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Najibali Choudhury

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Najibali Choudhury was born in the 19th century in Bagbari, Karimganj, Assam, India. He was an Indian Islamic scholar and teacher known for founding the Madinatul Uloom Bagbari, the first madrasa in the South Assam Greater Sylhet region.

Choudhury became a disciple of Imdadullah Muhajir Makki, a Sufi scholar of the Chishti Order, and reportedly fought alongside Makki in an uprising against the British in Shamli, as part of the greater Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following the failure of the revolt, both men left the Indian subcontinent and migrated to Mecca. Choudhury returned to his native village in 1873 and established a madrasa in his own home, which he named “Madinatul Uloom Bagbari Najibia Alia Madrasa” after himself. It was later shortened to Madinatul Uloom Bagbari.

Choudhury gained considerable renown, with tales of him possessing spiritual powers. After his death, his grave became a shrine or Mazar, located in what is now Rauthgram, Karimganj district.