Hameed Uddin Farahi

Mawlānā Hamīd al-Dīn Farāhī (ra) was born in 1280 A.H in Pehriha, a village in district Azamgarh, UP, India. Mawlānā’s family was amongst the well respected families of the district that were at that time, known for their education and worldly wisdom. Mawlānā Hamīd al-Dīn Farāhī (ra) and Mawlānā Shibli Nu‘mānī (ra) were maternal first cousins. Mawlānā received his early education at home. At the onset he memorized (hifz) the Qur’ān, after which he learnt Persian and very soon became so well versed in the same that he began composing poetry in it. He learnt Arabic mostly from Mawlānā Shibli Nu‘mānī (ra).

Amin Ahsan Islahi

The second scholar belonging to the contemporary times of Islām has now passed away. In 1930, when, Imām Hamīd al-Dīn Farāhī embarked on the final journey from the mortal world, Sahib-e Marūf, Syed Sulemān Nadvi lamented about the passing of the first scholar of our times. More or less 67 years after this we are mourning Farāhī’s legatee, Imām Amīn Ahsan Islāhī. Like Socrates, Aristotle, abū Hanīfa and abū Yūsuf, ibn-e Taymiyya and ibn-e Qayyim cannot be separated from each other; in this world, Farāhī and Islāhī are also two names of the same existence:

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Jāvēd Ahmad Ghāmidī was born on April 18, 1951 in a village called Jīvan Shāh in District Sāhīwāl, Punjab. His family village was a settlement called Dāwūd in Sialkot. His father, Muhammad Tufayl Junaydī was a landowner by ancestral profession. After the death of his father, Nūr Ilāhī, Tufayl Junaydī became interested in medicine and spent the rest of his life in that area. To follow the path of tasawwuf (mysticism), Tufayl Junaydī stepped into this valley at the young age of about twenty, and for the rest of his life remained an epitome of commitment and sincerity to his chosen course. He passed away in 1986.

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