Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari

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Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari
شیخ محمد کرم شاہ الأزھری
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Born Muhammad Karam Shah
(1918-07-01)1 July 1918
Bhera, Pakistan
Died April 7, 1998(1998-04-07) (aged 79)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Al-Azhar University
Religion Sunni Islam, Hanafi Madhab
Children Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Hasanat Shah

Justice Diya al-'Ummah Hadhrat Shaykh Mawlana Mufti Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (Arabic: شیخ محمد کرم شاہ الأزهري‎), Sitara-e-Imtiaz, (1918–1998) was an eminent Sheykh (Spiritual Master) of tariqa Chistiyya and an Islamic (Sunni) scholar from Pakistan.


    • Tafsir Ziya’ al-Qur'an

The exegesis; Light of the Qur'an

    • Ziya’ an-Nabi

Light of the Prophet

    • Jamal al-Qur'an

The beauty of the Qur'an

    • Maqalat

The essays

    • Sunnat Khayr al-Anam

The Sunna of the Best of Creation

    • Sharh Qasida Atyab an-Nigham

Commentary of the poem; Purest of Poems

    • Majmu‘a Waza’if ma‘a Dala’il al-Khayrat

A collection of prayers with the means of goodness

Education According to his family mores his Quranic Education started with the following teachers:- Hafiz Dost Muhammad Sahib, Hafiz Mughal Sahib, Hafiz Baig Sahib, He started his Quranic Education from Hafiz Dost Muhammad Sahib he taught him few portion of Quran, he learned few from Hafiz Mughal and only some from Hafiz Baig Sahib. After completing Quran he used to recite before Hafiz Karam Ali. Hafiz Baig Sahib was blind he educated at various places, Hafiz Mughal Sahib belonged to Ahmad Abad of same vicinity he passed all his life teaching Quran. Hafiz Dost Muhammad Sahib taught Quran in this Hazoor Zia-ul-Ummat’s Chishtia Nizamia shrine for some time but shifted Lalyani and educated Quran there in a Local Mosque for the rest of his life. He was so simple natured person he worked of Quran Binding and it was only source of his earning. Hazoor Zia-ul-Ummat Pir Muhammad Karam Shah started his Quranic Education from such competent personalities; one who truly avoided worldly luxuries and served for religion should become Zia-ul-Ummat. He started his education from Mohammdia Ghousia Primary School in 1925. He was first student of this school. So according to this record, he was seven years old. It’s conceivable that he attended adjoined Dars-e-Quran of Durbar-e- Allia along with his Schooling. Master Barkhudar was his first teacher from School Teachers. He was Head Master of Mohammdia Ghousia School. His ancestral rural community was Chak Ram Das Tehsil Bhalwal District Sargodha. Those days “Pir Shah Sahib” belonged to Saroba or Tobha across the river worked as secretary of Langer Sharif (alms house) his mode of writing was excellent. Hazoor learned plank writing and furnished his mode of writing. At that time there were four classes in primary school. So accordingly he continued his education there from 1925 to 1929. After that he got admission in High School and passed his Matriculation Examination from Government High School Bhera in 1936. The following were his School Teachers who immensely inspired Hazoor. Mr. Zafar Ahmed Chaudry Sahib, Chaudry Jahandad Sahib, Mr.Farman Shah Sahib, Qazi Muhammad Siddique Sahib, Sheikh Muhammad Khurshid Ahmad Sahib. Hazoor Zia-ul-Ummat stated “I was going through Mohala Pir Azam Shah near the street of “Takhat Posh Mosque”. I met Maulana Muhammad Qasim Balakoti on the way. I asked him that “I want you to teach me, which book should I bring.” he replied” Pand Nama”. I was present with the book next day and respected teacher started my teaching with Persian. I studied following books from Maulana Muhammad Qasim Balakoti Persian: Kareema, Pind Nama, Massdar-e-Fiyuz, Naam-e-Haq,Arabic Grammer: Complete Surf and Nahav till Kafia. After Maulana Muhammad Qasim Balakoti, Maulana Abdul Hameed Sahib was contacted who belonged to Khattiala Sheikhan. He was teaching in Jamia Mosque. He taught me few lessons commencing Kafia