About The Founder
Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi aka “Ali Miyan” (1914-1999) was an illustrious member of the family of Rae Bareli which is credited for producing intellectuals and writers for generations. Moulana Ali Miya was a great thinker, writer, educationist, social reformer, and an international traveller. He was very humble, modest, soft-spoken, tolerant, moderate and generous. He stood for mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, human values, establishing a social atmosphere based on tolerance and harmony in India and in the world at large. He earned our country good name for his services that were also internationally recognized. He served as the chairman of the board for the center of Islamic studies of the Oxford university and as a visiting professor in a number of international universities. In 1980, he received the Faisal International Award, followed by the Brunei Award and the UAE Award in 1999. He also received an honorary doctorate from Kashmir University on 29 October 1981.He will always be remembered for his efforts in fostering and promoting love and amity between different communities and sections of the society. He travelled around India to rebuild relations between communities on the terms of common moral values. He established a movement named “Payam-e- Insaniyat” (Message of Humanity) forum and toured along with his friends, comprising of people from different communities, to certain places where communal riots had erupted, to instill confidence among the victims and to bring the aggressors and wrongdoers to the right path.
The present volatile and dangerous situation in the country demands that the message of the late Moulana be reiterated and repeated time and again. The way to peaceful coexistence lies in highlighting the message of humanity. What Moulana said about quarter of a century ago has become more relevant today in the context of rising aggressive behavior of some violent groups and organizations for which innocent people become a soft target of violence and destruction. His concern about the rising corruption in various fields and its remedy too are as fresh as they were in the past.