Maulana Syed Abul Qasim Rizvi is the Resident Alim at Parachinar Imambargah, Melbourne since February 2019.
He was born in Mumbai, India in a respected family that has history of ulemas and finished secondary education followed by four years, 1985-1989, extensive studies at Jamea Amirul Momineen (A.S) (it was Hauza of grand Marja Aayatullah Ul Udhma Syed Abul Qasim Khoi).
Maulana travelled to Iran in 1989 for higher studies where he graduated from prestigious Madrasa e Hujjatiya (at Hauza e ilmiya of Qum. At the end of studies, he was honoured to receive Amama from Grand Marja Aayatullah ul uzma agaye Syed Mohammed Raza Golpaygani in 1990. During this period, he was blessed to learn and have lessons from expert teachers like Aayatullah Etemadi, Aayatullah Malboobi, Aayatullah Nasir Makarim Shirazi, Aayatullah Jafar Subhani, Aayatullah Hashim Hussaini and Aayatullah Khusrooshahi. He spent enough time to immerse himself further in the sea of Islamic knowledge and learn as much as possible so that people around the world could benefit from his experience, insight and knowledge. He returned from Iran in 1996.
After completing studies from Qum, he served as a resident alim in Kampala, Uganda from 1996-2005. Following, he was invited in 2006 to serve as resident alim at Panjtan society of Victoria (Melbourne) in Australia where he actively and honestly performed his duties till 2016. After serving community at one place, he agreed to serve in other parts within Australia and took charge of resident alim in the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland (Brisbane), Australia from Feb. 2017 – Feb. 2019. Throughout the time he has been in Australia, time and again he left no stone unturned to enormously increase brotherhood and mutual growth by interacting with leaders and scholars from other communities including Christians, participating and being the guest of honour in their functions and bringing together the positive change of humanity. Moreover, with good command in various languages including Arabic, Persian, English, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Gujrati, Maulana Abul Qasim has travelled to various parts of the world to recite Majalis, including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Middle East, Hong Kong and New Zealand to disseminate the message of true faith and humanity.