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Moinuddin Chishti (1142–1236), Shrine of Moinuddin Chishti, mujaddid of the seventh century.
Ibn Arabi (1165–1240), mujaddid of the seventh century.
Muhammad Abduh (1849–1905), mujaddid of the thirteenth century.

A mujaddid (Arabic: مجدد‎), is an Islamic term for one who brings "renewal" (تجديد tajdid) to the religion.[1][2] According to the popular Muslim tradition, it refers to a person who appears at the turn of every century of the Islamic calendar to revive Islam, cleansing it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its pristine purity.

The concept is based not on the Quran but on a famous hadith (Prophetic tradition) recorded by Abu Dawood: Abu Hurairah narrated that the Islamic prophet Muhammad said:

Allah will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it.

— Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 37: Kitab al-Malahim [Battles], Hadith Number 4278[3]

Mujaddid tend to come from the most prominent Islamic scholars of the time, although they are sometimes pious rulers.[2]


List of claimants and potential Mujaddids

While there is no formal mechanism for designating a mujaddid, there is often a popular consensus. The Shia and Ahmadiyya[4][5] have their own list of mujaddids.[2]

First Century (after the prophetic period) (August 3, 718)

Second Century (August 10, 815)

Third Century (August 17, 912)

Fourth Century (August 24, 1009)

Fifth Century (September 1, 1106)

Sixth Century (September 9, 1203)

Seventh Century (September 5, 1300)

Eighth Century (September 23, 1397)

Ninth Century (October 1, 1494)

Tenth Century (October 19, 1591)

Eleventh Century (October 26, 1688)

Twelfth Century (November 4, 1785)

Thirteenth Century (November 14, 1882)

Fourteenth Century (November 21, 1979)


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  2. ^ a b c Meri, Josef W. (ed.). Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Psychology Press. p. 678. 
  3. ^ Sunan Abu Dawood, 37:4278
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  12. ^ Ihya Ulum Ad Din, Dar Al Minhaj: Volume 1. p. 403. 
  13. ^ "Imam Ghazali: The Sun of the Fifth Century Hujjat al-Islam". The Pen. February 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ Jane I. Smith, Islam in America, p 36. ISBN 0231519990
  15. ^ Dhahabi, Siyar, 4.566
  16. ^ Willard Gurdon Oxtoby, Oxford University Press, 1996, p 421
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  20. ^ Glasse, Cyril (1997). The New Encyclopedia of Islam. AltaMira Press. p. 432. ISBN 90 04 10672 3. 
  21. ^ "A Short Biographical Sketch of Mawlana al-Haddad". Iqra Islamic Publications. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. 
  22. ^ Kunju, Saifudheen (2012). "Shah Waliullah al-Dehlawi: Thoughts and Contributions": 1. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Gyarwee Sharif". al-mukhtar books. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. 
  24. ^ O. Hunwick, John (1995). African And Islamic Revival in Sudanic Africa: A Journal of Historical Sources. p. 6. 
  25. ^ a b Rippin, Andrew. Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. p. 282. 
  26. ^ Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism. Oxford University Press. 
  27. ^ "Services As A Mujadid". Alahazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan. 
  28. ^ "The Promised Messiah". Al Islam. 

Further reading

  • Alvi, Sajida S. "The Mujaddid and Tajdīd Traditions in the Indian Subcontinent: An Historical Overview" ("Hindistan’da Mucaddid ve Tacdîd geleneği: Tarihî bir bakış"). Journal of Turkish Studies 18 (1994): 1–15.
  • Friedmann, Yohanan. "Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi: An Outline of His Thought and a Study of His Image in the Eyes of Posterity". Oxford India Paperbacks

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