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Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani
شبير أحمد عثماني
Born (1886-10-06)October 6, 1886
Bijnor, British India
Died December 13, 1949(1949-12-13) (aged 63)
Baghdad al-Jadid, Bahawalpur State
Resting place Islamia Science College
Karachi, Pakistan
Region South Asia
Occupation Islamic scholar, Teacher, Politician
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni Islam
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Movement Deobandi
Main interest(s) Tafsir, Hadith, Shari'a
Notable idea(s) Objectives Resolution
Notable work(s) Tafsir-e-Usmani
Alma mater Darul Uloom Deoband
Sufi order Chishtiya-Sabiriya-Imdadiya
Disciple of Mahmud al-Hasan

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani (Urdu: شبیر احمد عثمانی‎, Shabbīr Aḥmad ‘Usmānī; October 6, 1886 – December 13, 1949) was an Islamic scholar who supported the Pakistan Movement in the 1940s. He was a theologian, writer, orator, politician, and expert in tafsir and Hadith. He was also a student and khalifa of Shaikhul Hind Mahmud ul Hasan.


  • Early life 1
  • Literary works 2
  • Political career 3
  • Death 4
  • References 5
  • Sources 6

Early life

Born on October 6, 1886 in Bijnor, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India, his father, Maulana Fadhlur Rahman, was a deputy inspector of schools and had been sent to Bareilly when his son was born. He was educated at Darul Ulum Deoband, where he became a disciple of Maulana Mahmud ul Hasan, and graduated with distinction in 1908. After his graduation, he was appointed as a mudarris (teacher) at Darul Ulum Deoband.

In 1915, when Mahmud ul Hasan travelled to Hijaz, Usmani filled his position as the teacher of Sahih Muslim. In 1925, Sultan 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, with Usmani among them. Ibn Saud was impressed by Usmani's eloquent and scholarly lectures and instituted a number of reforms in his administration. In 1926, he moved to Dabhel, a small predominantly Deobanti town in the Indian state of Gujarat, and became a teacher at Jami'a Islamiyyah Dabhel. In 1933, when Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri died, Usmani became the teacher of [Sahih al-Bukhari].

Literary works

Usmani's greatest literary work is Tafsir-e-Usmani. This is an Urdu translation of the tafsir of the Quran written by his shaikh, Mahmud ul Hasan. In this work, Usmani derived extracts from 13 or 14 other works. His next most renowned literary work is Fathul Mulhim Sharh Sahih Muslim, which is a commentary on Sahih Muslim. He completed three volumes, and his work was complemented by a six-volume work, Takmila Fathul Mulhim, published by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani. Another of Usmani's notable works is Tark-e-Muvalaat Par Mufassal Tabsara, a pamphlet written in 1921 requesting that the 'ulema lead the Muslims of India against the British. This pamphlet was banned by the British government. Usmani's other literary works include Hamara Pakistan (a pamphlet written in 1942), Hamara Islam, and Khutbat-e-Usmani.

Political career

During the Balkan War, Usmani held a prominent position collecting donations for the Hilal-e-Ahmar Fund. In 1944, he became a member of the Muslim League and was one of the few Deobandis who supported the creation of Pakistan. In order to counteract the propaganda and activities of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, he founded the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in 1945. He served as JUI's president until his death. He is also notable for having led the funeral prayer of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, despite other ulama's objection that Jinnah was not a Muslim.

After the Partition of India, Usmani became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, and remained a member until his death.[1] He was given the honor of inaugurating and flying the flag of Pakistan . However, despite his prominence he was not given a cabinet position.

He is best remembered for having spearheaded the Qarardad-i-Maqasid Objectives Resolution, which was passed by the constituent assembly on March 12, 1949.[2]


Usmani died at Baghdadul Jadid in Bahawalpur State on December 13, 1949, and was buried at Islamia College, Karachi.


  1. ^ FIRST CONSTITUTE ASSEMBLY FROM 1947–1954 at Pakistan National Assembly, Former members
  2. ^ Constituent Assembly adopts Objectives Resolution (1949) in The Friday Times August 26–September 1, 2011


  • Deoband Movement (1866-1947) at
  • Rizwan Hussain. Pakistan and the emergence of Islamic militancy in Afghanistan. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2005

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