Dr. Fazlur Rahman Faridi

Thinker and Islamic Economist

Dr. Fazlur Rahman Faridi (April 2, 1932, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India – July 25, 2011, Aligarh, India) was a famous writer on Islam and contemporary Issues. He was the Member of Central Advisory Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind besides being Member of Zonal Advisory Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Uttar Pradesh.

Fazlur Rahman Faridi completed his Masters in Economics and Ph.D from Aligarh Muslim University. He retired as a Professor in Economics after a long career in research and teaching in India and abroad.

He was the Editor of Zindagi-e-Nau, Monthly and Member Board of different Trusts. He was also the Director, Research and Studies Group of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

Dr. Faridi was born in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh on April 4, 1932. He received his early education in Jaunpur before completing his graduation and post graduation at Allahabad University, followed by doctoral research in Economics from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

He joined AMU as Lecturer in Economics after doing an intensive course of Islamic Studies at Thanvi Darsgah Rampur. Eighteen years thereafter he rendered his services at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for about 10 years. He made his mark in the Islamic Movement as a scholar and thinker,” read the press release of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the prime national Islamic organization he served as its Director, Research and Studies.

Dr. Faridi had a distinguished career as a member of Markazi Majlis-e-Shoora, Central Advisory Council and of U.P Zonal Advisory Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He was also the editor of Zindagi-e-Nau and English magazine Radiance Viewsweekly and served humanity by being on the board of many trusts and organisations. He was also Secretary of Idara-e-Tahqeeq-o-Tasneef, a unique research institution of the country based in Aligarh.

Dr. Faridi wrote many books on Islamic Economy. Books, namely Nature and Significance of Islamic Activity in Islam, Essays in Islamic Economic Analysis, Islamic Economics and Economy of Indian Muslims and Economic Development and Fiscal Policy in Egypt are a few of his great works.

Dr. Faridi, revered as an ideologue, also wrote on the ideology and strategies of Tahreek in India. In addition to his unparalleled Islamic economic research, he has also written scores of articles and booklets on issues like globalization, reform of society, propagation of religion etc. He has to his credit about two dozen books in Urdu and English, mostly on Islamic Economics. His academic works include Sarmayadarana Nizam: Ek Challenge, Daur-e-Hazir ka Karb aur Islam ka Nizam-e-Rahmat, Adl ki Talash, and Islam Aalmi Amn ka Naqeeb. He was undoubtedly a famous writer on Islam and Contemporary Issues.

Dr. Faridi, was also the Chairman of Indian Centre for Islamic Finance- ICIF, New Delhi which has been ceaselessly the torch bearer for the cause of Islamic Finance and Banking in our country. He gave an inspiring example of devotion and discipline towards his causes when he inaugurated the website of the organization viz., www.icif.in, in 2010, despite being in hospital for treatment. It is because of his noble efforts that today, ICIF’s website is popular and visited in over 50 countries of the world.

Along with Dr. M. Nejatullah Siddiqi, his name is from among the front-rankers in India who have provided a solid foundation for academic and research work in Islamic Economics. He is also the chairman of Indian association for Islamic Economics. He has also guided most of the leading and prominent personalities in the field of Islamic economics and finance.

“When RBI constituted a Working Group in 2005 to study the feasibility of Islamic banking instruments, he was the chief convener of an international conference by JIH, entitled- Equity & Justice: Message of Islamic Banking in FICCI Auditorium which provided an impetus to the activities increasing awareness among the masses, madarsas and mainstream media and the regulators, the need for and relevance of Islamic Finance and Banking in our great country,” wrote H Abdur Raqeeb, General Sectary, ICIF, in his obituary.

Fazlur Rahman Faridi was also a descendant of great Sufi preacher Khwaja Farīduddīn Mas'ūd Ganjshakar .