Abdul Haq (Islamic scholar)
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مولانا عبد الحق
|1st Chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania|
23 September 1947 – 7 September 1988
|MNA for Peshawar Division|
14 April 1972 – 10 January 1974
26 March 1977 – 5 July 1977
20 March 1985 – 29 May 1988
|Born||11 January 1912
Akora Khattak, British India
|Died||7 September 1988
|Occupation||Islamic scholar, Politician, Teacher|
|Notable idea(s)||Darul Uloom Haqqania|
|Alma mater||Darul Uloom Deoband|
Honorary PhD in Divinity, University of Peshawar
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Darul Uloom Deoband, India
|Ideology and influences|
|Founders and key figures|
|Centres (markaz) of Tabligh|
Abdul Haq (Urdu: عبدالحق, Pashto: عبدالحق, ‘Abdul-Ḥaqq; 11 January 1912 – 7 September 1988) of Akora Khattak, sometimes referred to as Abdul Haq Akorwi (Urdu: عبدالحق اکوڑوی, ‘Abdul-Haqq Akoṛwī) was a Pakistani Islamic scholar and the founder, chancellor, and Shaykh al-Hadith of the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania. He was involved in politics as a member of the political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. He served three times in the National Assembly of Pakistan and was an active proponent of the Khatm-i Nabuwwat movement.
Abdul Haq completed his religious education in India at Darul Uloom Deoband. He taught at Deoband for four years until difficulties arose due to the independence of Pakistan. In 1947, he founded Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, one of the first Islamic seminaries to be established in Pakistan. He taught hadith at the madrasah for the rest of his life and was well known by the title "Shaykh al-Hadith".
Abdul Haq was born in the city of Akora Khattak, Peshawar District, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), British India, the son of Haji Maruf Gul, a local landlord, businessman, and religious scholar. According to family belief Abdul Haq was born in 1912 or 1914. Muhammad Akbar Shah Bukhari, however, writes in Akabir Ulama-i Deoband that he was born on "7 Muharram al-Haram 1327 AH, Sunday, corresponding to January 1910". This is an error since Sunday 7 Muharram 1327 corresponds to 31 January 1909, not 1910. Another source gives his date of birth as 7 Muharram 1330 AH (c. 29 December 1911). His nasab (patronymic) is given as follows: Shaykhul-Ḥadīs̱ Mawlānā ‘Abdul-Ḥaqq ibn Akhūnzādah al-Ḥājj Mawlānā Muḥammad Ma‘rūf Gul ibn Akhūnzādah al-Ḥājj Mawlānā Mīr Aftāb ibn Akhūnzādah Mawlānā ‘Abdul-Ḥamīd ibn Mawlānā ‘Abdur-Raḥīm Akhūnkhel ibn Mawlānā ‘Abdul-Wāḥid Akhūnkhel.
Abdul Haq received his early education from his parents. Then for elementary religious studies he was sent to nearby places in Peshawar, Mardan, and Chhachh. In Mardan he studied with Maulana Inayatullah and Maulana Abdul Jamil. Until the age of 16 he had studied locally the books up to Mulla Hasan. For higher studies he traveled further, studying first in madrasahs in Meerut, Amroha, Gulavati, and Calcutta before gaining admission to the prestigious Darul Uloom Deoband in Shawwal 1347 (March 1929). Abdul Haq writes of the difficulty he faced in admission, "I arrived at Deoband at such a time when the Bengali and Swati students had quarreled and there was no flexibility in admission policy for Pathan students. I also had to face the problem of admission."
He completed daurah of hadith, the final stage of the Dars-i Nizami curriculum, under the supervision of Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani, receiving his sanad-i faraghat (graduate degree) in 1352 AH (1933/1934). Other teachers included Maulana Rasul Khan Hazarvi, Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim Baliyawi, and Mufti Muhammad Shafi Deobandi.
Abdul Haq returned to Akora Khattak and, on the instruction of his father, opened a small madrasah in a mosque adjacent to his house in order to provide a basic and religious education to the children in the area. In 1937 he began a primary school which was inaugurated by Husain Ahmad Madani. Soon, the number of students increased and other teachers were appointed.
Maulana Abdul Haq was the founder member of Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University), New Delhi, India. He was elected as a member of foundation committee of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi which was headed by Sheikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan. Such committee has several other members such as Maulana Abdul Bari Farang Mahli, Maulana Mufti Kifayatullah, Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Maulana Hussein Ahmad Madani etc.
In 1947, Abdul Haq had returned to Akora Khattak during the Ramadan vacation. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, his father did not agree to him returning to Deoband, despite Madani's persuasion and promise of security. Consequently, Abdul Haq founded Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak on 23 September 1947. In the first year, many madrasah students who were unable to return to India came to Darul Uloom Haqqania to complete daurah of hadith with Maulana Abdul Haq. At first he was the sole teacher and had to teach all the books of the Dars-i Nizami curriculum himself, but over time the number of students grew and other teachers joined. Abdul Haq continued to teach hadith at the school until his death in 1988.
Abdul Haq was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in three consecutive elections, his election campaigns being led by his son, Sami ul Haq. In 1970, running on the JUI ticket, Abdul Haq was elected to the 5th National Assembly, defeating Ajmal Khattak of the National Awami Party and Nasrullah Khan Khattak of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In the 1977 general election, he was elected to the 6th National Assembly, running on the ticket of the Pakistan National Alliance, a nine-party alliance including JUI. He again defeated Nasrullah Khan Khattak, then Chief Minister of NWFP and provincial president of the PPP. He was elected to the 7th National Assembly in the 1985 general election, which was held on a non-party basis.
Khatme Nabuwwat movement
Abdul Haq was active in the Khatme Nabuwwat movement. In his lectures he stressed the importance of the concept of finality of prophethood and argued against the interpretations of Quranic verses and hadiths used by Qadianis to support their beliefs. He was one of the signatories of the resolution moved on 30 June 1974 in the National Assembly in support of declaring Qadianis as non-Muslims in Pakistan.
Soviet war in Afghanistan
When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Abdul Haq declared the Afghan resistance to be a jihad and an ideological struggle between Islam and communism. The fatwa stating this was issued by Darul Uloom Haqqania. Abdul Haq made monetary contributions in support of the Afghan Mujahideen and prayed for their success. On many occasions he expressed his desire to fight, but he was unable due to his old age and failing health.
Awards and achievements
In October 1978, Abdul Haq was awarded an honorary PhD in Divinity from the University of Peshawar for services rendered in the cause of Islam. In August 1981, he received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq, for his religious, educational, and scholarly achievements.
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