When you think of a Pesh imam, you imagine a person who spends most of his time in mosque and giving religious sermon. You don't expect him to be tech savy. But moulavi A Abdul Azeez Fazil Baqavi is a cut above the rest. A double MA in history and an M.Phil student Baqavi is focused on creating awareness about computer literacy among moulavis.
To his credit he has developed many Islamic Tamil websites besides blogs."I wish to educate imams so that they can use internet to update their knowledge and to have better understanding about the happenings across the globe. One of my first blogs was exclusively for Vellore AlBaqiyathus Salihath Arabic College alumni," he said about libas07.blogspot.com.His vellimedai.blogspot.com was an extension of his religious duties. Its content was aimed at helping imams to give information packed sermons on Jumu'ah (Friday) prayers instead of the stereotype lectures.
To create awareness about the benefits of internet use, Baqavi has already conducted six seminars across the State. He is currently pursuing M.Phil and his thesis is on Modern Arabic specifically on Prophet Yousuf's life. For his thesis he is being guided by Dr P Nisar Ahmed of Arabic, Persian and Urdu department at Madras University. Baqavi plans to take doctorate as well.
His web portals include www.darulquran.net (first Tamil website for Holy Koran), www.rahamath.net (first Tamil Hadis website) besides his azeezbaqavi.blogspot.com.
From a report of M Rafee Ahmed 'Coimbatore Pesh imam turns Internet evangelist'in Express Buzz. More here.
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