Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani Sahib, the current Sajjada Nashin of Khanquah Rahmani Munger since 1991 has led and directed many organizations and movements during his long service spanning more than four decades. Since 1972, he has played a vital role in the movement of All India Muslim Personal law Board and currently serves as its General Secretary. He also serves as the vice President of All India Muslim Mujlis-e-Mushawarat, the apex body of Muslim organizations in India for the last three decades. He is the current Ameer-e-shariat of Bihar, Orissa and Jharkand states and is the founder and chairman of Rahmani Foundation - the parent organization of the now famous Rahmani30 that is an inspiration for achievement among the educationally backward communities.
He has actively been contributing as the Vice President of Maulana Azad Education Foundation, Member of Central Waqf Council Government of India, Member of Aligarh Muslim University Court, Member of the Standing Committee on Minority Education Government of India, member of the Monitoring Committee Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, among various other distinguished positions.
He has always been very closely related to the academia and social services. Recognizing his efforts, he was nominated to the Bihar Legislative Council in 1974 where he served as prominent legislator for more than twenty years and also chaired the Legislative council twice. He published “Eisar” the most circulated Urdu daily of its time in Bihar while he explored his journalistic talents at the Naqueeb Weekly. He also served as the teacher of Islamic law, Hadith literature and Arabic studies at the Jamia Rahmani where he later served as the Secretary of Education and is now serving as President since 1991.
He has since his legislator days championed for inclusion of Muslims, the second largest majority in India, into the mainstream to help strengthen and grow India as a strong nation - a fact which years later was concluded by the Sachar Committee Report. And among other aspects of empowerment, he has also been an ardent advocate and a tireless worker for appropriate and effective laws for the protection of waqf properties, and in 1976 he brought in 19 amendments in state Waquf Act to achieve this goal and still works tirelessly to this end. As member Urdu Advisory Committee, Bihar he played a pivotal role in the adoption of Urdu as the State’s second Language. The concern for nature, health and financial responsibilities is reflected in his yet another movement “greener-healthier-wealthier graveyard,” where he urged Muslims to boundary their graveyards with shesham/sagvan trees, which would result in demarcation of boundaries resulting in less chance of it being illegally occupied, thus preventing communal unrest, building wealth over time in terms of expensive wood that is the output of these trees which will make the graveyards self sustaining and the profits accrued could be used for appropriate causes.
Education has always been his passion. He devotes major time in the identification of issues plaguing the educational arena and proposing solutions to these issues as well as taking a holistic view of the education and its progress especially as it pertains to the Muslims. He served as the Chairman of the Madrasa Modernization Committee of the Government of India, and his work has been a catalyst for changes in the Madaris. He is the President of Jamia Rahmani and his vision is clearly manifested in the changes, workings and the educational methodologies of this Madrasa. Change here, is apparent not only in the education style and methodology but also by the ongoing very lively academic debates about the efficacy of the technology, adoption of modern knowledge delivery mechanisms, importance of computer education etc. Virtual classes, animated lessons, video recorded materials, smart and internet enabled classrooms are adding to the efficacy of learning. Jamia Rahmani is witnessing a growth spurt with new classroom buildings, computer labs, internet enabled devices at the hands of students, remote instructions from faculty around the globe etc.
As the president of Rahmani Foundation he has partnered with several organizations including the Govt. of India, NCPUL and others and has worked through common causes to ignite hopes & build homes. Under his leadership, 202 Rahmani Maktab and female education centers were established. The building for the new B.Ed. College is being constructed and the plans are in progress to start regular education here this year. He successfully procured 285 acres of land to establish educational institutions at the most educationally backward block in the country with a dream to begin the education reform movement from the place that needs it most and could be an example of excellence and inspiration similar to Rahmani30. He has been working tirelessly to work with the government to establish centers on the pattern of Rahmani30 for kids with little or no means of education.
He also takes great interest in public health and with limited means Rahmani Foundation is able to conduct over 3000 eye surgeries every year regardless of religion, caste, color or sex. Besides these surgery camps, regular free clinics, vaccination drives and city cleaning services are provided on a regular basis.
Hazrat Sahib’s life can be summarized as a constant struggle for upliftment of minorities and backward communities. In the last 20 years he has championed minority rights vigorously and given us several successful movements such as the Protection of Citizenship, Protection of the Sharia, movement against defamation of the Madaris, and the reformation of the communities. Due to his services he has been acknowledged internationally and has been a recipient of several awards including an honorary Doctorate Degree from Colombo University, Rajiv Gandhi award for excellence, Shiksha Ratan, Sir Syed Award from ISNA (US) among others.
He has authored more than 11 books and booklets and in excess of three hundred published essays, ranging from spirituality to assessment of High Court verdict and against female infanticide.
- Sajjada Nasheen, Khanqah Rahmani, Munger, Bihar.
- Ameer-e-Shariat, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand
- Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, New Delhi.
- Vice President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, New Delhi.
- President, Jamia Rahmani, Munger.
- President, Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Munger.
- Chairman, Islamic Investment and Finance Board, Bombay.
- National Convener, Reforms Committee, New Delhi.
- Member, Aligarh Muslim University Court.
- Member, Executive Committee, Darul-ul-Uloom, Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow.
- Trustee, Imarat-e-Shariah Educational & Welfare Trust.
- Trustee, Al Mahd-ul-Aali-Islami, Phulwari Sharif, Patna.
- Chairman, Shri Krishna Seva Sadan, Munger.
- Trustee Federation For Civil Liberties, New Delhi.
- Member Standing Committee for Minority Education, Government of India.
- Member Monitoring Committee for minority education, MHRD Government of India.
- Member Central Waqf Council, Government of India, New Delhi.
- Member for five university setup planning committee. Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
- Chairman, committee on Modernization of Madrasa Education, Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
- Founder & Chairman, Rahmani Foundation.
- Founder & Chairman, Rahmani30.
- Deputy Chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council in 1984 and 1990.
- Member of Bihar Legislative Council from 1974 – 1996.
- Chairman, Urdu Advisory Committee Government of Bihar.
- Member, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, New Delhi.
- Member, Haj Goodwill Mission, 1989.
- Served as member of the Senate and the Syndicate, for several universities.
- Launched Eisar newspaper, the largest Urdu circulating newspaper.
- Delivered lectures in numerous Universities.
- Secretary of Education, Jamia Rahmani, Munger.
- Faculty, Jamia Rahmani, Munger.
- Vice Chairman, Maulana Azad Educational Foundation, New Delhi.
- Visited 39 Countries and hundreds of cities, towns and villages preaching education and reform.