Allamah Dr Muhammad Masud Ahmed rahimahullau Ta'ala

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  1. There are pictures are the Shaykh that have been passed around and even a video of one of his lectures. He was extremely against filming and photography and would never allow anyone to film or photograph him. I have an audio lecture of the Shaykh on the urs of his father Mufti Aazam Shah Mazharullah rahimahullah Ta'ala and as I have heard there are very few that are available.
  2. Wadood

    Wadood Veteran

    he is a well known personality among educated Sunni Pakistanis and univeristy academics in the country. his photo has been published on one of his books on the creation of Pakistan. Its one of my main source of information on the Muslims of British India, Sangh Parivar, and the Role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    He loved his country Pakistan, dearly, and wished great for it.

    One of his Naqshbandi companions passed away a few years ago near the old city of Lahore, in an area called Samnabad. I met him face to face, and he gave me as a gift a number of the books of Dr Mas'ud, especially on the Naqshbandi Mujaddadi Tareeqa. This companion was a Naqshbandi Sufi from the central Punjabi city of Shorkot, Jhang, Pakistan. He was a wali of Allah, with Noor emanating from his blessed face. He was an example of the practice of Sunna. He was an admirer of 'AlaHazrat, and was a tiger in defending ahl al sunnah from local deobandis in Lahore, instrumental in spreading sunniyat, and building a major masjid. These were the companions of Dr Mas'ud.
  3. I agree I have a great place in my heart for the Shaykh may Allah bless him and shower His grave with His noor and rahmah aameen.

    His works need to be translated into English they will be of great benifit to the none Urdu readers. So attempts have been made but have been quite poor so far.

    May Allah grant the Ahl us Sunnah Tawfeeq
  4. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    he was certainly what we call yaadgaar e salaf, a reminder of the salaf. i am sure very few have even seen a photo of him - i sure haven't.

    admirers of alahazrat have benefited a lot from this mahir e rizwiyat.
    By: Dr. Syed Adnan Khurshid
    Revised by Munir Hussain Mas‘udi, (Birmingham, U.K)

    When the pure light of Islamic literacy and knowledge shadowed by the darkness of so called self-constructed and personal oriented Islam----when the heart and soul of the Muslim Ummah became confused----He one of the most qualified, learned and spiritually strengthened personalities----acted like a guiding star and became the beacon for those who had the thirst to seek the classical knowledge of Islam and for those who wanted to follow the Sirat-i-Mustaqim (the straight path). He was highly respected for his excellent approach and efforts to remove the mask of misconception surrounding the true interpretation of Islam. He was the son of Mufti Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah ‘Alayh, the great Mufti, Khatib and Saint (d. 1966 c. e) of Delhi (India). Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed was born in Delhi in 1930 and acquired his education from his father Mufti Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah ‘Alayh and in Madrassa ‘Alia, Delhi and then Oriental College, Delhi. He migrated from India to Pakistan in 1948. Here in Pakistan he continued his education in different institutions and Colleges, Punjab University (Lahore) and Sindh University, Jamshoro (Hyderabad). Educational and academic career of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed set an example for great achievements. He excelled in all his examinations of M.A. & M.Ed. at Sindh University and was awarded silver and gold medals. He then went on to compile his Ph.D. on the topic of "URDU MAIN QUR’ANI TARAJIM-O-TAFASIR" (Qur’anic translations and exegesis in Urdu) and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Sindh University, Jamshoro, Hyderabad (Pakistan) in 1971. Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan, who was the guide of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed in his Ph.D. research work, writes:-
    "It is my proud privilege to say that he is one of the top-most Research
    Scholars of the country."
    (Hyderabad, Feb.1971)

