Ahmad, Muhammad Reazuddin

Ahmad, Muhammad Reazuddin (1861-1933) journalist, writer. He was born at Kaunia on the outskirts of barisal town. Reazuddin lost his father at the age of 8 and was brought up in ak fazlul huq's paternal home. He studied at Barisal Banga Vidyalay and Bajapti Circle School. Apart from Bangla, he also knew Arabic and Persian. He taught at a primary school in Rupsa, where he added a library. It was here that he read different weekly and daily papers such as Education Gazette, Hughli Dainik, Bangabasi, Sanjibani, dhaka prakash, and developed an interest in journalism. Reazuddin worked as postmaster at the local post office for some time and also ran a stationery shop at Rupsa Bazar.

In 1883, Muhammad Reazuddin Ahmad went to Kolkata and joined Mussalman as editor. He then moved to Dhaka where he joined Shrimanta Saodagar as assistant editor. In the 1880s some Muslims belonging to 24-Parganas, Jessore, Khulna and Dhaka converted to christianity and Brahmoism. To prevent further conversions, Reazuddin, along with sheikh abdur rahim, reazuddin ahmad mashadi and mearajuddin ahmad, whom he had got to know in Kolkata, published Islamtattva (1888 & 1889), detailing the principles of islam. At this time he also published the monthly islam pracharak. He later edited three other journals: soltan, nabajug and Rayatbandhu.

Reazuddin's writings are inspired by Islamic ideals and the desire to elevate the conditions of Bangali Muslims. Some of his well-known books are Bodhodaytattva (1879), Padyaprasun (1880), Tohfatul Moslemin (1885), Brhat Mohammadia Panjika (1895), Upadesh Ratnavali (1896), Jange Russ O Unan (1897), Greece-Turashko Yuddha (2 vol, 1899 and 1908), Bilati Mussalman (1900), Botale Ma Sureshvari (1900), Jobeda Khatuner Roznamcha (1907), Haq Nasihat (1927) and Pak-Panjatan (1929). [Khondkar Sirajul Haque]