LUCKNOW—Prominent Shia scholar and preacher Maulana Kalbe Sadiq died at the age of 83 here on Tuesday. He was also vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board(AIMPLB). He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
“My father breathed his last at 10 PM on Tuesday”, Maulana’s son, Kalbe Sibtain, told mediapersons.
He was suffering from colorectal cancer with severe pneumonia and urinary tract infection and was admitted in Era Medical College Hospital for treatment on November 17.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the death of Maulana Sadiq, a Uttar Pradesh government statement said.
In a condolence message, AIMPLB described the death of Maulana Sadiq as a “big tragedy”.
“With his demise, the country has lost a great personality and the board has lost one of its main and true servants”, the AIMPLB said.
He was described as “the most secular persons of Lucknow” by Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah, a descendant of the erstwhile royal family of Awadh.
Maulana Yasoob Abbas, general secretary of All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), appreciated his services in the field of education through his trust.
All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat (AIMMM) President Navaid hamid said that the demise of Maulana Kalbe Sadiq “is a loss of entire Muslim community”.
After having received his early education from Sultanul Madaris in Lucknow, he moved to Aligarh Muslim University from where he obtained a BA degree. He also did his post-graduation from the AMU. Later on, he did PhD from the Lucknow University.