Mufti Mahmud

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Maulana Mufti Mehmood
Politician, Minister
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
Preceded by Sardar Bahadur Khan
Succeeded by Inayatullah Khan Gandapur
Secretary General of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F)
In office
Preceded by Maulana Abdullah Darkhawasti
Personal details
Born 1919
Kulachi, Abul Khel, Dera Ismail Khan District
Died 1980 (aged 61)
Karachi, Sindh
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
Other political
Jamiat Ulema-e-hind (Ex. Member)
Children Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman
Maulana Lutf ur Rehman
Occupation Politician, Scholar, Teacher

Maulana Mufti Mehmood (Pashto: مولانا مفتى محمود‎), (1919–1980) was a member of Indian National Congress party, and one of the founding members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) in Pakistan.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in January 1919, he was an ethnic Marwat Pashtun from Abdul Khel, Dera Ismail Khan District. He received his religious education from Jamia Qasimiya in Moradabad, India. In 1941, he worked as a teacher in Isakhel, Mianwali. He was a militant activist of the Indian National Congress, participating in the Indian Independence Movement in the 1940s. He opposed the idea of partition and campaigned against the Muslim League.[1]

In Pakistan[edit]

He worked as a teacher in Madrassa Qasim-ul-Uloom in Multan, Punjab in 1950. Later in his career, he held positions of Chief Mudarras in charge of Education, Chief Mufti, Sheikh-ul-Hadith and Muhtamim. He issued at least 25,000 Fatawa in his lifetime.[1] He opposed President Ayub Khan's 'One Unit Scheme'. Mufti Mahmud participated in the elections for the National Assembly for the first time under Ayub Khan's 'Basic Democracy Program' and defeated all his opponents in 1962.[1]

  • On 8 January 1968, in Dacca, then in East Pakistan, Mufti Mahmud was one of the key leaders of Jamhoori Majlis-e-Amal that opposed Ayub Khan's regime.
  • In the 1970 General Elections, Mufti Mahmud had a landslide victory against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the Dera Ismail Khan constituency.[1]

After the 1970 General Elections in Pakistan, he became the president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam founded by Shabir Ahmed Usmani. His party went into a coalition with the National Awami Party & Pakistan Peoples Party for the 1970 General Elections. In the 1970s, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam received significant funding from Saudi Arabia.[2]

On 1 March 1972, he was elected as the Chief Minister of the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa during the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime in Pakistan. He, along with his cabinet, resigned in protest at the dismissal of the NAP - JUI (F) coalition government in Balochistan on 14 February 1973.[1]

  • During his tenure as Chief Minister, he introduced many reforms:
Forbidding use of alcohol, announcing Urdu as the official language in Government offices, ban on interest in financial transactions and declared Friday as the official holiday in his province.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died on 14 October 1980 in Karachi, Sindh. He was buried in his hometown Abdul Khel, Paniala, Dera Ismail Khan District. His son Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman is a notable politician now and heads the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party in Pakistan.[3]


Books by him[edit]

  • Tafsīr-i Maḥmūd, translation of and commentary on the Qur'an, in 3 volumes
  • Fatāvʹa Muftī Maḥmūd, his fatwas, in 11 volumes
  • Az̲ān-i saḥar : Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd ke inṭerviyuz aur taqārīr kā majmūʻah, collected speeches and interviews
  • K̲h̲ut̤bāt-i Maḥmūd : majmūʻah-yi taqārīr-i mufakkir-i Islām, Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd, collection of his speeches

Books about him[edit]

  • Savāniḥ-i ḥayāt: Muftī Maḥmūd, vazīr-i aʻlá-yi Sarḥad, janral sekraṭrī Jamʻiyat-i ʻUlamāʼ-yi Islām, Pākistān by Z̈iyāʼurraḥmān Fārūqī, 1972
  • Muftī Maḥmūd kī siyāsat by Nūrulḥaq Quraishī, 1974
  • Maulānā Mufti Mahmūd by Naʻim Āsī, 1977
  • Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd ... kī siyāsī zindagī by Gul Nāyāb K̲h̲ān Citrālī, 2002
  • Mufakkir-i Islām, qāʼid-i Islāmī inqilāb Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd ... ek darvesh siyāsatdān by Sayyid Anvar Qidvāʼī, 2003
  • Savāniḥ qāʼid-i millat Ḥaẓrat Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd by ʻAbdulqayyūm Ḥaqqānī, 2003
  • Muftī Maḥmūd kā daur-i ḥukūmat by Ashfāq Hāshmī, 2004
  • Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd ke ḥairat angez vāqiʻāt by Momin K̲h̲ān ʻUs̲mānī, 2009
  • Muftī-yi Aʻẓam Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd kī ʻilmī, dīnī aur siyāsī k̲h̲idmāt by ʻAbdulḥakīm Akbarī, 2010
  • Afkār-i Maḥmūd : Shaik̲h̲ulhind Maulānā Maḥmūd Ḥasan va mufakkir-i Islām Maulānā Muftī Maḥmūd kī ḥayāt o k̲h̲idmāt kā ḥasīn tazkirah by Muḥammad Fārūq Quraishī, 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g, Profile of Mufti Mahmud on website, Updated 5 Jan 2009, Retrieved 23 Jan 2017
  2. ^ Halverson, Jeffry R. (2010). Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam: The Muslim Brotherhood, Ash'arism, and Political Sunnism. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 118. ISBN 9781137473578. By the 1970s, the JUI, under the leadership of Mawlana Mufti Mahmud (d. 1980) was a chief recipient of the aforementioned Wahhabite-Athari support from the Gulf monarchies, chiefly Saudi Arabia.
  3. ^, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 17 November 2014, Retrieved 23 January 2017

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sardar Bahadur Khan
Chief Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1972 – 1973
Succeeded by
Inayatullah Gandapur
Party political offices
Preceded by
Maulana Abdullah Darkhawasti
Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
1968 – 1980
Succeeded by
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman