Mufakir-e-Islam Hazrat Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Hasani
At a Glance
Born: 6th Moharam ul Haram 1333
H (1914 AD) at Takia Kalan (Daira Shah Alamullah)
Education: His education was started by
his mother with teaching of Holy Quran and then formal education
of Arabic and Urdu was started.
When he was nine years old, his father Hakim Syed
Abdul Hai died. (1923 AD). The responsibility of
his education then came to his mother and his elder bother
Maulana Hakim Syed Abdul Ali Hasani, who
was himself a medical student (after graduation from Darul
Uloom Nadwatul Ulama and Darul Uloom Deoband).
He began his formal Arabic education under the guidance
of Allama Khalil Arab in 1424 A.D. factually
he completed his Arabic studies under him.
1926 He got admission in Nadwatul Ulama.
He attended the Dars of Hadith by Allama Muhaddith Haider
Husain Khan and Sahiyen-Sanana-Abudaud and Sanan-Tirmzee
word by word from him.
1926 AD. Session of Nadwatul Ulama of
Kanpur. Maulana attended and impressed the one and all by
his Arabic conversation. The Arab guest made him their companion
on the tour of the city as a guide.
1927 He took admission in Lucknow university.
He obtained the degree of Fazil from the university.
He studied the select Urdu literature which helped him
in his Dawah work.
1927-30. He learnt English language which
helped him to study English books on various Islamic topics
and gain useful information directly.
He received the teaching in the commentary (Tafseer) in
selected surah from his Sheikh Maulana Khalil Ahsan and
studied the complete Tafseer of Al-Quran at Lahore
in 1932 by Maulana Ahmad Ali Lahoree.
In 1932 he also stayed few months at Darul Uloom Deoband
where he took lessons from Shiekhul Islam Mualana Husain
Ahmed Madni in Sanan Trimzi and Sahih Bukhari. He also took
advantage of his stay and learnt commentary and Quranic
science and subjects. He also took lesson in Fiqah from
Shiek Aizaz Ali and in Tajweed as per the reference of hafs
from Qari Ashgahr Ali Sahib
Literary Work and Dawah Life
1931 Wrote first article on Syed Ahmad
Shaheed at the age of 17 years, which was published in the
journal Al-Manar edited by Syed Rashid Raza of Egypt
1934 he was appointed as a teacher in
Nadwatul Ulama. He taught Tafseer, Hadith, Arabic literature,
History and Logic.
1938 His first book the life history of
Syed Ahmad Shaheed was published which became popular amongst
the Deeni and Dawah circles.
1939 He journeyed to acquaint himself
with the centers of Islamic importance in India in which
he met Maulana Shiekh Abdul Qadir Raipuri and the great
reformer Maulana Mohammed Ilyas Kandhlawi and kept a continues
contact with them and obtained spiritual training from the
former and following the later, learnt the Dawah work and
the work for reformation of Muslims.
He undertook many journeys for it and continued such journeys
for quite sometime.
He was invited by Jamia Millia in 1942
to where he delivered a lecture which was later published
by the title of "Deen-wo-Mazhab"
1943 established an Association by the
name of ‘Anjuman Taleemat-e-Deen’ and delivered Lectures
on Tafseer and sunnah which became very popular particularly
in Modern educated persons and persons in Govt. service.
1945 Was selected as a member on the administrative
council of Nadwatul Ulama.
1951 He was proposed as deputy Director
Education Nadwatul Ulama by Allama Syed Sulaiman Nadwi and
was appointed and after the death of Allama Syed Sulaiman
Nadwi, he was made the Director of education in 1954.
1951 He founded his famous movement Payam-e-Insaniyat
1955 Editor - The journal Al-Baas (Arabic)
1959 Founded Academy of Islamic Research
1959 Editor - The journal Al-Raid (Arabic)
1961 After the death of his brother Dr.
Abdul Ali Hasani, he was appointed the General Secretary
of Nadwatul Ulama.
He was appointed by AMU to recast the BA course on Islamics
In 1963 he delivered many lectures in Jamia Islamia Madina
Munawara which were published by the name of "Al Nabuwatu
1963 Editor in chief of Nida-e-Millet
1963 Advisor - Urdu journal ‘Tameer-e-hayat’
1968 He was invited by education minister
of Saudi Arabia to participate in the critical study of
the curriculum and system of the department of Sharia. He
delivered many lectures in Riyadh University and Department
He was in the editorial board of the Arabic Journal "Al-Zia"
of Nadwatul Ulama in 1932 and the Urdu journal Al-Nawa 1940
and published a Urdu Journal Tameer in 1948 and took the
responsibility of editorial of a journal from Damascus in
He was the chief controller of all the above papers which
were published from Nadwa
1935 He travelled to Bombay to invite
Mr. Ambedkar, the schedule caste leader, to accept Islam
1939 The first distant journey. He met
Ulama and elites. He met Dr. Sir Mohmmed Iqbal. He had already
translated a few of Dr. Iqbal’s poem in Arabic prose.
1939 Travelled to acquaint himself to
Islamic Centres in India
1947 Travelled to perform Hajj - He stayed
for a few months at Hijaz. This was his first ever trip
to a foreign land.
1951 Travelled to Egypt. Where his book
‘Maza Khasral Aalam Binhitat Ulmuslmin’ had already become
popular and was a means of his introduction in the elite.
In the same journey he travelled to Palestine he visited
Baitul Muqqadus and saw ‘Madinatul Khaleel’ and ‘Baitul
laham’ In return he met King of Jordan Shah Abdullah.
1963 He travelled to Europe and visited
Geneva, London, Paris Cambridge, Oxford and important elites
of Spain. He met many a Arab and western professors and
delivered many lectures.
1965 He visited Turkey for the first time.
He visited Kuwait and other Gulf countries time again. He
travelled to Afghanistan, Iran and Lebanon with the delegation
1976 Travelled to far west (Agiers)
1977 first journey to America.
1985 Trip to Belgium
1987 Trip to Malaysia
1990 Travelled to Burma
1993 Second trip to America
1993 Samarkand and Tashkent
Honours and Awards
1956 Visiting member of Arabic Academy
1962 The first inaugural session and foundation
of World Muslim League in Mekkah Mukarama in which His Royal
Highness the King of Saudi Arabia Saud Bin Abdul Aziz and
head of Libyan Idress Samosi was present Hazrat Maulana
performed the duties of secretary at that session.
1963 At the inauguration and foundation
of Madina University Madina Munawara, he was made the member
of the advisory council and remained as member till the
administration was changed.
Foundation member of the League of Islamic Universities.
1980 Member of Arabic Academy of Jordan
1980 King Faisal Award
1980 Chairman of Islamic Centre Oxford.
1981 Kashmir University awarded Honorary
Degree of Ph.D.
1984 Adab Islamic -Inauguration and appointed
1999 was awarded the ‘The personality
of the year’ award by UAE for which a special plane was
sent for the Shiekh to take him to Dubai and bring him back
1999 Sultan Brunei Award by Oxford Islamic
Center on his work of ‘Tareekh Dawat-o-Azeemat’