Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

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Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

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Shabbir Ahmad Usmani (6 October 1886 - 13 December 1949) () was an Islamic scholar who supported the creation of an Islamic system of governance in Pakistan after its creation in 1947. He was a theologian, writer, orator, politician, and expert in tafsir and hadith. He was also a student and khalifa of Shaikhul Hind Mahmud ul Hasan.

Early life

Usmani was born on October 6, 1886 in Bijnor, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Moulana Fadhlur Rahman, was the deputy inspector of schools and had been sent to Bareilly when his son was born. Usmani was educated at Darul 'Ulum Deoband, where he became a disciple of Shaikhul Hind Mahmud ul Hasan, and graduated with distinction in 1908. After his graduation, he was appointed as a mudarris (teacher) at Darul 'Ulum Deoband. In 1915, when Shaikhul Hind journeyed to Hijaz, Usmani filled his position as the teacher of Sahih Muslim. In 1925, Sultan Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia scheduled a conference for prominent 'Ulama from all over the world. A deputation of a number of 'Ulama from India participated in this conference, with Usmani among them. Sultan Abdul Aziz bin Sa'ud was impressed by Usmani's eloquent and scholarly lectures and initiated a number of reforms in his administration. In 1926, he moved to Dabhel and became a teacher at Jami'a Islamiyyah Dabhel. In 1933, when Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri died, Usmani became the teacher of Sahih al-Bukhari.

Literary works

Usmani's greatest literary work is Tafsir-e-'Uthmani. This...
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