    The Government of Pakistan bestowed upon him the "IZAZ-I-FAZILAT" award in 1992. He has also received awards from Imam Ahmed Raza Research Institute, Karachi in 1991 and from Pakistan Intellectual Forum in 1992. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed worked as Lecturer, Professor, and Principal, paper setter, examiner and member of board of studies at Sindh University, Jamshoro; Khairpur University, Khairpur; Punjab University, Lahore etc. He also worked as a paper setter for the Public Service Commission (Sindh); and was also the Guide and Director of Ph.D. students at the University of Karachi and the Khairpur University, Khairpur (Sindh). He retired as Principal Govt. Degree College and Post-Graduate Studies Centre, Sukkur, Sindh (in Grade 20.) in 1992. Performance of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed (as his ACRS shows) remained excellent throughout his service career.
    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed started writing Research Papers in 1958 which were then published in leading journals of the sub-continent, thus up-to 1966 he was one of the most read scholars in the sub-Continent in the academic circle as confessed by Khawja Hasan Sani Nizami of Delhi (Monthly Munadi, Delhi, Dec. 1966). Afterwards he started his research on Imam Ahmed Raza--------a neglected Genius of the East. There is no doubt that he removed the shroud of ignorance surrounding the works and personality of Imam Ahmed Raza. He commenced his work on Imam Ahmed Raza in 1970 on a purely research basis and has contributed nearly 30 books on Imam Ahmed Raza, as well as 120 articles, 50 prefaces and numerous introductions of Imam Ahmed Raza up-to 1992. Some important books of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed on Imam Ahmed Raza are listed below: -
    • Fazal-i-Bareilwi Aur Tark-i-Muwalat (Lahore, 1971) ​
    • Fazal-i- Bareilvi ‘Ulama-i-Hijaz Ki Nazar Main (Lahore, 1973)​
    • Neglected Genius of the East (Karachi, Lahore, South Africa, 1978) ​
    • Hayaat-i-Maulana Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Bareilvi (Sialkot, 1981)​
    (English translation -- The Reformer of the Muslim World)
    (Tamil nadu, India, 1995)

    • Hayaat-i-Imam Ahl-i-Sunnat (Lahore, Karachi, 1981)
    • Ikram-i-Imam Ahmed Raza (Lahore, 1981)
    • Da’ira-i-Ma‘arif-i-Imam Ahmed Raza (Karachi, 1982)
    • Imam Ahmed Raza Aur ‘Alam-i-Islam (Karachi, 1983)
    • Rahbar-o-Rehnuma (Lahore, Karachi, 1986)
    (English translation -- The Saviour Guide and Guidance)
    (Durban, 1989)

    • Tanqidat-o-Ta‘aqubat-i-Imam Ahmed Raza (Lahore, 1988)
    • A’ina-i-Rizviyyat (three volumes) (Karachi, 1989, 1993, 1996)
    • Imam Ahmed Raza Aur ‘Alam-i-Jami‘at (Sadiqabad, 1990)
    • Imam Ahmed Raza Aur Uloom-i-Jadida-o-Qadima (Lahore, 1990)
    • Muhadith-i-Bareilwi (Karachi, Lahore, 1993)
    • Intakhab-i-Hada’iq-i-Bakhshish (Karachi, 1995)
    • Khulafa-i-‘Ala Hazrat (Lahore, 1996)
    These thought provoking books on Imam Ahmed Raza by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed brought the personality of Imam Ahmed Raza into the lime light on a global level. A doctoral dissertation can be composed on his research work on Imam Ahmed Raza Muhadis-i-Bareilwi. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed is known as a specialist in Rizviyyat throughout the Sunni world. He has advised and guided numerous scholars with their research work on Imam Ahmed Raza, such as Dr. Usha Sanyal [Columbia University (U.S.A.)], Dr. Barbra Metcalf [California University (U.S.A.)], Prof. Ghayas-uddin [Birmingham University (U.K.)], Prof. Dr. Majidullah Qadri [Karachi University, Karachi (Pakistan)], Dr. J.M.S. Baljon [Lieden University (Holland)], Dr. Hazim Muhammad Ahmed ‘Abd al-Rahim [Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt)], Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Sadidi [Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt)], Dr. Ghulam Jabir Misbahi [Bihar University, Muzaffarpur (India)], Dr. Ghulam Yahya Misbahi [Hindu University, Varanasi (India)], Dr. Hafiz Abdul Bari Siddiqi [Sindh University, Jamshoro (Pakistan)], Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Saeedi [Karachi University, Karachi (Pakistan)].
    As mentioned before, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed enlightened the way of Sirat-i-Mustaqim, he satisfied the confused minds of the Muslim Ummah and it is not wrong to say as the Saint of Qadriyya order Dr. Ali Ahmed Qureshi declared in 1991:-
    “Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed is the Revivalist of the Fifteenth Century Hijra”
    This religious status has been accorded by the following chain of ‘Ulema and Masha’ikh: -
    • Dr. Muhammad Saeed Ahmed
    (Sajjada Nashin of Dargah Khawja Baqi Billah, Delhi (India)​
    • Dr. Mufti Muhammad Mukarram Ahmed
    (Masnad Nashin, Imam-o-Khatib Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi (India)
    • Maulana Qamar al-Din (Bangladesh)
    • Sahibzada Syed Muhammad Tahir Mazhari
    (Nazim ‘Ala, Idara-i-Tahqiqat-i-Imam Ahmed Riza, Islamabad)

