Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi

Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi

He was born on 24 November 1914 into a scholastic family. He received his early education at his home in Takia, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India. His mother initiated his early training in Quranic studies; he later entered formal education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu.

His father, Hakim Syed Abdul Hai, wrote an 8-volumes Arabic encyclopaedia called Nuzhat al Khawatir (biographical notices of more than 5,000 theologian and jurists of the Sub-continent).

Nadwi received most of his advanced education at the Dar-al-Ulum of the Nadwat-al-Ulama in Lucknow.

Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi primarily wrote in Arabic, although also in Urdu, and wrote more than fifty books on history, theology, and biography, and thousands of seminar papers, articles, and recorded speeches.[4][9] Most of his books in simple arabic come to fame by being taught in Al Azhar University.Books like 'Qisas ul nabieen'(Incidents of Prophets) and 'Al Qirat ur Rashida'(Best Literature) is being taught in most of the Islamic University. He also wrote a book " Sohbat-e- BaAhle Dil" based on Great Spiritual and Renowned Islamic Personality on Bhopal famously known as Peer Nanhe Mian Sahab".

His 1950 book Maza Khasiral Alam be Inhitat al-Muslimeen (lit. What did the world lose with the decline of Muslims?), translated into English as Islam and the World, was largely responsible for popularizing the concept of "modern Jahiliyya", coined by his teacher Abul Ala Maududi. Expounding Mawdudi's views, Nadwi argued that Muslims were to be held accountable for their predicament, because they came to rely on alien, un-Islamic institutions borrowed from the West.[10] The Islamist author Syed Qutb commended Nadwi's writings for his use of the word jahiliyya to describe not a particular age in history (as earlier Muslim scholars did) but a state of moral corruption and materialism.

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