By Abdul Mannan
Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasimi, Member of Parliament from Kishanganj Constituency of Bihar,
passed away of heart attack at around 3:00 am on December 13, 2018, at his parental residence at Kanta Tappu, Tarabari, Dighalbank, Kishanganj. His last rites were performed at 3:00pm at Tarabari.
He was the most popular MP of his constituency. Being a Deobandi Aalim e Deen and a good orator used to deliver speeches/lectures/sermons on different occasions. On the day of his death he has just returned after addressing a local Jalsa ( Religious Public meeting) hours before he breathed his last.
He won for the first time in 2009 on a Congress Ticket in his fifth attempt and second time in 2014. Now, he was preparing for his third term.
Last year, for the first time in his entire life, he was widely criticised for his failure in delivering a lecture in the Lok Sabha on Triple Talaq Bill. It took too long for him to clarify the matter to general public who wanted to hear him in the Lok Sabha.
He was born on15th February 1942 in Tarabari, Distt. Kishanganj (Bihar), and was married to Salma Khatoon on 16th May, 1965. Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi has 3 sons and 2 daughters.
A Fazil (M.A.) from Darul Uloom, Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi first served as Secretary Jamiatul Ulema Hind, New Delhi for more than two decades. He was a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB); Vice-President of All India Milli Council; President of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation; Member of Governing Council, Darul Uloom, Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, and AMU Court member and so on.
He established Milli Girls Schools in Tarabari, Kishanganj, Bihar, and many other basic educational Institutions all over the country. He was a veteran of relief and rehabilitation work, used to distribute materials among the victims of tsunami, flood and communal riots in different parts of the country. Writing on various social and political issues was his favourite pastime. His regular columns appeared in vernacular newspapers for last four decades.
He toured many countries like Bahrain, Botswana, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malawi, South Africa, U.A.E., U.K. etc.
He will be remembered for his determination, hard work, down to earth nature and easy accessibility and politeness. May Allah grant him highest place in Jannatul Firdous and Sabre Jameel to all concerned.
[Abdul Mannan is associated with I&B Ministry, Government of India]