Maulana Shahabuddin – Maharashtra’s first Muslim owned Blood Bank founder passes away

Pune: Maulana Syed Shahabuddin Salfi Firdausi – a very popular and eminent name of Maharashtra’s Social and religious circle passed away on Monday at 1 am due to massive heart attack at his Pune residence. He was 63.

He was well-known religious healer, his contribution towards the social and medicine field was equally well. He was the founder and chairman of Athar Blood Bank, Solapur and played very important role in reconstruction of Makkah Masjid – one of central and oldest mosque of Solapur.

Maulana Firdausi was always keen on doing things which would help the whole humanity and not just a community. On the same ground he started the dream project of making a Blood Bank. He selected the most suitable persons from the Solapur city and made a public trust as “Athar Minorities Social and Welfare Association”.

The Athar Blood Bank, Solapur was on Sunday 2nd June 2012 inaugurated by Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde (then Minister of Power (India)). Service to Humanity was the slogan chosen by Maulana as a motto for Athar Blood Bank. This blood bank is claimed to be the first Muslims owned bank of the state.

Maulana Shahabuddin was originally from Babu Saleempur village, Darbhanga District, Bihar. During early 80’s he came to Solapur and started his religious service as an Imam (who leads Prayer) in city based Rahmaniya Masjid. His progressive mind, social attitude and practical approach made him popular. He also constructed a Mosque at Ambedkar Nagar, Solapur on his own. Later he shifted to Pune in 2011 as both his sons started working in Pune.

Maulana has recently written a book on Nikah and Halala in distinguish manner which received many accolades by scholars and masses alike. He also authored a book named “Seerat e Badr-ud-Duja” in his own style on the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Treasurer of the “Athar Blood Bank” Mushtaq Chaudhary commented that it is really huge blow, we have lost not only an Aalim (cleric) but also a real servant of Ummah (Muslim Community).

He said that Maulana struggled for nearly six years to start our blood bank, he utilized all his contacts and collected donations for this noble cause. Chaudhary says Maulana always used to support Mosques, Madrasas, educational institutions and NGOs.

“Alhamdulillah his dream project Blood Bank is on right track as our youths are donating blood frequently. May Allah award best place in heaven to Maulana Shahabuddin”, Chaudhary added further.

Mufti Abdul Hamid Qasmi, Imam and Khateeb Jama Masjid Satara said, “He did not find another person like Hazrat Maulana Firdausi who is equally knowledgeable and broad minded. He used to say much in few words and had excellent command over Urdu and Arabic literature”.

Speaking with this news portal Mumbai based social and Progressive activist Akif Dafedar said that Maulana Shahabuddin has set a unique example before all the Indian Ulemas (Scholars) by starting a blood bank. Dafedar said that being a religious leader, Maulana never restricted himself just around religious works but always believed in team work, brotherhood and humanity.

Maulana Firdausi, who is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters, was buried at Kondhwa Gaothan Muslim cemetery with a large number of his followers and admirers from Solapur, Mumbai, Konkan, Satara etc. in attendance. All the children are married and settled. His eldest son Ubaid Salfi is working in the IT sector and running news portal named since a year.