Padma Bhushan Awardee from Government of India, Third Highest award in India.
Abdul Karim Parekh (1928–2007), Halai Memon popularly known as Maulana, was an Indian social worker and scholar, known for his translation of Quran Into Urdu Language and his discourses on the Islamic religious text. Born on 15 April 1928 at Kanseoni village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra to Abdul Latif and Hanifa as the third of the 13 children born to them, his schooling was only up to primary classes after which he worked as a labour to earn a living.
He was known to have been self-taught and translated the Quran Into Urdu Language which reportedly had 40 re-prints. He was the founder treasurer of the ALL INDIA MUSLIM PERSONAL LAW BOARD (AIMPLB) and is a recipient of the Pride of India honour from American Federation of Muslims from India (AFMI). The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honor of the PADMA BHUSHAN, in 2001, for his contributions to society. Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh died on 11 September 2007, at the age of 79, survived by four sons and five daughters; his wife had predeceased him.
Since than Parekh family have been engaged in various social activities in and around Nagpur Maharashtra.
Late Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh is a shining star which will always shine in the skies of Memon Community. He is the only Indian Memon to have received “Padma Bhushan” third highest civilian award by government of India.
Stories of Memons thank the PAREKH FAMILY for their dedicated & selfless services to the society & Indian Memon Community.
KYC (Know Your Community) Organizations, this is a series of stories on various Memon organization/ Individuals established in India for the welfare & upliftment of Memon community.