BIOGRAPHY OF

ALLAMA SAHEB QIBLA FULTALI (RA.)

 

Written By

Ahmed Hassan Chowdhury

 

[Translated By: Syed Md. Azmal Hussain (Wasi)]

 

 

 

The superior Alim-e-din, Raisul Qurra, Usdazul Muhaddisin, Hazrat Allama Abdul Latif Chowdhury Fultali is a well known name in the world. He gained this identity through working for Islam for more than half a century. He always dedicated his life to the way of Allah. His contribution to teaching the Holy Quran played a vital role in the pious Muslims lives who wanted to learn the perfect way of Quran recitation. Allama Saheb Qiblah was not only a true saint but also a philanthropist who devoted his life to serve the poor and needy people. Even today, his sons have been working on the way directed by him. His Tarikat falls under Jainpuri Silsila (succession). As a spiritual figure, he had been inviting the people to join the way of Islam since the moment he took vow to work for the sake of the religion.

 

Family Background:

Allama Abdul Latif Chowdhury (Fultali Saheb Qiblah) was born in a village named Fultali, a part of Zakiganj Police Station under the district of Sylhet in Bangladesh in 1913 A.D. He passed away in 2008 A.D. He belonged to a noble and wealthy family. His father, Mufti Maolana Adul Majid Chowdhury (Rh.), was a renowned Alem and Faqih. His (his father) fame as an Alem (Shayekh) pervaded all over Bangla and Asam of all-India the then. Moulana Abdul Majid was engaged in teaching at Madrashahs. He was also a renowned saint. Being his eligible offspring, Flutali Saheb Qiblah obtained the highest position in Tariqat.

 

Education:

 Fultali Saheb Qiblah accomplished his primary education from Fultali Alia Madrasha. He got his cousin, Fatir Ali (Rh.) as his teacher while studying at primary school. He, at that time, was taught Qirat by Qari Syed Ali. His father used to work as a super at Gangajal Madrasha the then. Later, Maolana Abdul Majid got him (Futali Saheb) enrolled into Badarpur Senior Madrashah in 1338 Bangla upon his student, Maolana Abudr Rashid’s request. Fultali Saheb Qiblah finished the higher secondary level from there. Hence, his teacher and Murshid Abu Yusuf Shah Muhammad Yakub Badarpuri suggested him to enroll into Madrasha e Alia Rampur. Having been advised by his Murshid, he got admitted into Madrasha e Alia Rampur and finished Fanunnat, and then enrolled into Matlaul Ulum Madrashah in order to gain knowledge on Hadith. He stood first-class-first in the final examination of Hadith in 1355 Hijri. Apart from this, he obtained degrees on Tafsir and Fiqah. His teachers at that Madrashah were Allama Khalilullah Rampuri and Allama Waji uddin Rampuri.

 

Social & Political Activities:

 Allama Fultali Saheb Qibla’s political life was full of struggles against all sorts of injustice and non-Islamic activities. He took active part in the revolt against the British regime. He also took part in the independence war of the subcontinent. His social and political recognition had several aspects.

 Fultali Saheb was very conscious about adopting Islamic culture. He had established hundreds of Madrashas and Maktabs. A Kamil Madrashah (Fultali Alia Madrasha) and an orphanage (Latifia Yatim Khana) are currently being maintained by his eldest son in his own village which was under his (Fultali Saheb Qbliah) supervision when he was alive. Approximately five hundred orphans have taken lodge in the orphanage. All of them are given proper opportunity to study. This orphanage (Latifia Yatim Khana) was named after Fultali Saheb Qiblah (Maolana Abdul Latif Chowdhury). Saheb Qibla’s second son, Maolana Najmuddin Chowdhury Fultali has been working at Fultali Alia Madrashah as the principal. His fourth son, Mufti Maolana Giash Uddin Chowdhury has been maintaining an organization named Latifia Complex that contains three sub institutes (Kindergarten, Quran Memorization Center, and Cadet School).