Syed Iqbal Zaheer

Syed Iqbal Zaheer (born in 1944) is an Indian Islamic scholar and writer. By profession he is an engineer.[1] He was trained in Islamic disciplines by traditional scholars. He has proficiency in three languages: English, Arabic and Urdu. A polymath, and a prolific writer, he has wide interests and can freely write – journalistically – on advanced scientific topics such as cellular biology, quantum physics, or conundrums faced by the scientists in astrophysics. An interesting feature of his writings – apart from the fact that he writes on subjects not dealt by many – is that, in each of his book he adopts a new style of writing.

Syed Iqbal Zaheer
OccupationEngineer by profession
Known forReligious scholar
Notable work
An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam, Tafsir Ishraq Al-Ma'ani, Islam: The Religion You Can No Longer Ignore, editor Young Muslim Digest

He has been editing the monthly magazine Young Muslim Digest[2] (issued from Bangalore) since last 35 years in which his editorials and answers to the letters by the readers are followed with interest in several countries.

Literary workEdit

Syed Iqbal Zaheer is also the author of several books:[3][4]

Islam: The Religion You Can No Longer IgnoreEdit

This book is all about the introduction of Islam. This book deals with the readers relationship with God.[5]

Fake PearlsEdit

It is a collection of fabricated prophetic sayings. This work – collected from five different books – is a short collection of such reports as falsely attributed to Muhammad, and which have somehow been popular among the masses through the centuries.[6]

A Short History of IsraelEdit

With introduction by Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, it presents the history of the Jews from the Abraham times until the end of the last century.[7]

Bilal, the Abyssinian Out runnerEdit

It is about the life of Bilal written in a story style, but within the parameters of historical evidences.[8]

Muhammad the Unlettered Prophet Who Changed the World in 23 yearsEdit

A short biography of Muhammad.[9]

An Educational encyclopedia of IslamEdit

This two volume Islamic Encyclopedia [10] which consists of 1300 pages is covering all the aspects of Islam in depth. It is written in very simple language. Though basically intended for use as a school text book, the encyclopedia is also an ideal tool for home schooling involving both the parents and the children.[11]

Abul Hasan Ali NadwiEdit

It is a biography of Syed Abul Hasan Ali al-Nadwi in 110 pages.[12]

Fundamentals of the Islamic CreedEdit

The book is a summary of the faiths and beliefs of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah, the mainstream Muslim[13]

A Voice to HearEdit

Many non-Muslims wish to know what the Qur'an is about, but are not sure if they should procure a copy. These passages should give them some idea of the central theme of the Qur'anic message: Man’s creation by God, sending of Prophets, destruction of the world, raising up of the dead, accounting and judgment.[14]

Tafsir Ishraq al-Ma`aniEdit

In 14 volumes, some 3500 pages Presents opinions of scholars of first few generations, and majority opinions of the commentators throughout Muslim history, with the provision that such opinions do not contradict a meaning given out by the majority of the Salaf.[15]

Lectures and DarsEdit

His weekly Qur'anic Dars and lectures are fairly well attended by the educated class. But, following the fatwa of classical Deoband scholars, he does not allow filming of his talks, does not believe in globe-trotting, and strongly objects to any praise directed at him as he believes that men who deserved praise are in their graves.

Social workEdit

He runs an Islamic Institute for Girls (teenage and above), in a town (Haassan) near Bangalore, whose syllabus is his making (considered distinctive by many scholars), and which lays greater emphasis on the Arabic language, than on stuffing the soft heads with intricacies of `Aqeedah or Fiqh.


  1. ^ Syed Iqbal Zaheer – Author biography on
  2. ^ Young Muslim Digest – an Islamic monthly magazine in India
  3. ^ Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion
  4. ^ Young Muslim digest – Iqra Publications
  5. ^ Islam: The Religion You Can No Longer Ignore on SlideShare, May 16, 2010
  6. ^ Fake Pearls reviewed by Nigar Ataulla, Islamic Voice, July 2002
  7. ^ A Short History of Israel on good reads describing how it came into being as a homeland for the Jews.
  8. ^ Bilal, the Abyssinian Out runner; A detailed biography on Bilal, Google Books, January 1, 2000
  9. ^ A brief life history of Muhammad on Library Thing
  10. ^ An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam has also an online version named Islamic Encyclopedia
  11. ^ An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam; Islamic Voice, Bangalore, March 2011
  12. ^ Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi A man of hope through a century of turmoil; a detailed biography of Abul Hasan on Islamic Encyclopedia
  13. ^ The Fundamentals of Islamic Creed by Abu Jaifer Al-tahewi, Syed Iqbal Zaheer; Book Leaks
  14. ^ A Voice to Hear by Syed Iqbal Zaheer on eBay
  15. ^ Tafsir Ishraq Al-Ma'ani; 1992, English, Arabic, Book edition on Trove