Ehsan Elahi Zaheer

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Islamic scholar
Ehsan Elahi Zaheer
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Born (1945-05-31)May 31, 1945
Sialkot, Pakistan

March 30, 1987(1987-03-30) (aged 41)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Buried-madinah al munawwarah, baqi al gharqad
Other names Ihsan Ilahi Zahir; Ehsaan.
Ethnicity Punjabi
Era Modern era
Region Pakistani scholar
Creed Ahle Hadith
Main interest(s) Salafism

Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (Urdu: احسان الہی ظہیر‎) (May 31, 1945 – March 30, 1987) was a Pakistani Islamic theologian and leader of the Ahl al-Hadith movement.[1][2] He was born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan and died from an assassin's bomb blast on 1987.



Ehsan Elahi Zaheer was born on Thursday, May 31, 1945, in the city of Sialkot in Pakistan to a prominent and wealthy Punjabi industrialist family with a history of involvement with the Ahl al-Hadith movement. He memorized the Qur'an at the age of 9 years.[citation needed]


He studied at Jamia Islamiyyah Gujranwala[citation needed] and at Jamia Salafiyyah[citation needed] in Faisalabad before leaving to study at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, where he studied under the Salafi scholars Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani and Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz.[citation needed]

During his final year of study at Medina Bin Baz asked him to deliver lectures, a very rare opportunity amongst attending students. Zaheer during his lifetime held various prominent posts within his country, and at one time was the adviser to the then Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, on Islamic affairs.[citation needed]


Ehsan Elahi Zaheer was reported to have fallen out of favour with the Government of General Zia ul Haq for his outspoken opposition to the Sharia Bill and the involvement of the Government agencies in the enforcement of Shariat Law in Pakistan.[citation needed] He had also criticized the politically influenced view of Islam propagated by Jamaat-e-Islami.[citation needed] Thus, it seems, he had fallen foul with virtually every force in Pakistan.

While giving a speech on the biography of Muhammad, a bomb which had been planted on the stage exploded eventually killing Zaheer[3] along with 18 attendees; 114 were seriously injured.[4] Of the death toll, nine were also scholars and teachers within the Salafi and Ahle Hadith movements.[5] Zaheer initially survived the blast and after initial treatment at the central hospital of Lahore, he was transferred for further medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

He died on 30 March 1987 after spending 22 hours in a Riyadh hospital in Saudi Arabia.


  • Al-Qadiyaniyyah, a refutation of Ahmadiyyah (1376 AH)[6]
  • Shiites and Sunnah (Ash-Shia Was-Sunnah)
  • Shiites and Ahlul Bait (Ash-Shia Wa-Ahlul-Bayt) (1403 AH), the third edition.
  • Shiites and the Koran (Ash-Shia Wal-Qur'an) (1403 AH), which includes over 12,000 narrations of the Shia
  • Ash-Shia wat-Tashia, another Shia refutation
  • Between Shiites and Sunnis '(Baynash-Shee'ah Wa Ahlus-Sunnah) in Persian, English and Thai.
  • A refutation book on Bábism and Bahaism (1975 CE).
  • at-Tassawuff al-Manshaa Wal-Masaadir, a refutation of the Sufis,
  • Al-Ismaa'eeliyyah, a refutation of Ismailism, contain about Ismaili history and doctrines (1405 AH)
  • al-Bareilwiyyah (1403 AH), a refutation of the Barelvi,
  • A explanation of Kitaab al-Waseelah of Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah,
  • Kitaab us-Salaah, Book of Prayer
  • Saffar Hijaaz,
  • Saqoot Dhaka
  • Respond adequately to the fallacies of Dr. Ali Abdul Wahid Wafi (1404 e)
  • Saffar Hijaaz


  1. ^ Ravinder Kaur, Religion, Violence and Political Mobilisation in South Asia, p 153. ISBN 0761934308
  2. ^ Roy, Olivier, The Failure of Political Islam, by Olivier Roy, translated by Carol Volk, Harvard University Press, 1994, p.118-9
  3. ^ Derrick M. Nault, Development in Asia: Interdisciplinary, Post-neoliberal, and Transnational Perspectives, p 184. ISBN 1599424886
  4. ^ Muhammad as-Saayim, Martyrs of the Islamic Da'wah During the 20th Century, Cairo: Daar-ul-Fadeelah, 1992, pg. 166
  5. ^ 'Abdul-Qaadir 'Abdul-Kareem, "Aggressive Attempts Made Against the Salafi Movement in Pakistan," Majallat ud-Da'wah (magazine), no. 1115, Monday November 9, 1987, pg.31
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