Syed Sulaiman Nadvi – A Short Glimpse of the Erudite Islamic Scholar

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Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, an outstanding Islamic Scholar and the true disciple of Allama Shibli Nomani was born on 22nd November, 1884 in the town Disna in the District Patna. His father Hakim Syed Abul Hasan was a pious and religious man. He started his education from Khalifa Anwar Ali and Maulvi Maqsood Ali. His elder brother Hakim Syed Abu Habib also taught him. He moved to Phuhlwari Sharif in Bihari where he associated himself to Maulana Muhiuddin and Shah Sulaiman Phulwari of Khanqah Mujibia from where he went to Darbhanga and stayed for some months in Madrasa Imdadia there.

In 1901, he got admission in Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema Lucknow where he studied for 7 years. He was appointed as the Professor of Oriental Languages in Daccan College, Pune in 1913. The honorary degree of the doctor of philosophy was conferred to him in 1940 by the Aligarh Muslim University.

Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi is one of the Islamic Scholars of the world, who are pride for the Ummah. We can perceive his academic eruditeness from the fact that when his teacher and mentor Allama Shibli Nomani passed away on 14th November, 2014 after authoring two volumes of “Siratun Nabi” a masterpiece in the biographies of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) in Urdu Language, the remaining four volumes were completed by his disciple Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi. He served Darul Musannifin Azamgarh and issued the monthly journal Maarif.

After the partition of India, he migrated to Pakistan leaving his entire properties back in India and settled in Karachi, Pakistan in 1950. He continued his academic and religious pursuits. The Government of Pakistan appointed him as the President of the Board for Islamic Studies. He left for heavenly abode from Karachi on 22nd November, 1953. His magnum opus “Siratun Nabi” is source of knowledge about the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) for millions of people.  

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