Maulana Hassan Jan
Maulana Hassan Jan Madani (Urdu:مولانا حسن جان مدنی ) was a Pakistani Islamic scholar. He was born on 6 January 1938 in Prang, Charsadda. He was Shaikhul-Hadith at Darwesh Masjid in Peshawar and used to deliver Friday sermons in the same mosque. He was also the vice president of Wifaqul-Madaras, the largest board of Islamic universities (Jamiat).
Maulana completed memorization (Hifz) of the Quran in masjid e nabavi in 3 months. He studied basic mathematics and Arabic grammar from his uncle. He later got admission at Anjuman Taleem-ul-Quran where he learnt basic Urdu and Islamiat. He then moved to Darul-uloom Utmanzai where he completed Dars-e-Nizami. After Dars-e-Nizami, he moved to Jamia Ashrafia Lahore, where he studied Hadith books from Hafiz Muhammad Idrees and Maulana Muhammad Rasool Khan Hazarvi. He got degree of Fazal-e-Deniat from Jamia Islamia Akora Khattak with distinction. On 11 June 1962 he moved to Madina for further studies at The Islamic University of al-Madinah al-Munawarah. He was awarded gold medal by the University of Peshawar in MA Islamiat for his distinction.
Maulana Hassan Jan used to deliver Friday sermon at Darwesh Mosque and people from all over Peshawar used to attend. For about 40 minutes he used to deliver the sermon and then for about half an hour he would answer questions of the audience. His sermons used to be in Pashto and in soft tone. He had a talent for presenting and explaining Islam in a simple manner. He also had a good sense of humor and his sermons would never get boring. Most of his speeches have been recorded and are available on audio cassettes and CDs.
Maulana was not a politician however he supported JUI.He was the teacher of maulana fazlurrahman, and loving maulana fazlurrahman very much. He contested the 1990 elections and defeated the then Awami National Party leader Abdul Wali Khan in his stronghold. He served as MNA for some time.
He has written some books.
- Ahsan ul Khabar
- Ahsan ul Bayaan
- Faani Zindagi kay chand Ayyaam
- Aoraad e Masnoona
On Saturday 17 September 2007 some unknown people came to him near Aftari time and requested him to go with them for Nikah-Khwani. He was assassinated at Wazir Bagh behind Janaz Ga (Funeral Prayer place) in the suburbs of Peshawar. It is believed that he was killed by the unknown persons may be for his moderate views, which included issuing fatwas against suicide bombings.
- Ground Report September 16, 2007
- Nishapuri, Abdul (July 28, 2012) Maulana Hassan Jan, a moderate Deobandi cleric killed by unknown persons lubpak.com
- Murshed, Mushfiq (2009-05-03) Uniting against militant ideology dawn.com