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A commemorative postage stamp on the Death Centenary of Maulana Md. Qasim, founder of  Darul Uloom Deoband, a Islamic university in India and birthplace of Sunni Deobandi Islamic movement :

Founder : Maulana Muhammad Qasim NanotawiIssued by India

Issued on Mar 21, 1980

Issued for : Maulana Muhammad Qasim died at the early age of 48 in 1880, almost a hundred years ago. The Indian P&T Department is privileged to issue a special stamp to commemorate Darul-Uloom, the institution that is his everlasting memorial.

Description of Designs : The stamp depicts a view of the main building of Darul-Uloom, Deoband which houses DarulTafseer and DarulHadis.

The first day cover, designed by the India Security Press, shows a view of the building of Darul-Ifta, one of the departments of Darul-Uloom, Deoband.

Designed by : India Security Press, based on a Photograph by Shri Charanjit Lal.

Type : Stamp, Mint condition

Colour : Olive Green

Denomination : 30 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Watermark : Printed on watermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 30,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • The 1857 War of Independence was fought with unique revolutionary fervour and sense of national identity. One of its many remarkable features was the participation of a large number of Muslim divines and thinkers who not only issued edicts in favour of the war against the British, but also often fought as combat soldiers in the nationalist army. Among those who took part in the battle of Shamli in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh was the great sufi and saint, Shah Imdadullah Muhajir Makki; one of his companions in arms was a 25 years old scholar Muhammad Qasim, of Nanauta in Saharanpur District of Uttar Pradesh later to become famous all over the Islamic world as the founder and the guiding spirit of the Darul-Uloom at Deoband (Distt. Saharanpur).
  • Founded in 1866, with the inspiration of Shah Imdadullah Muhajir Makki, Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and other great muslims of the time, the Darul-Uloom began to attract students and scholars from far and wide even during the brief life span of Maulana Muhammad Qasim. The institution kept up its tradition of unflinching devotion to the laws and learning of Islam in their pristine purity, strong nationalist bias and total independence of Government aid. It became, in the words of the late President Rajendra Prasad, a stronghold of freedom. During its 114 years of existence, it has not accepted any grant or aid from any Government body and yet has been able to educate to the highest level more than 15,000 scholars in Islamic laws, theology, philosophy and medicine. Students have come to it from as far as the USSR, China, Africa, and even Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen. At present its enrolment exceeds 1,800; the number of resident teachers and men of learning is almost 400; its budget for the year 1978 was about Rs. 29 lakhs.
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