    • Maulana Muhammad Ali Qaudri
    (Ex-Office Secretary, Idara-i-Tahqiqat-i-Imam Ahmed Riza, Karachi)

    • Maulana Jawaid Iqbal Mazhari (Founder of Imam-i-Rabbani Foundation, Karachi) etc.
    The following books (a new International Series) of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed are proof of his great achievements, especially for the Muslim youth of today: -
    • Eid of Eids [Festivity above all Festivities]
    [(Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Khanewal, D.G Khan, Jehlum, Sadiqabad(Pakistan), Delhi, Bareilly, Tamil Nado, Hyderabad(India), Cape Town, Durban, Mauritius(South Africa), France, Holland, U.K, Amman (Jordan), 1993]
    • Knowledge of The Unseen (Karachi, Delhi, South Africa, 1994 )
    • Respect and Reverence (Karachi, Delhi, South Africa, 1994)
    • Spiritual Significance of Affinity (Karachi, Delhi, South Africa, 1994)
    • The Supreme Festival (Karachi, Bareilly, America, Mauritius,1995)
    • The Novelties (Karachi, Delhi, South Africa, 1995)
    • Women and the Veil (Karachi, 1996)
    • Salutation and Adoration (Karachi, 1996)
    • Facial Focus (Karachi, 1996)
    • Sirat-i-Mustaqim (Karachi, 1996)
    • Ibrahim's Prayer (Karachi, 1997)
    • Islamic Economic System (Karachi,1998)
    • Following The Majority (Karachi, 1998)
    • Tolerance (Karachi, 1999)
    • The Soul of Islam (New York, 2004) etc.
    The literary works of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed are being translated into various languages such as Arabic, Persian, French, Dutch, English, Pushto, Sindhi, Hindi, Gujrati, and Bengali. These translated books are then distributed throughout the world. These can also be viewed on .​

    The Professor had Ijaza (permission for initiation of disciples into particular Sufi Order) in Naqshbandiyya as well as Qadriyya orders. He was spiritually blessed by two great figures of the Naqshbandiyya order, his father Mufti Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah ‘Alayh (Delhi, India) and Mufti Muhammad Mahmood Alwari Rahmatullah ‘Alayh (Hyderabad, Pakistan) and in Qadriyya order from Shaykh Syed Zain ul-Abidin Shah Qadri (Nurai Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan). Mufti Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah ‘Alayh was Shahi Khatib of Fatehpuri Mosque, Delhi, India. He wrote extensively regards his great father and the following books on Mufti Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah ‘Alayh have been compiled: -
    • Mawa‘iz-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1969)
    • Fatawa-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1970)
    • Hayat-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1974)
    • Makatib-i-Mazhari (Vol.1, Karachi, 1969----Vol.1&2, Karachi, 1999)
    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed also wrote on the great Saint of the Naqshbandiyya order Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani Rahmatullah ‘Alayh: -
    • Seerat-i-Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani (Karachi, 1976)
    • Hadrat Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani Haalat ,Afkar aur Khidmat (Karachi, 1995)
    • The Influence of Shaykh Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani on Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (Karachi, 1996)
    • Mujaddidi-i-Hazara-i-Doam (Karachi, 1997)
    A huge collection of research papers/articles on Imam Rabbani Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani was compiled under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed under the auspices of Imam-i-Rabbani Foundation, Karachi with the title of “Jahan-i-Imam-i-Rabbani Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani” in eleven volumes which have been published.
    The respected Professor has also written on a diverse range of topics concerning Islamic ideology, some of his great works are: -
    • Shah Muhammad Ghaus Gawaliyari (Mirpurkhas, 1964)
    • Mauj-i-Khayal (Karachi, Bombay, 1977)
    • Tahrik-i-Azadi-i-Hind Aur Al-Sawad Al-Azam (Lahore, 1979)
    • Muhabat Ki Nishani (Karachi, Allahabad, 1980)
    • Adab-aur-Bey Adabi (Karachi, Lahore, 1984)
    • Aakhiri Paigham (Karachi, Peshawar, 1986)
    • Jashan-i-Baharan (Karachi, Lahore, 1988)
    • Jan-i-Janan (Karachi, 1989)
    • Jan-i-Iman (Lahore, 1989)
    • Murad-i-Rasul (Lahore, 1992)
    • Qayamat (Karachi, 1992)
    • Jan-i-Jaan (Karachi, 1993)
    • Maktubat-i-Qazi Ahmed (Karachi, 1997)
    • Tasawwar-i-Pakistan (Karachi, 1999).

