Alhaj Ghulam Qadir Ganipuri
Ghulam Qadir Ganipuri
حاجی صاحب بھٹیاس
|Title||Sheikh-i-Tareeqat and Ganipuri|
Ghulam Qadir Bhat
22 July 1937
Akhyarpur, Bhalessa, Jammu and Kashmir (princely state)
|Died||24 July 2015 (aged 78)|
Akhyarpur, Bhalessa, Jammu and Kashmir (state)
|Alma mater||Aligarh Muslim University|
|Founder of||Jamia Guni tul Uloom Akhyarpur Bhatyas|
|Disciple of||Hazrat Abdul Gani Sadiqui|
Alhaj Ghulam Qadir Ganipuri (22 July 1937 — 24 July 2015) was a Muslim scholar and spiritual leader. He was the founder of Madrasa Jamia Guni tul Uloom Akhyarpur (Bhatyas) in the Bhalessa, Doda district. The Madrasa was established in 1983 and named after Abdul Gani Sadiqui. Every year, seminars and literary programs are organized in his memory. During the 2014 Kashmir floods, he extended his help along with other NGOs of the Chenab valley for flood-ravaged houses and families.
Early life and education
Ganipuri was born on July 22,1937 in Akhyarpur village of Bhatyas (Bhalessa). He graduated from Khilotran High School in 1954.
Being a disciple of Alhaj Abdul Gani Sadiqui, Ganipuri worked in different government schools as a teacher and administrator. He had a tradition of donating his salary during holidays to charity.
After completing high school in 1954, he began teaching at Thanamandi Rajouri in 1956, soon thereafter resigning for personal reasons. In 1957, he began teaching in Ramnagar Udhampur. He completed his Teacher Training Course from Bhaderwah and his higher school and Alim Fazil from Aligarh Muslim University.
Ganipuri used to sit on a mattress in his room where a huge number of supplicants visited him one by one.
Followers considered him a Hakeem and a Murshid. Muslims and Hindus from the locality and also from Poonch, Kathua, and other places would meet him and tell him about their troubles. He advised them on a solution for their woes. He was a Sufi and respected among locals.
Ganipuri wrote thirty-five books, mostly in the Urdu language. These books include his experience at his Haj Pilgrimage. He also acted as editor and publisher of the Annual Magazine Jamia Guni tul Uloom Akhyarpur.
The school has various Hindu as well as Muslim students and teachers. Most of the students are poor and receive free education and board.
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