9 March 2024 Maulana Adam of Leicester [1937 – 2024]

Tom Mack in Leicester Mercury, ” A Leicester park was filled with men and boys in silent prayer this morning as they grieved for an Imam who has served Muslims in the city for nearly 50 years. Hazrat Shaykh Maulana Muhammad Adam Saheb, known as Shaykh Adam, passed away yesterday at the age of 86, and is being buried today. To allow the Muslims of Leicester and beyond to mourn him, a special prayer event was rapidly organised to take place in Spinney Hill Park today, beginning at 9.30am. It was well attended, with thousands filling the east edge of the park. [. . .] Suleman Nagdi, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations, said this afternoon: “I would like to thank our local authority, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Police and all agencies that helped facilitate the large funeral today of Maulana Adam, we deeply appreciate their support, compassion, and understanding during this difficult time..” click here

Maulana Adam ibn Yusuf Lunat was born in Manekpore, Gujrat in 1937. His early education was at the Jame’ah Islamia, Dabhel, followed by seminary studies at the Darul Uloom, Deoband. He then served as an ‘alim and teacher at the Jame’ah in Dabhel for 5 years, and later in Malawi for 7 years. He settled in Leicester in November 1975, Among the institutions he established in the city include the Jame’ Mosque in 1977, the Muslim Girls High School (Leicester Islamic Academy), 1981 and the Jame’ah Uloom ul Qur’an for training Islamic scholars, where he taught the science of hadith. He also founded the khanqah Muhammad Zakariya.