Rezaul Karim (scholar)

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Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim (Bengali: সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করিম; born: 1 February 1971), also known by his title Charmonai Pir,[1] is a Bangladeshi Deobandi Islamic scholar, politician, religious speaker and social reformer who serving as the second leader of Islami Andolan Bangladesh.[2] He is also President of the Bangladesh Mujahid Committee [3] and Bangladesh Quran Education Board, and the Vice President of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh.[4]

Amirul Mujahidin Mufti

Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim
সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করিম
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President of Islami Andolan Bangladesh
Assumed office
Preceded bySyed Fazlul Karim
President of Bangladesh Mujahid Committee
Assumed office
Preceded bySyed Fazlul Karim
Chairman of Char Monai Union
In office
Preceded byAbdus Salam Rari
Succeeded bySyed Ishaq Muhammad Abul Khair
Personal details
Born (1971-02-01) February 1, 1971 (age 50)
Char Monai, East Pakistan
ChildrenSayed Abraul Karim
MotherAlom Taz
FatherSyed Fazlul Karim
RelativesSyed Muhammad Ishaq (grandfather)
Syed Faizul Karim (brother)
Alma mater
Main interest(s)Hadith, Fiqh, Islamic Movement, Politics, Tasawwuf
Notable work(s)
  • Islamic Labor Movement
  • Islamic Youth Movement
  • National Teachers Forum
  • National Council of Ulama Mashayekh Aimma
  • National Bar Council
  • National Freedom Fighters Council
Muslim leader
  • Syed Faizul Karim

Name and lineageEdit

Rezaul Karim was born on 1 February 1971 into a Bengali Muslim family in Char Monai under Barisal district. His father Syed Fazlul Karim and grandfather Syed Muhammad Ishaq were well-known Islamic personalities in Bangladesh. He has 6 brothers and 1 sister. Syed Faizul Karim is his younger brother, an influential Islamic scholar and politician in Bangladesh. His father died in 2006.[5][6]


He started his education from Charmonai Jamia Rashidia Islamia. He passed Kamil (post-graduate) from its Alia branch in 1991. At the same time, he used to attend classes in its Qawmi branch. Then he obtained higher degree in Fiqh and Hadith from Sagardi Islamia Kamil Madrasa, Barisal. He studied at Jamia Islamia Darul Uloom Madania for some time.[7]


After completing his education, he joined Charmonai Jamia Rashidia Islamia as a teacher of its Alia branch. Then he was assistant principals of both the branches (Alia and Qawmi) for long time. Currently, he is the main patron of both branches. He is also the President of the Bangladesh Quran Education Board and Co-President of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh.[7]

He served as the chairman of Char Monai Union for two terms from 2003 to 2011.[8]

After the death of his father on 25 November 2006, he was elected Amir of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and Bangladesh Mujahideen Committee.[2]


He received the tariqa (the path of Sufism) and ijaza directly from his father Syed Fazlul Karim in 1994 . In 2013, Mahmudul Hasan taught him tariqa and gave him the permission for spiritual guidance.[6] In 2016, he also received the tariqa from Habibur Rahman Khairabadi, the chief mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband.


From his student life, he was involved in politics of Islami Shasantantra Chhatra Andolan. Later he served as the Student Welfare Secretary of its Central Committee. He was arrested during the Four-party coalition government led by BNP for his activism in the Islamic movement.[7]


Criticism of Sheikh HasinaEdit

At a conference in June 2019, Sheikh Hasina said about Hijab, "Hand socks, foot socks, nose and eyes covered, absolutely, what is it? Wandering around as living tents; It doesn't make sense." Rezaul Karim called her statement irresponsible and called for her withdrawal.[9]

See moreEdit


  • "Short Biography of Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim". QOWMIPEDIA (in Bengali). 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  • "The Educational Qualification of Charmonai Pir and the Story of a Sindabad: Shams Al Islam". Public Voice (in Bengali). 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2020-10-24.


  1. ^ "Hefazat's Shafi, Chormonai Pir denounce Islamic State activities". Dhaka Tribune. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  2. ^ a b "Islami Andolon Bangladesh: Who are they and what do they stand for?". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  3. ^ "As many sections of Waz Mahfil |". Bangla Tribune (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  4. ^ "Islamic Political Parties : Their Poll Prospects". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  5. ^ Anwari, Mufti Ibrahim. "Biography of Mufti Fazlul Karim". Daily Inqilab (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  6. ^ a b "Short Biography of Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim". QOWMIPEDIA (in Bengali). 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  7. ^ a b c "Short Biography of Mufti Rezaul Karim". Bimonthly Student News. June–July 2012.
  8. ^ "Former Chairman of Char Monai Union". Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  9. ^ "PM's statement on veil shocks countrymen: Charmonai Pir". Jugantor (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-10-24.

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