1343 AH: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan – مولانا وہیدددیں خان
||1 January 1925
Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
||Islamic spiritual leader, speaker and author
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (born 1 January 1925) is a noted Islamic scholar and peace activist. He has received, among others, the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; the Padma Bhushan,in January 2000 India’s third highest civilian honour; the National Citizen’s Award, presented by Mother Teresa and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2009). He was conferred with the Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award (2015) in Abu Dhabi. He has translated the Quran in simple and contemporary English and wrote a commentary on the Quran| and gives lectures on ETV Urdu, Zee Salaam, Bridges TV, ITV, ARY Digital, QTV, Aaj TV, etc.
Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh in the town of Azamgarh in 1925. He graduated from a seminary of traditional Islamic learning.Like Javed Ahmad Ghmidi,Dr.Israr Ahmad and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui ,Maulana Wahiduddin Khan also worked closely with Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maududi (alternative spelling Syed Maudoodi; often referred to as Maulana Maududi) (1903–1979) before opening an Islamic Centre in Delhi in 1970. The al-Risala Urdu magazine was started in 1976 consisting of almost entirely his articles and writing. An English edition of the magazine was started in February 1984 and a Hindi version in December 1990. Some of his notable articles include ‘Hijacking — A Crime’, ‘Rights of Women in Islam’, ‘The Concept of Charity in Islam’ and ‘The Concept of Jihad’.
More About Him
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is a noted Islamic Scholar in India and has published several books. His advice to Muslims has been to not treat unpleasant or unwanted situations as problems as this would only yield negative results. That is, one must not try to eliminate them or lodge complaints or protests against them. In fact, one should take such situations as challenges, and positively work towards overcoming them.