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  • Our Scholars

This is a list of scholars who are some of our regular sources of reference. On this page, we have provided only a short list of scholars, both past and present. Some of these are adherents of specific schools of thoughts whereas some of the others are not, regardless, we respect them all. Where we disagree with their narrative, we do so with respect.
We believe that every Muslim is duty-bound to accept their own responsibility for making an effort to understand what the Quran or Islam means to them in the twenty-first century. Muslims must not confine to their single sectarian strand. To accept God’s guidance as eternal means acknowledging that there is always more to it than our limited intellect will comprehend, and begin one’s understanding from that premise with humility.


Shah Wali Ullah Dehlawi
Shah Wali Ullah Dehlawi(1703-1763, without doubt, is the most influential scholar to have graced the subcontinent in the last few centuries.His towering personality and unparalleled knowledge, wisdom and understanding of religion is simply incomparable.Considered as an intellectual giant, the great Shah Waliullah’s scholarly legacy cannot be surpassed or at least hasn’t been surpassed as yet.He is a true leader of the scholars of sub-continent and is held in high esteem in all the sects

Mawlana Hamid ud Din Farahi
Mawlana Hamid ud Din Farahi(1863-1930) was a unique and without doubt the most celebrated Quranic scholar of the 19th/20th century. He was a pioneer of developing the concept that Quran is a coherent book and not just a collection of verses still considered by many as such.His outstanding work proved that the verses of Quran are connected to each other in a meaningful arrangement and if the language of the Quran and its context are kept in view then there is no room for different interpretations of individual verses .He started writing his Tafsir(commentary)of Quran but could not complete it due to his death but ‘Muqaddimah’, which is the introduction to this tafsir, is a very important work which gives good insight to understand his claim regarding the coherence of Quran.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!


Mawlana Abul Aala Maududi
Mawlana Abul Aala Maududi(1903-1979)was the founder of Jamat e Islami in 1941.He was, without doubt, the most influential and vibrant Islamic scholar of Muslim world in the 20th century.Alongside his political activities Mawlana Mawdudi also wrote numerous books explaining Islam to muslims and the rest of the world.However,his Commentary on Quran ‘Tafhim ul Quran’remains his best literary work from which millions of muslims still benefit all over the world.His thoughts changed the course of many political movements in North Africa,Middle East and south East Asia.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!

Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi
Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi(1904-1997) an illustrious student of Mawlana Farahi,carried his work forward in a brilliant manner. If Farahi presented the view that Quran possesses structural coherence ,It is actually Islahi who established it in his glorious commentary(Tadabbur e Quran) in a conclusive manner.Islahi has shown that Quran is divided into seven groups and each group has a very clear theme.Every group begins with one or more Meccan surah and ends with one or more Madinan surah.In each group,the Meccan surah always precedes the Madinan surah.
No future scholar undertaking interpretation on Islamic themes can afford to ignore the work of Islahi.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!

Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari

Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari(1918-1998) a highly respected Sheikh of tariqa e Chishtiya and an eminent religious scholar.In addition to being a learned scholar he was also a judge in the supreme court of Pakistan.His greatest work includes the Tafsir of Quran known as ‘Zia ul Quran’.Since he was an ardent educationist he re-organised Dar ul ulum Mohammadia Ghausia which his father had founded in Bhera.He made revolutionary changes in the syllabus of the institution and  included modern education alongside the religious education.

Abd ar-Rahman ibn Nasir as-Sadi
Sheikh Abdur Rahman bin Nasir Al Sa’adi (1889–1956) a prominent and highly respected Saudi scholar.Although he is generally known for his works on Fiqh (jurisprudence) and poetry he has written a brilliant tafsir of Quran famously known as ‘Tafsir Al-Saadi’.This Tafsir,particularly in the Arab world, is highly recommended as it stays away from the controversies and makes it easy for the reader to understand the message.The highly referred Sheikh has been a follower of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal in the early days of his scholarship but,later in his life, he followed the course he thought was most convincing under the light of Quran&Sunnah.



Mufti Muhammad Shafi
Mufti Muhammad Shafi(1897-1976)a well known scholar from Indo Pak, is best known for his urdu Tafsir ‘Maa’rif ul Quran.Mufti Shafi is founder of Darul Ulum Karachi where he taught for a long time.He has a remarkable teaching career which began at the age of 21 yrs in Darul Uloom,Doeband.He was considered as an exceptional lecturer on many subjects and had the honour of filling in for Mawlana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani for three months at Jamia Islamiyah Dabhel,teaching sahih Bukhari.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!



