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July 19, 1999
Ali Mian wins award from Sultan of Brunei for Islamic studies
Jamil Akhter in New Delhi
Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi, renowned Islamic scholar and chairman of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, has been conferred the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah International Award -- 1998.
The award is given in recognition of 'excellence in the study of Islam and the Islamic world'. Maulana Nadvi, also known as Ali Mian, is the third scholar to receive the honour sponsored by the Sultan of Brunei.
'Biographical studies of major figures in Islamic thoughts' was the theme for the 1998 award, and Ali Mian was chosen for his various works on the subject.
Ali Mian, who describes himself as a student of the holy Koran, is rector, Darul-Uloom Nadvatul Ulema, Nadva, a Lucknow-based school of Islamic studies.
The first Bolkiah award was accorded to Egyptian Dr Yusuf al-Qaradabi for his contribution to Islamic jurisprudence, while the second went to Janab Abdul Khattah al-Ghudi of Syria for his work on the Hadees (sayings of Prophet Mohammad).
Maulana Nadvi, who hails from Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh, has the rare honour of possessing a key to the Khana-e-Kaaba (Kaaba Baitullah), the only person other than King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to have the key. The latter, being the custodial head of the holiest Islamic centre, can also enter the shrine at will.
As the visiting senior minister from the sultanate of Brunei was not allowed to travel to Lucknow to hand over the award, it will be presented at a function in New Delhi. Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, principal, Nadva College, will receive the award on behalf of Ali Mian who is unwell.
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