Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani (Urdu: شبیر احمد عثمانی‎, Shabbīr Aḥmad ‘Usmānī; 11 October 1887 – 13 December 1949) was an Islamic scholar who supported the Pakistan Movement in the 1940s. He was a religious scholar, writer, orator, politician, and expert in tafsir and Hadith.[1][2]

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani
Born11 October, 1887
Died13 December, 1949 (aged 62)
Resting placeFuneral: 14 December, 1949, Islamia Science College (Karachi), Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Parent(s)
  • Fadhl-ur-Rehman (father)

His cousin, Aamir Usmani, was also an Islamic scholar as well as a poet.[3]

Early life and careerEdit

Born on 11 October 1887 in Bijnor, a city in Uttar Pradesh, British India. His father, Fadhlur Rahman, was a deputy inspector of schools and had been sent on assignment to Bareilly, when his son Shabbir was born. He was educated at Darul Ulum Deoband, where he became a disciple of Mahmud ul Hasan,[2] and graduated in 1908. After his graduation, he was appointed as a teacher at Darul Uloom Deoband.[2]

In 1915, when Mahmud ul Hasan went into self-exile in Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, Usmani filled his position as the teacher of Sahih Muslim, a book of teachings of prophet Muhammad.[2] In 1925, Sultan Abdul Aziz 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, it is believed that they chose Usmani as their leader after having a short conversation with him.[2]

In 1926, he moved to Dabhel, a small predominantly Deobandi town in the Indian state of Gujarat, and became a teacher at Jami'a Islamiyyah Dabhel. In October 1929, when the foundation committee decided to establish Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University), New Delhi, he was elected as a member of the founding committee. Many other Islamic scholars also were members of the Foundation Committee including Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, Maulana Abdul Bari Firangi Mahali, Sheikh ul Hind Maulana Mahmud al-Hasan, Mufti Kifayatullah Dihlawi, Maulana Abdul Haq Akorwi. In 1933, when Anwar Shah Kashmiri died, Usmani became the teacher of Sahih al-Bukhari, a book of teachings by prophet Muhammad.

Literary worksEdit

List of Usmani's literary works
Title Description
Tafsir-e-Usmani[2] an Urdu translation of the tafsir of the Quran written by Mahmud ul Hasan
Fathul Mulhim Sharh Sahih Muslim a commentary on Sahih Muslim, a book of teachings by prophet Muhammad

Political careerEdit

Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani was one of the founding members of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi as he was a member of the Foundation Committee of the Jamia (University) that met on Friday, 29 October 1920. In 1944, he became a member of the All-India Muslim League and led a small group of Deobandis who supported the creation of Pakistan.[1][2]

As a leader of this pro-Pakistan faction of Deobandis of the old Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind party, which was originally founded in Deoband in 1919, he went ahead and founded a new and separate political party called the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in 1945, along with other like-minded pro-Pakistan religious leaders. He joined Muslim League in 1944 at a critical juncture of Pakistan movement when most of the feudals of N.W.F.P. and Punjab came under the influence of the Congress. Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani with a team of 500 Ulema eliminated the influence of these corrupt feudals from these regions and converted the sentiments of common people toward Pakistan movement. The importance of Maulana Usmani is also conspicuous from the fact that the Quaid-i-Azam consulted him on all important matters after independence. He served JUI as its first president until his death in 1949. Usmani, with a team of approximately 500 other religious leaders, actively campaigned to convert the sentiments of common Muslim people in favor of the Pakistan movement. He played a key role in steering people away from some of the corrupt feudal lords and tribal chiefs in Punjab, British India and N.W.F.P. who were previously supporting All India National Congress in those regions. In fact, he became a close consultant of Jinnah after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. He is also notable for having led the funeral prayer of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in September 1948.[1][2]

When Pakistan became independent, its first flag hoisting was also done (in West Pakistan) by him in the presence of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Liaqat Ali Khan (while in East Pakistan, his fellow, Allama Zafar Ahamd Usmani, did the flag hoisting in the presence of Khwaja Nazimuddin). [4].

After the Partition of India, Usmani became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, and remained a member until his death in 1949.[5]

He is best remembered for having spearheaded the Qarardad-i-Maqasid Objectives Resolution for Pakistan, which was passed by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on March 12, 1949.[2][6]

Death and LegacyEdit

Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani died at Baghdadul Jadid in Bahawalpur State on 13 December 1949, and was buried at Islamia Science College (Karachi) the next day.[2]

Pakistan Postal Services issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor in 1990 in its 'Pioneers of Freedom' series.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Qasim A. Moini (4 July 2017). "JAMIAT ULEMA-I-ISLAM AT ONE HUNDRED (actually old Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind party's 100th anniversary in 2019)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani's profile". storyofpakistan.com website. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  3. ^ Bani Umer (27 August 2017), "Aamir Usmani: An unsung hero", Rising Kashmir. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ Talhah, Sayyid (22 November 2018). "Asia Bibi case: Pakistanis need to bridge the 'mister-mulla' divide". Musings of a Muslim Doctor. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  5. ^ FIRST CONSTITUTE ASSEMBLY FROM 1947–1954 at Pakistan National Assembly, Former members
  6. ^ Constituent Assembly adopts Objectives Resolution (1949) in The Friday Times newspaper, Published August 26, 2011, Retrieved 8 Jan 2017
  7. ^ Commemorative postage stamp in honor of Shabbir Ahmad Usmani issued by the Pakistan Postal Services in 1990 in its 'Pioneers of Freedom' series, Retrieved 29 August 2019

SourcesEdit

ISBN 0-7546-4434-0, ISBN 978-0-7546-4434-7