Muhammad Abdul Wahhab

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Rao Muhammad Abdul Wahhab
حاجی راو محمد عبد الوہاب
Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan
In office
1992 – November 18, 2018
Preceded byHaseeb Nazar
Born(1923-01-01)1 January 1923[1]
Delhi, British India
Died18 November 2018(2018-11-18) (aged 95)[2]
Lahore, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
OccupationIslamic preacher
ReligionIslam
DenominationDeobandi
JurisprudenceHanafi
MovementTablighi Jamaat
Main interest(s)Da'wat
Alma materIslamia College

Rao Muhammad Abdul Wahhab (Urdu: حاجی راو محمد عبد الوہاب‎, Ḥājī Muḥammad ‘Abdul-Wahhāb (1 January 1923 – 18 November 2018[2]) was an Islamic preacher and the Ameer of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan.

Early years and education[edit]

Muhammad Abdul Wahhab was born in Delhi, British India, in 1923. He originally hailed from Karnal District. He belonged to Rajput (Rao) Tribe.[citation needed] He attended Islamia College, Lahore. After graduation he worked as a tehsildar in pre-partition India. In his youth he also worked for Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam,[3] and was influenced by Abdul Qadir Raipuri (1878–1962).[3] He was the president of Majlis-e-Ahrar Burewala.

Career[edit]

Tabligh Jamaat[edit]

Abdul Wahhab joined the Tabligh Jamaat during the life of its founder, Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. He arrived at Nizamuddin markaz on the 1st of January 1944. He got the sohbah of Maulana Ilyas for six months.[dubious ][citation needed] He left his job to devote his time and effort to the Jamaat, and he was one of the first five people in Pakistan who offered their entire life for doing Tabligh work.[3] He was a direct companion of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi, Yusuf Kandhlawi, and Inamul Hasan Kandhlawi.[citation needed]

Muhammad Shafi Quraishi (1903–1971) was the first regular amir of the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan; he was succeeded by Haji Muhammad Bashir (1919–1992). Abdul Wahhab succeeded Bashir as the third regular amir for Pakistan.[3] He was based at Raiwind Markaz, the movement's headquarters in the country, where he headed a shura (council). He was also a member of the movement's alami shura (world council) based in Nizamuddin, Delhi, India.[4]

Negotiations with Pakistani Taliban[edit]

In October 2013 it was reported that the name of Haji Abdul Wahhab was suggested to head a Loya Jirga in preparation for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.[5] In February 2014 it was reported that during consultations with a committee, TTP commanders of different factions recommended that the names of Haji Abdul Wahhab, Maulana Sami'ul Haq, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, and other leaders be added in the government peace committee.[6][7]

Reception[edit]

As of the 2014/2015 issue, he was ranked #10 in The Muslim 500, a list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, due to his worldwide influence as a leading figure of the Tablighi Jamaat.[8]

Death and funeral[edit]

Haji Abdul Wahab died on November 18, 2018 from dengue fever in Lahore. He was buried in a graveyard adjacent to Tableeghi Markaz (Headquarter) at Raiwind on the same day. About two million people attended the funeral [9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab(Rajput Chohan) from Saharanpur India". The Muslim 500. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Tableeghi Jamaat Ameer Haji Abdul Wahab passes away". thenews.pk. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Hafiz Safwan Muhammad. An Introduction to the Personalities. In Muhammad Manzur Nu'mani (2001) [Urdu book first published 1949]. Words and Reflections of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas. Translated by Hafiz Safwan Muhammad from Malfuzat-i Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas.
  4. ^ Asim, Mahmood (21 March 2014). "Demise of Tablighi Jamaat Ameer spread sadness among Muslims". TwoCircles.net.
  5. ^ Shabab, Rehmat Ullah (27 Oct 2013). "حکومت کا طالبان سے مذاکرات کی تیاری ، تجاویز کیلئے لویہ جرگہ بلانے کا فیصلہ، لویہ جرگہ کی صدارت کیلئے تبلیغی مبلغ حاجی عبدالوہاب کا نام تجویز". Urdu Point (in Urdu).
  6. ^ "Third session of Taliban committee: consultations among TTP factions underway". Dunya News. 1 Feb 2014.
  7. ^ Shabab, Rehmat Ullah (1 Feb 2014). "کالعدم تحریک طالبان کے تین رکنی مشاورتی کمیٹی کے اجلاسوں کا سلسلہ اج تیسرے روز بھی جاری رہا". BBC Urdu (in Urdu).
  8. ^ "Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab". The Muslim 500. Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
  9. ^ "Tableeghi Jamaat Ameer Haji Abdul Wahab laid to rest in Raiwind". Geo News. 18 Nov 2018.
  10. ^ "Tableeghi Jamaat Ameer Haji Abdul Wahab laid to rest". The News. 18 Nov 2018.