to Quran exegesis was in these classes.
After the death of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r) in 1962, he had the opportunity to learn Tasawwuf under the able guidance of Hazrat Badruddin Khaled Wajudi Quadri (r). He spent many years under the watchful eyes of Hazrat Khaled (r).
He received Khilafah from both Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r) and Hazrat Badrudding Khaled Wajudi (r).
He also spent a few years in the company of Hazrat Azizullah Shah Irfani (r) who was successor and Ja-i-Nasheen of Hazrat Ilahi Baksh (r), the Arabic teacher of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r) at Darul Uloom, Hyderabad.
Once Hazrat Shujauddin Siddiqui (r), the son and successor of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r) told me that he and my father were great friends during their youth.
Hazrat Piya Quadri, one of the famous and most closest mureedeen of Hazrat Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui (r) was also a great friend of my father. Hazrat Piya Quadri was indeed a sincere friend as he used to visit us regularly long after the death of our father and had become a member of our family.
Everyday after Isha, scores of people used to visit him for religious education and training, many of whom were his Mureedeen. He used to take bay'a in Quadri and Chisti lineage (silsila).
Hazrat Momin Ali Quadri (r) had a special liking for Hazrat Syed Ahmad Badepa (r), the Khalifah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya (r) whose mazar is located at First Lancer area in Hyderabad. He was very fond of him and it looked there was a great spiritual friendship bond between the two. The intensity of the this bond was known to us when he also died on the same date when Hazrat Badepah (r) had died over 700 hundred years ago. Now, the urs of both these Shuyook is performed on the same date, ie., 12 Jumada I, every lunar year.
Hazrat Mir Momin Ali Quadri (r) died on 12 Jumada I, 1392 H, corresponding to June 24, 1972 at the age of 53 years and was buried nearby the Mazar of Hazrat Syed Ahmad Badepah (r).
He has 3 sons and five daughters. Four of his daughters died during their infancy. I am his second son and was 20 years old when the Shaikh died.
His eldest son, Hazrat Mir Lateefullah Quadri took over as his Ja-i- Nasheen after his death and is continuing the work of this great Shaikh for the past 40 years.