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Template:Infobox philosopher Allama Syed Irfan Haider Abidi (born 1950 in Mahala Lucman, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan – died in 1997 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan) was a Pakistani scholar, religious leader, public speaker and poet from the Shia sect of Islam. He was a regular speaker on Pakistan Television for several years.
The son of Syed Amir Abbas Abidi from Khairpur, he attended Rahbar Primary School and Naaz High School, Khairpur. He earned an MA from Karachi University. He got his basic and advanced religious studies from Maulana Syed Qaisar Abbas.
He was popular and a famous personality of the Shia sect, particularly on the sub-continent. His lectures were attended in good numbers and he made significant contributions to Shia community. He had a wide knowledge of Islamic themes. Noha Khwaan Nadeem Sarwar considers Abidi a role model and has featured him on many of his albums, including Ali Maula Ali Maula (1998) and Haye Sughra Bata Kia Likhon (2006).
Abidi's quote, "Mola Salamat Rakhay Ya Ali Madad Kehne Walo Ko," has become a trademark for Shia.
On 22 January 1998 Abidi and his wife, Syeda Saeeda Khatoon, were involved in a traffic accident on the Super Highway while travelling from Khairpur. They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Khatoon was pronounced dead. Abidi later died at the Aga Khan Hospital. He was buried at Imambargah Khairul Amal in Ancholi, Karachi.
As Abidi was an aggressive speaker who touched upon many sensitive issues, manyTemplate:Who believe the accident might have been deliberately planned.
His CDs and DVDs remain popular and are easily available.
- Khateeb-e-Shaam-e-Ghareebaan (a collection of debates)
- Shariat Aur Shiat
- Kafir Kaun (banned by the government of Pakistan)
- Tamacha Ba Rukhsar e Munkir e Wilayat e Ali a.s
- Ataat e Rasool Saw
- Fikr e Irfan (a collection of his poetry)