Jamia-e-Nazmia: The Oldest Shia Religious Institution in India

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Jamia Nazmia is one of the leading centres of Shia Islamic education in India. It is located in the city of Lucknow. Nazmia was founded on the 8th Jamadi-ul-Awwal, 1308 Hijri (February 2, 1890), making it the oldest Shia religious institution of India. Jamia Nazmia was established by the late and revered scholar Ayatollah Syed Najmul Hasan (also known as Najmul Millat).

The current principal Ameer-ul-Ulama Ayatollah Syed Hamidul Hasan has been working with the institution since 1969, after his return from Najaf where he went for higher Islamic studies.

Maulana Syed Faridul Hasan, son of Ayatollah Hamidul Hasan, is the principal of Nazmia Arabic College – the government funded part of the Madrasa. Ayatollah Hamidul Hasan remains principal of Madara-e-Nazmia.

Teachers at Jamia Nazmia include Maulana Syed Mohammad Shakir Naqvi Amrohvi, Maulana Syed Ibne Haider, Maulana Mehmood Ahmad, Maulana Mohd Mujtaba Husain, Maulana Shahenshah, Maulana Ghafir, Maulana Murtuza Parvi, and Maulana Syed Mohammad Afzaal Naqvi. Mr Taqi Raza (ex prof Mahanagar Boys College) is the President of the Managing Committee of Nazmia.

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