Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi

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Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi
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Born 24 November 1914
Raebareli, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
Died 31 December 1999 (aged 85)
Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma mater Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama[1]
Awards King Faisal International Prize[2] (1980)
Website abulhasanalinadwi.org
Era 20th Century
Region India
School Hanafi [1]
Main interests
Notable ideas
Islamic democracy, Interfaith dialogue[1]

Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi (24 November 1914 - 31 December 1999) also spelt Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadvi (affectionately 'Ali Miyan'[3]) was an Indian, Islamic scholar, and author of over fifty books in various languages.[4][5] He was one of the most important theorists of the revivalist movement.[6]


He was born on 24 November 1914 into a scholastic family. He received his early education at his home in Takia, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India. His mother initiated his early training in Quranic studies; he later entered formal education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu.

His father, Hakim Syed Abdul Hai, wrote an 8-volumes Arabic encyclopaedia called Nuzhat al Khawatir (biographical notices of more than 5,000 theologian and jurists of the Sub-continent).[7]

Nadwi received most of his advanced education at the Dar al-'Ulum of the Nadwat al-'Ulama in Lucknow.[8]


Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi primarily wrote in Arabic, although also in Urdu, and wrote more than fifty books on history, theology, and biography, and thousands of seminar papers, articles, and recorded speeches.[4][9] Most of his books in simple arabic come to fame by being taught in Al Azhar University.Books like 'Qisas ul nabieen'(Incidents of Prophets) and 'Al Qirat ur Rashida'(Best Literature) is being taught in most of the Islamic University. He also wrote a book " Sohbat-e- BaAhle Dil" based on Great Spiritual and Renowned Islamic Personality on Bhopal famously known as Peer Nanhe Mian Sahab".

His 1950 book Maza Khasiral Alam be Inhitat al-Muslimeen (lit. What did the world lose with the decline of Muslims?), translated into English as Islam and the World, was largely responsible for popularizing the concept of "modern Jahiliyya", coined by his teacher Abul Ala Maududi.[10] Expounding Mawdudi's views, Nadwi argued that Muslims were to be held accountable for their predicament, because they came to rely on alien, un-Islamic institutions borrowed from the West.[10] The Islamist author Syed Qutb commended Nadwi's writings for his use of the word jahiliyya to describe not a particular age in history (as earlier Muslim scholars did) but a state of moral corruption and materialism.[11]

Honours and awards[edit]

Access to the Kaabah[edit]

In 1951, during his second pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah the key-bearer of the Kaabah (Islam's holiest building), opened its door for two days and allowed Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi to take anyone he chose inside.

He was subsequently given the key to the Kaabah to allow him to enter whenever he chose during his pilgrimage.[17]


Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi died on 23 Ramadan, 1420 AH (December 31, 1999) in Raebareli, India at the age of 85.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "King Faisal International Prize". 
  3. ^ David Arnold, Stuart H. Blackburn, Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and Life History, p 127. ISBN 025321727X
  4. ^ a b Syed Ziaur Rahman, Maulana Ali Mian – Life, Works and Association with My Family, We and You (A monthly magazine), Aligarh, April 2000, p. 16-18
  5. ^ http://www.central-mosque.com/biographies/nadwi.htm
  6. ^ Ludwig W. Adamec (2009), Historical Dictionary of Islam, p.234. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810861615.
  7. ^ Sayed Khatab, The Political Thought of Sayyid Qutb: The Theory of Jahiliyyah, Routledge (2006), p. 207
  8. ^ Roxanne Leslie Euben, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden, p 107. ISBN 9780691135885
  9. ^ "The Great Muslims of the 20th Century India" By Mohsin Atique Khan
  10. ^ a b Eleanor Abdella Doumato (rev. Byron D. Cannon) (2009). "Jāhilīyah". In John L. Esposito. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Roxanne Leslie Euben, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden, p 108. ISBN 9780691135885
  12. ^ John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, p 226. ISBN 0195125592
  13. ^ Roxanne Leslie Euben, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden, p 110. ISBN 9780691135885
  14. ^ "Timeline". 
  15. ^ Roxanne Leslie Euben, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden, p 109. ISBN 9780691135885
  16. ^ "Sheikh Muhammad". 
  17. ^ "Ali Mian". July 19, 1999. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Miriam Cooke, Bruce B. Lawrence, Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop, p90. ISBN 0807876313

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