Lecturer of Sindhi (1958-1959)
Prof. Dr. Madad Ali
Qadri - 2011
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Dr. Madad Ali Qadri joined Govt. Cadet
College Mirpurkhas (later known as Cadet College Petaro) in 1958 as
Assistant Master in Sindhi, and
left in 1959.
He was born on 20
August 1933 at
Garhi Qadri (near Garhi Khuda Bakhsh) in Dist. Larkana, and got married to Mrs.
Zubaida. They have 6 children - Shahab Ahmad, Waqar
Ahmad, Dr. Jawad Ahmad, Fouad Ahmad, Dr. Sadaf Fatima
and Muniza Fatima. His father was
Mahmood Ali alias Morio Khan Qadri.
Madad Ali Qadri is an eminent scholar of Arabic and is
highly respected in scholarly circles in Sindh.
He started his early
education at Local Board High School in Nawabshah. After
completing 4th standard, he moved to Larkana and joined
the Govt. High School there. He completed his
matriculation from there in 1952, attaining 3rd position
in entire Sindh province.
He then pursued
further education from home and sat privately for his
B.A. Hons degree privately from Sindh University in
1957, and M.A. (Arabic) degree in 1959. He was awarded
the Silver Medal for his performance in B.A.Hons, and a
Gold Medal and the Chancellor's Medal for standing first
with first division marks in M.A.
Madad Ali Qadri Sb is
an expert in Arabic and Sindhi language. While he was
still studying privately for his M.A., he took up his
first job Cadet College Mirpurkhas (later to be known as
Cadet College Petaro) from 1958-1959. He was appointed
as Assistant Master to teach Sindhi and Arabic.
With a superb
performance in his M.A. exams, he moved to Govt College
Larkana as a lecturer from 1959-1960, and then joined
Sindh University as Lecturer of Arabic in 1960. The rest
of his professional career was at Sindh University.
In 1962, he qualified
for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and
proceeded to the UK on full scholarship to pursue his
Ph.D. degree. He joined the School of Oriental and
African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and
completed his Ph.D. in 1964. His supervisors were the
famous Prof. R.B.Sergeant and Prof. Walid Arafat.
Upon return to
Pakistan, he resumed his job at Sindh University as
Assistant Professor of Arabic and became Associate
Professor in 1970. In 1975, he was promoted to the
position of Professor and appointed Director and Head of
Department of Arabic and Islamic Culture.
1988, he reached the pinnacle of his career and was made
the Dean Faculty of Arts. He remained in this
position until 1993 when he retired. However, after his
retirement, he was given the honorary position of
Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Languages, Sindh
University on contract basis.
He is regarded very highly in the academic circles.
the author of 2 books that have been published as
Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahhab (in Sindhi), Ministry of
Awqaf, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2001
awr Sindhi zaban kay lughawi rawabit (in Sindhi), Sindhi
Language Authority, Hyderabad, 2007
recently completed writing his third book which is about
the life and poetry of Hz. Hassan Bin Thabit in Sindhi.
This book is expected to be published soon.
authored over 30 scholarly articles that have been
published in various journals. He has written on Shah
Abdul Latif, Sachal Sarmast, influence of Sindhi
language on Arabic, Arab nationalism and several other
subjects. He has delivered lectures at international and
local conferences. He has lectured at the Muslim
Institute in London, UK in 1985 and at the Tripoli
conference in 1990.
Madad Ali Qadri belongs to the Barelwi maslak.