Maulana Azmi has been one of the vice-presidents of the Academy earlier while late Maulana Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi, ex-senior Mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband, was president of the Academy. The seat fell vacant after Mufti Zafeeruddin died last month in his native place in Darbhanga district of Bihar.
The meeting which was presided over by Maulana Burhanuddin Sambhali, senior vice-president of the Academy, expressed profound grief over the death of Mufti Zafeeruddin and prayed to Allah for his salvation.
The meeting decided to celebrate the Academy’s 20 years of success. It also discussed and approved other programmes and activities for 2011-2012.
The meeting was attended by Maulana Syed Nizamuddin (Ameer Shariat, Imarat Shariah Bihar Orissa Jharkhand, and a patron of the Academy), Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani (General Secretary of the Academy), Maulana Mufti Ashraf Ali Baqvi (vice-president of the Academy and Ameer Shariat Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Ahad Azhari (Shaikhul Hadith of Mahad Millat-Malegaon), Maulana Ateeq Ahmad Bastvi, Maulana Mohammad Ubaidullah Asadi, Maulana Ameen Usmani (all three secretaries of the Academy), Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam (Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies), Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi (Nazim-Imarat Shariah-Bihar Orissa Jharkhand), Maulana Qazi Mohammad Qasim Muzaffarpuri (Qazi Shariat- Bihar) and Mufti Ahmad Deolvi (Gujarat).
The Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) was established in 1989 by late Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi to deliberate on the contemporary issues in the light of Islamic Shariah. Since its inception the Academy is engaged in research, orientation and other academic activities aimed at finding Islamic Shariah guidance on contemporary issues.