Abul Farah Muhammad
Abdul Haque Faridi
আবুল ফারাহ মুহাম্মদ আবদুল হক ফরিদী
|Died||February 5, 1996 (aged 92)|
|Alma mater||Dhaka University, University of Leeds, University of Illinois|
|Occupation||Lecturer, educationist, author|
|Known for||Islami Bishwakosh|
|Madrasa Shikkha: Bangladesh (1976)|
|Awards||Bangla Academy Fellowship|
Abul Faraḥ Muḥammad ʿAbdul Ḥaque Farīdī (25 May 1903 – 5 February 1996) was a Bangladeshi educator and author. In recognition of his contributions in the field of linguistics, he was awarded a Bangla Academy Fellowship. Faridi was the founder of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh's Islami Bishwakosh (Islamic encyclopedia) project and also worked closely with Bangladesh Scouts.
Early life and education
Abdul Haque Faridi was born on 25 May 1903 in Paikpara, Naria, which was a part of the Faridpur district at the time (now in Shariatpur District). After receiving his primary education from a rural maktab, he passed the High Scheme entrance from the Reformed Scheme (also known as the New Scheme Madrasa system) in 1923 and subsequently the Islamic intermediate in 1925. In both examinations, Faridi was one of the highest-scoring students in Bengal. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1928 from the Islamic Studies Department of the University of Dhaka and a master's degree in 1929. In 1933, he was awarded a first-class Master of Arts degree in Persian literature while still in the government workplace. He later earned a Diploma in Education from the University of Leeds in Billets[clarification needed] and an Advanced Certificate in Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America.
Faridi started his career as a lecturer at the Chittagong College and later promoted to Educational Service, he served as the Assistant School Inspector of Muslim Education in Burdwan. He was also the first president of the Anjuman Mufidul Islam from 1947 to 1949. He then retired as Director of Public Education in East Pakistan in 1966. After his retirement, Faridi served as Honorary Treasurer of Dhaka University for 6 years and also its acting vice-chancellor for some time.
Working closely with Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, Faridi translated many books. In 1976, he wrote a book on madrasa education titled Madrasa Shikkha: Bangladesh. Faridi was appointed Director General of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh in October 1977 for two years. Faridi became the leading founder of the foundation's Islami Bishwakosh project, a 25-volume Islamic encyclopedia which would also have a concise version. As president of the encyclopedia's editorial board, 18 volumes were completed during Faridi's lifetime.
Death and legacy
- "বাংলা একাডেমি প্রদত্ত অন্যান্য পুরস্কার ও সম্মানসূচক ফেলোশিপপ্রাপ্ত বিশিষ্টজনের তালিকা" [List of other awardees and honorary fellowships awarded by the Bangla Academy]. Bangla Academy. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- AKM Nurul Alam (2012). "Faridi, Abdul Haque". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- Muhammad Ramjul Huq (2012). "Bangladesh Scouts". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- The Islamic Quarterly. Islamic Cultural Centre. 47 (1–3): 132. 2003. Missing or empty
- Sirajul Islam, ed. (2003). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. 1. p. 217.
- "ইসলামিক ফাউন্ডেশন-মহাপরিচালকবৃন্দ". Islamic Foundation Bangladesh. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
- "জেলার ঐতিহ্য". Shariatpur District (in Bengali).