Allama Nur Hossain Kasemi

Allama Nur Hossain Kasemi (Bengali: নূর হুসাইন কাসেমী) (10 January 1945–13 December 2020) was a Bangladeshi Deobandi Islamic scholar, politician, educator, religious speaker and spiritual figure. He was the Secretary General of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh, Vice-President of Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh, Senior Vice-President of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh and Shaykhul Hadith and Rector of Jamia Madania Baridhara, Dhaka and Jamia Sobhania Mahmud Nagar. He had played a leading role in the Hefazat movement, Khatam an-Nabiyyin movement etc. He was well-known among the Muslim masses as an Islamic leader. He was also involved in running nearly 45 Islamic seminaries.

Allama Nur Hossain Kasemi
Secretary General, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh
In office
15 November 2020 – 13 December 2020
Preceded by Junaid Babunagari
Co-chairman, Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh
In office
3 October 2020 – 13 December 2020
Preceded by Abdul Quddus
Secretary General, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh
In office
7 November 2015 – 13 December 2020
Preceded by Muhammad Wakkas
Succeeded by Monjurul Islam Effendi
Rector, Jamia Madania Baridara, Dhaka
In office
1988 – 13 December 2020
Succeeded by Nazmul Hasan
Personal details
Born 10 January 1945
Chodda, Manoharganj, Comilla District
Died 13 December 2020 (aged 75)
United Hospital, Dhaka
  • Jubair Hossain
  • Jaber Kasemi
Alma mater Darul Uloom Deoband
Religion Islam
Nationality Bangladeshi
Ethnicity Bangali
Era Modern
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Movement Deobandi
Main interest(s) Hadith, Philosophy, Tasawwuf, Politics
Notable work(s)
  • Jamia Madania Baridara, Dhaka
  • Jamia Sobhania Mahmud Nagar
Muslim leader

Name and lineage

Kasemi was born on 10 January 1945 in a Muslim family in the village of Chodda in Manoharganj Thana under Comilla district.


His education started by enrolling in a primary school near to his house. After class 4, he was admitted at Kashipur Kasemul Uloom Madrasa and studied till the Secondary class. Then he was admitted at Al Jamiatul Islamia Darul Ulum madrassa in Buruda. Here, he studied till Jamaat-e Hedaya (Honours 2nd).

Then he went to India to study at Darul Ulum Deoband. He was admitted at Beritazpur madrasa in Saharanpur district after failing to reach the scheduled time. After completing Jamaat-e Jalaline (Honours), he went to Darul Uloom Deoband. He was studying at Deoband for a total of 3 years. Here, after the completion of the Masters in Hadith, he has studied Arabic literature and Philosophy.


Among his teachers are: Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, Anzar Shah Kashmiri, Syed Fakhruddin Ahmad, Muhammad Salim Qasmi and other eminent figures.


His career started with teaching at Muradia madrassa, established by Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi, based in Muzaffarnagar district, India. After a year of teaching here, he returned to motherland in late 1973. Then he filled the positions of Shaykhul Hadith and Principal at Nandansar Mohius Sunnah Madrasa, Shariatpur District. In 1978, he went to Jamia Arabia Imdadul Uloom Faridabad in Dhaka. Here, he has been teaching for 4 years and was the director of Residential Hostel. In 1982, he came to Jamia Shariyyah Malibagh, Dhaka founded by Kazi Mutasim Billah. Here, he taught for six years in total.

In 1988, he founded Jamia Madania Baridhara, Dhaka and Jamia Sobhania Mahmood Nagar in 1998. Since its inception, he was the rector and Shaykhul Hadith of both seminaries. He was also involved in the management of nearly 45 Islamic Seminaries.

On 3 October 2020, he was elected as senior vice president of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh. According to law, he was also the vice president of Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh.

On 15 November 2020, he was elected secretary general of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh and was the president of Hefazat, Dhaka Chapter.

From 1990 to 2000, he was involved in the Khatam an-Nabiyyin movement and served as general secretary.


In 1975, he entered politics with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh. He came to the central leadership of Jamiat in 1990 and on 7 November 2015 he became its secretary general.


He received the tariqa (the path of Sufism) from Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhlawi at Muradia Madrasa in India, and after the death of al-Kandhlawi, Mahmood Hasan Gangohi taught him tariqa and gave him the permission for spiritual guidance. His disciples include Masudul Karim (Gazipur), Bashir Ahmed (Syedpur) and Muhammad Ishaq (Maniknagar).


In his family life, he was the father of two sons: Jubair Hussain and Jaber Qassemi, and two daughters. His younger son Jaber Qassemi is an Islamic scholar and professor at Jamia Mahmoodia Ishaqia, Maniknagar.


He died on 13 December 2020 at United Hospital, Dhaka.

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