    Many scholars of international fame have paid homage to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed and expressed excellent views about his academic and spiritual career. Yes! He is the personality on which separate research work is required. Al-Hamd-u-Lillah Dr. Ijaz Anjum Latifi of Manzar-i-Islam, Bareilly has completed his doctoral thesis on Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed from Bihar University (India) and was awarded his Ph.D. degree. The thesis has been published from Karachi (Pakistan) in 2003. Also Prof. Nabila Ishaq Choudry (Dept. of Urdu, Jami’ ‘Ayn al-Shams, Cairo) wrote an article on Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed, which was published from Cairo in 1999. Prof. Dr. Hazim Muhammad Ahmed Al-Mahfooz Al-Misry (Dept. of Urdu languages and translations, Al-Azhar University, Cairo) has started compiling a series of four books on the life and achievements of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed in the memory of the completion of seventy years of his age. The following scholars and writers have written biographies on him, which have been published: -

    • Prof. Dr. Syed Muhammad Arif, Tazkar-i-Mas‘ud [Appendix of Seerat-i-Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani (Karachi,1976, p.429-472)]
    • R.B. Mazhari, Jahan-i-Mas‘ud (Karachi, 1985)
    • Muhammad Abdul Sattar Tahir, Manzil-ba-Manzil (Hyderabad, 1991)
    • Ibid, Takhasusat-i-Mas‘udi-i-Millat (Lahore, 1994)
    • Ibid, Mas‘ud-i-Millat Aur Rizwiyyat (Karachi, 1994)
    • Dr. Ijaz Anjum Latifi, Dr. Mas‘ud Ahmed Hayat Aur Ilmi Aur Adabi Khidmat [(Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, India, 1997) (Karachi, 2002)]
    • Muhammad Masroor Ahmed, Masood-i-Millat Kay Athar-i-Ilmiyya (Karachi, 1997)
    • Prof. Nabila Ishaq Choudry, Imam Ahmed Riza Aur Mas‘ud-i-Millat (Cairo, Egypt, 1999)
    • <LI class=style22>Muhammad Abdul Sattar Tahir, Tizkar-i-Mas‘ud-i-Millat (Lahore, 1999) <LI class=style22>Dr. Abdul Naeem Azizi, Dr. Muhammad Mas‘ud Ahmed Ki Urdu Nasr Khidmat (Karachi, 2000) <LI class=style22>Muhammad Abdul Sattar Tahir, Maktubat-i-Mas‘udi (Letters of Condolence), (Karachi, 2002) <LI class=style22>Dr. Mufti Muhammad Mukarram Ahmed, Fazila al-Daktur Muhammad Masood Ahmed, Lamhat ‘An Hayatihi Wa Atharihi(Arabic) (Delhi, 2003)
    • Muhammad Abdul Sattar Tahir, Maktubat-i-Mas‘udi, Two volumes (Karachi, 2004)
    The eminent Professor and great Saint of the Naqshbandiyyah Order left this temporal abode on the 28th April, 2008 leaving behind a rich literary legacy. May ALLAHU TA‘ALA grant him a high station in Jannah (Aameen Suma Aameen).

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