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Obituaries

Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-97)

by Saleem Kiyani

The eminent Islamic scholar, Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi, 93, who died in Lahore, Pakistan, on 15 December 1997, will long be remembered for his lasting contribution to Qur’anic studies, especially for his approach based and evolved around the concept of order and coherence in the contents of the divine book. Historically, the idea of coherence in the Qur’an has always been present in the writings of various scholars, both old and new, but in modern times, it was Farahi, the renowned scholar and teacher of Islahi, who first made it the focus of his scholarly research, and wrote systematically on this subject.

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Footprints on the Sands of Time

by Dr Shehzad Saleem

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time

…An unusual day in the year 1863; the place a remote village of India…
…The tide of time seemed to stop; the wheel of fortune
appeared to pause; the elements of nature looked to be motionless

—everything over-awed in anticipation of the birth of … of a prodigious soul which was destined to redirect the Muslim religious thought from the path it had
deviated.

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Amin Ahsan Islahi: A Brilliant Islamic Scholar

by Khurshid Ahmad Nadeem

Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi was born in 1904 in Bamhor, a village in district Azamgarh, U.P., India. After receiving early education at home, he joined Madrasat al-Islah at Sara’i Mir, a town in U.P., and remained a student there from 1922 to 1925. Islahi worked in Madinah, an influential Muslim newspaper appearing from Bijnor. In 1925, he joined Madrasat al-Islah as a teacher and continued to work in that capacity till 1943. During his stay there, he developed a close association with Hamid Uddin Farahi, a very profound and distinguished scholar of Islam, especially in the field of Qur’anic studies. During the period from 1925 to 1930, Islahi learned Tafsir and a number of other subjects from Farahi. After Farahi’s death in 1930, Islahi studied Hadith for several years under Mawlana Abdul Rehman Mubarakpuri, one of the most accomplished scholars of that subject in the sub-continent. In 1935, Islahi also established Da’ira Hamidyyah in order to publish the work of Farahi, and also started publishing a scholarly monthly magazine, al-Islah. In 1941, he joined Jama‘at-i Islami, a religio-political organization. He remained with the Jama‘at for seventeen years; in fact, as one of its prominent leaders, but resigned in 1958 after developing differences with the Amir of the Jama‘at, Mawlana Mawdudi. Following this, in 1959, he initiated a monthly magazine called, Mithaq. In 1981, he went on to establish Idarah-i Tadabbur-i Qur’an o Hadith. Under the auspices of this institution, his instructional lessons of the Qur’an and Hadith continued till 1993. Thereafter, his health condition began to deteriorate and eventually, on December 15, 1997, at the age of 93, he breathed his last.

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