The time for Namaaz came during the proceedings of Lok Sabha and then…the Imam of Jama Masjid who reached the Parliament will continue to offer Namaaz

At 1 pm on Monday, just before the afternoon prayers at the Jama Masjid on Parliament Street, there was a discussion among the worshippers about whether the Imam sahab would get time to lead the prayers today? The curiosity of the worshippers ended after a few minutes when 48-year-old Mohibullah was seen walking slowly towards the mosque. The prayers began at 1.20 pm and lasted for about 10 minutes, after which Mohibullah again crossed the road and headed towards Parliament. Actually, the term of the 18th Lok Sabha has started and after the newly elected MPs were sworn in, the Speaker has also been elected. Maulana Mohibullah Nadvi, who became an MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, was also present in the House. He is also the Imam of the Jama Masjid on Parliament Street.

Registered victory from Rampur seat

Fielded by the Samajwadi Party, he won the seat by defeating sitting MP Ghanshyam Lodhi of the BJP by 87,000 votes, despite opposition from party heavyweight Azam Khan. Born in Razanagar village in Rampur’s Suar area, Mohibullah studied at the district’s Madrasa Jameul Uloom Furqania before moving to Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow. He later moved to Delhi, where he completed his graduation in Arabic and also obtained a master’s degree in Islamic studies from Jamia Millia Islamia before getting the job of imam at the Parliament Street mosque on March 28, 2005.

Meetings with politicians and other prominent personalities

Being an imam at the mosque located right opposite Parliament meant frequent opportunities to meet politicians and other prominent personalities who came for prayers. Mohibullah recalled that among the prominent personalities who stood behind him in prayers was former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

How did you enter politics?

Mohibullah said it was God’s grace that I was appointed here. This is a historic mosque that has seen freedom fighters offering namaz before Independence. The mosque has always had Muslim and non-Muslim prominent figures as guests. His only relative to join politics in recent times was his uncle Talib Hussain, the village head of Razanagar. Mohibullah said these interactions developed an interest in politics in him. “I would always listen to and discuss politics with leaders who would come for namaz. I always wanted to help people and solve their problems. Now, I have a chance to do it. All this was in my thoughts, but how it all happened is the plan of the Almighty.

will continue to offer namaz

On how he finally took the step, Mohibullah said it was former five-time MP from Sambhal Shafiqur Rahman Barq – a regular at the mosque – who introduced him to Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav at the party headquarters in Lucknow in January and suggested he be fielded from Rampur. Barq died a month later. Now a Lok Sabha MP, Mohibullah said he plans to raise issues of unemployment, healthcare and education in Rampur in Parliament over the next five years. “My focus will be on these three things. For this, I will take inputs from the district and raise public issues. For this, I will even approach the UP chief minister if I have to.” If the district needs a special package from the Centre, I will also try for it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top