Muhammad Hussain Tabataba’i
Muhammad Hussain Tabataba’i(1903-1981) is one of the most well known and revered thinkers and scholars from Iran.He was a prolific writer but his real work is his classical tafsir ‘Tafsir al Mizan’.In this Tafsir the Allama has elucidated that since Quran illuminates everything it does’nt require anything from outside to illuminate it.He stresses that you only need external sources like hadith when the Quran does’nt give any clarification of the meaning of a verse.In recognition to his exalted position among scholars a university in Tehran is named after him called ‘Allameh Tabataba’i.



Was’if Ali Wasif
Wasif Ali Wasif(1929-1993)is a well known and highly respected sufi Intellectual who influenced many other intellectuals of his time.Although he wrote many books but his ‘kiran kiran suraj’depicts his unique literary style of aphorism in an exceptional way.He also conveyed his message of humanity and upholding of ethical values through his poetry.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!


  Dr Israr Ahmad
Dr Israr Ahmad(1932-2010) is founder of ‘Tanzim e Islami’ which he established in 1975. The purpose of creating this organisation was to revive the muslim society through the teachings of Quran and then eventually establish ‘Khilafah’ in Pakistan and later in the rest of the world. In 1967, he wrote and published the important philosophy book, the “Islamic Renaissance: The Real Task Ahead”, in which he briefly explained the abstract idea of the Caliphate system. History proved that Pakistanis in large did not buy into this idea. He vehemently maintained that only by revitalising concept and importance of faith among the Muslims in general and intelligentsia in particular. An outstanding and vibrant orator, Dr Israr Ahmad’s Quranic lectures continue  to enlighten  muslims throughout the world.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!

Mawlana Mohammad Ishaq
Mawlana Mohammad Ishaq(1935-2013)an eminent muslim scholar devoted all his life for the unity of muslim ummah and is highly respected for his neutral and honest views.His refreshing talks and question and answer sessions were always very informative and were based on rationality. He will always be remembered by all those muslims who denounce sectarianism.
May we continue to learn from his teachings and may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace!

Ghulam Ahmad Pervez Ghulam Ahmad Pervez
Ghulam Ahmad Pervez (1903-1985) was a very well read scholar who based his Quranic teachings on a unique interpretation quite different from the traditional sunni doctrine.He was severely criticised by traditional islamic scholars,however,he was highly respected in the enlightened class of muslims.

Contemporary Male Scholars

These are some of the contemporary male scholars we draw inspiration from.


  • Mawlana Wahid Uddin Khan

  • Mufti Taqi Usmani

  • Javaid Ahmed Ghamidi

  • Dr Tahir ul Qadri

  • Mawlana Tariq Jameel

  • Ahmad Javaid Sb

  • Hamza Yusuf

  • Zakir Naik

  • Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

  • Mufti Ismail Menk

  • Dr Yasir Qadhi

  • Ibtisam Illahi Zaheer

  • Nouman Ali Khan

  • Omar Suleiman

  • Engr Muhammad Ali Mirza



Professor Maimoona Murtaza Malik
She is a well known Islamic scholar who not only delivers lectures on Quran but has also made numerous appearances on TV in religious programmes. At present she is in Riyadh acting as a president of interfaith harmony in KSA appointed by Pakistan Govt


  Dr Farhat Hashmi
Founder of Alhuda International institute in 1994, her lectures on Quran and other topics have benefitted millions of muslims all over the world during the last two decades.

Ms Kaukab Shahzad
She is an associate fellow in Al-Mawrid (an institute of Islamic research and education). She is involved in teaching Quran & Hadith not only in Pakistan but also to overseas ladies via Skype.


Ms Nighat Hashmi
Founder of Al-Noor international institute in 1996. Al-Noor institute is mainly for girls. The institute concentrates on teaching Quran and Sunnah in order to produce role models for human kind.


Ms Huma Najam
She is the founder of Al-Ilm institute and has been actively delivering lectures on Quran. At present she is in Saudia Arabia and often visits Pakistan to ensure smooth running of her institute.

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