Engineer Nazir Ahmad Pampori–As I Know Him

Engineer Nazir Ahmad Pampori–As I Know Him

Years ago, Molana Mushtaq Ahmad Khan Sahab gifted me a book, ‘Moie Muqaddas Ki Azmat’ – ‘The grandeur of Prophet’s (Pbuh) sacred hair’, to read. The language, presentation, the art of explaining intricate things lucidly, and frequent mention of Quranic verses and Ahadith to authenticate every point, impressed me profoundly. I became eager to know more about its writer – Molana Engineer Nazir Ahmad Pampori Sahab.
On the next meeting with Molana Mushtaq Ahmad Khan Sahab, I managed to ask him about Er Nazir Sahib. As I uttered Nazir Sahb’s name, Molana was all praises for him. A few years later, when Molana Mushtaq Sahb fell ill, I had the privilege to meet Er Nazir Sahib at the former’s home. However, the meeting was confined just to greetings. Months after that, on instructions of Molana Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, a seminar ‘Niyamat’e Uzma (Pbuh) Conference’ was organised in Kulgam and Er Nazir Sahib graced the event with his presence as a guest speaker. That time I not only listened to his pithy, intellectual, philosophical, and love-filled speech but also got the opportunity to travel in his van from Kulgam to Khanbal. Being an ordinary person, I did not dare to talk to him directly. In fact, a scholar Molana Shabir Ahmad Wani Sahib, whom I was accompanying, talked to him on various religious issues and the conversation between the two was enough for me to understand the greatness of Pampore’s great personality.
His matchless simplicity, overall personality, eloquence, and knowledge left me awestruck. I found him congenial. He openly shared his thoughts and even some personal information. He apprised us about his efforts towards the promotion of Ahle-Sunnat. That was the day when I learned about the author whose writing had fascinated me and, luckily, became familiar with many of his other remarkable attributes.
Nazir Ahmad Mir was born in a well-off family in Pampore of district Pulwama on 26 March 1962. He had his schooling at Government High School Pampore. After graduating from SP College Srinagar, he obtained an engineering degree from Polytechnic College Srinagar. In 1989, he joined the irrigation and flood control department as Junior Engineer, but his repute was the turnout of his enormous contribution to the religion of Islam. His association with scholars like Allama Syed Muhammad Ashraf Andrabi Sahab and his deep interest in religious affairs did not allow him to serve as an officer only but led him to read, research, write, and deliver Islamic lectures. Thus, Er Nazir Sahib earned a reputation as Molana Er Mir Nazir Ahmad Pampori. Gradually, Er Nazir Sahib rose to prominence and attained the status of the bright star of Ahle-Sunnat who illuminated thousands of hearts and minds through his articulate and purposeful writings. He had a unique ability to present complex concepts in a graspable way with both tongue and pen. Writing and speaking in the light of the Quran, Hadith, and other authentic sources made him influential. That is why, even without having any degree in Islamic Sciences, he was considered as a credible scholar and was well-regarded by people of almost every sect, and consequently, he was quite successful in motivating and attracting an audience, particularly youth.
He was moderate in his approach and always strived to unite Muslims. Unlike other preachers, he would not believe in needless criticism but always focused on his mission, which was to teach and inspire the people to understand the universal message of Islam and live life accordingly. This aura existed/exists in his preaching and writings as well.
Despite being an officer and a great scholar, he was down to earth. Most of the time, he would dress plainly, in contrast to other religious orators. He would mostly appear on pulpits in traditional attire – ordinary skullcap, shalwar-kameez, and rarely with a waistcoat. His simplistic dress sense will also be remembered for long, beside his scholarship. His mode of expression was so simple that the people, both literate and illiterate, would understand him equally.
He was founding member and key leader of Shah-i-Hamdan (R.a) Memorial Trust – established by Allama Syed Muhammad Ashraf Andrabi (R.a) and until his last played a significant part in its maintenance and functioning. It is said that once the Trust faced financial crisis and feeding the students became challenging, but Er Nazir Sahb arranged money from his own pocket.
He used to treat all other seminaries and Sunni organisations like his own and enthusiastically supported them. Pakistan-based religious organization Dawat Islami succeeded in spreading its roots in Kashmir owing to the abetment of great men like him. He along with other leaders of Shah-i-Hamdan Trust was also involved in popularising Shaykhul Islam Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s literature and in launching of Minhaj-ul-Quran in Kashmir. He was selfless and not self-centered. Connecting people with the soul of the Islamic faith, i.e, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), was his primary objective and it hardly mattered to him which organisation or seminary would serve as an agency to ensure it. He contributed to exploring all possibilities to achieve this goal rather than calling his institution as the only medium, as is done by other existing clerics.
Er Nazir Sahb wrote about 70 books on various subjects. Most of them have been published. And ‘Tareekh’e Parganah’ (historical account of Pampore), running into a thousand pages, deserves to be called his magnum opus. He was a poet as well but employed his skill mainly to glorify Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and other religious dignitaries. He has to his credit several Naats, which were well-received by the public and are recited everywhere in the valley.
On 18 February 2022, we lost him and truly suffered a great loss. May Allah shower blessings upon his grave ceaselessly. Aameen.

The writer hails from Seer Hamdan and is a student and tutor. [email protected] He tweets @zeeshan_rk.

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