in adjacent mosque of Durbar Baba Mojdeen (AR) after Zohar Prayer. The above stated mosque had been reconstructed. This mosque is adjoined with Bus Stand. At that time this mosque was a bit far away from settlement but now its in urban area and it’s so populated. Children have been taught five time prayers, Friday address and prayers performed there. How much its blessing of God that. Hazrat Zia-ul-Ummat acquired knowledge from his teacher in a far off mosque. Today just as gratitude to that beneficence his students are performing the duties of immamat in Mosques for Friday prayers and five time prayers. Afterwards Maulana was called on to Durbar Sharif. Hazrat Zia-ul-Ummat studied these books from Maulana Abdul Hameed Sahib. “Alfia, Sharaha-e- Jamie, Magazines of Mantaq (logic), Qutbi, Mir Qutbi, Mabzi, Maula Hassan and Sanjani. Its the duration of two years when he was stating about these two years his expressions were not worthy mentionable for that duration. He stated that he studied these books from Maulana, but longing were not still ended. After Maulana Abdul Hameed Sahib, Scholar of Manatiqa Hazrat Maulana Din Sahib of Badhu near Wah Cant honoured Dar-ul-Uloom Mohammdia Ghousia as teacher. It should be clear that Hazrat Ameer Jundullah (RA) when started Mohammdia Ghousia Primary School along with that inaugurated a religious institute “Dar-ul-Uloom Mohammdia Ghousia Various students used to come there according to that time. Maulana Noor Muhammad Ayubi, Qari Fazal Din Sahib, Maulana Abdul Karim Sahib Abdalvi, Maulana Hakeem Khalil-ur-Rehman Rizvi, all these scholars and a lot of others benefited from this Institute. In consistence with that time same situation was with teachers, those people who expressed their desire and affection for knowledge, teachers honored them and in accordance with their necessity stayed there. In these circumstances Maulana Budhavi was invited. Hazrat Zia-ul-Ummat studied from master of Almunatiqia. Mullah Hassan, Mir Zahid, Mullah Jalal, Hamdullah, Qazi Mumbarik, Salam-ul-Aloom, Saddra, Shams Bazigha, Mukhtasir-ul-Mauni, Mutawul, Muntaq, and Philosophy. Maulana Budhavi was an expert scholar. His lecturing style was remarkable. He strictly avoided irrelevant discussion. The thirst that Hazoor was feeling from last two years now it was satisfied. Hazrat Zia-ul-Ummat stated about Maulana Budhavi that he was so exquisite. He did not only wear spotless dresses himself but also instructed his students to do that. Hazoor stated “the teachers who influenced my life so much, he was one of them.” As he started teaching me then he said to my respected father” give me money, I would buy dresses for my student myself.” He gave ten rupees to respected teacher. He bought three suits, one hankie and one pair of shoes and tailored these dresses from first class tailor master Abdullah. Then said to me if I watched any stain or ink spot on your dress, then I would ask you. He stated one day I kept my pen in my pocket, that pen spotted my pocket. Time was so short, so new dress could not get ready. It was noon when I started washing out the spot. I did my best it just faded but it was not cleared out thoroughly. I was nervous how I would confront respected teacher. I tied my handkerchief on my head and let loose its one curve on my pocket. This way I concealed the mark and studied my lesson.

This statement we could might sight presumption on one side that how much exquisite and sensitive was the teacher and compliance of student on the other side as well. Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Mehmood of Piplan Sharif was replaced with Maulana Muhammad Din Sahib. Hazoor affirmed that he never delivered any lecture without study. He investigated about each word. He was so simple natured. He stayed there for one year and taught these books. Literature: Hammasa, Mutabana Fiqah: Hadaiya Sharif Logics: Mathematics, Askar, Rabi-al-Majeed, Astronomy


"Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (1918-1998)". Pakistan Post. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

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