Abdul Latif Chowdhury (25 May 1913 – 16 January 2008), widely known as Saheb Qiblah Fultali, was an Islamic scholar of theology, philosophy and Islamic sciences. He was a gnostic and a spiritual leader to many around the globe.
Abdul Latif Chowdhury (Saheb Qiblah Fultali) was born in the village of Fultali, Zakiganj,Bangladesh.
Fultali was based upon the Jainpuri silsilah and a descendant of the renowned sage Shah Ala Baksh who is the descendant of Shah Kamal a famous companion of al-Qutb Shah Jalal Yemeni. His family is; Abdul Latif Chowdhury son of Abdul Majid Chowdhury son of Shah Muhammad Hiron son of Shah Muhammad Danish son of Shah Muhammad Sadeq son of Shah Muhammad Elahi Baksh son of Shah Muhammad Ala Baksh.
Fultali received his basic education from his own family, he was taught by his cousin, Fatir Ali, while studying at primary school. He was then admitted to Fultali Alia Madrasah, where he studied the sciences of qirat and tajweed. 1336 AH, Fultali enrolled in Rangauti Madrasah and studied there successfully finishing higher secondary education.
1338 AH, he enrolled into Badarpur Senior Madrasah. For higher education he studied Fanunnat at Rampur Alia Madrasah in India and completed various Islamic sciences. He then enrolled into Matlaul Ulum Madrasah to specialise in Hadith. He studied there for a few years and obtained first class, first position in the final Hadith exam in 1355 AH. He also attained degrees in Tafsir and Fiqh.
In 1355 AH, studied and obtained ijazah for Hadith after achieving outstanding results in the faculty of Hadith, he obtained first class honours. He also acquired masters in |Ilm-e-Tafsir and Ilm-e-Fiqh.
By the age of 18, Shaykh Abdul Latif Fultali (Saheb Qiblah Fultali) had ijazah in the 4 main tariqah. Shaykh has many Mureed’s around the globe.
In 1940, Fultali founded the Darul Qirat Majidiah Trust and institutionalized his effort to teach the perfect recitation of the Quran. Alhamdulillah by the permission of Almighty Allah now there are more than a thousand branches of the trust throughout the world engaged in educating people in the field of Tajweed.
From 1946 to 1950, Fultali taught at Badarpur Alia Madrasa. From 1951 to 1956, he taught at Gachbari muhaddisa madrassa, where he was later vice principal and then principal. Shaykh occasionaly taught kamil at Darul Hadis Latifiah
In 1978, Fultali established Madrasah-e-Darul Qirat Majidiah UK, which has since vastly expanded (now known as Darul Hadis Latifiah) in London. He was a founder of numerous organisations related to religion, culture and education and a patron to a number of humanitarian and charitable organisations.
On Thursday 16 January 2008 at 2:10 am, Shaykh Abdul Latif Fultali (Rahima Hulla) returned to his lord. Shaykh passed away in his home town of Sylhet. His janazah (Islamic funeral) took place the day after his death, following Asr Salah led by his eldest son. Reports in Bangladesh estimate that between 2 to 2.5 million people attended his janazah.
A Mahfil (gathering) is held on the anniversary of Shaykh Fultali death every year at Brick Lane Mosque