Patna: After months of bickering among the various factions of Imarat-e-Sharia, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha, a prominent Socio-Religious Organisation headquartered in Phuwari Sharif in Patna, has elected Maulana Ahmad Wali Faisal Rahmani as its new Ameer in a bitterly fought election. Rahmani defeated his nearest rival Mauling Anisur Rahman Qasmi. Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, acting general secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, and Mufti Nazar Tauheed were also fray. Still, they withdrew their candidature at the last minute, making it a direct contest between Anisur Rahman and Faisal Rahmani.
Faisal is the son of the organization’s former Ameer and well-known religious and political leader Maulana Wali Rahmani, who passed away on 3 April 2021.
Election for the Ameer was held under tight security at the headquarters of Imarat E Sharia on 9 October 21. Maulana Anis Qasmi got 197 votes, while Maulana Faisal Rahmani got 347 votes and was elected for the presidential post.
There was a rift among various factions in connection with the chairmanship. At a meeting held on 30 September, the warring factions had finally agreed to vote for the group’s chief.
Maulana Faisal Rahmani, who won the election, is an alumnus of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University. He worked in the USA between 2001 and 2005.