Muhammad Abdul Wahhab

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Muhammad Abdul Wahhab
حاجی عبد الوہاب
Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan
In office
Assumed office
1992
Preceded by Haji Muhammad Bashir
Born (1923-01-01) January 1, 1923 (age 93)[1]
Delhi, British India
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Islamic preacher
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Movement Tablighi Jamaat
Main interest(s) Da'wah
Alma mater Islamia College

Haji Muhammad Abdul Wahhab (Urdu: حاجی محمد عبد الوہاب‎, Ḥājī Muḥammad ‘Abdul-Wahhāb; born January 1, 1923) is 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 1922. He originally hails from Karnal District.[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,[2] and was influenced by Abdul Qadir Raipuri (1878–1962).[2]

Career[edit]

Tabligh Jamaat[edit]

Abdul Wahhab joined the Tabligh Jamaat during the life of its founder, Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. His first day at Nizamuddin was in 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.[2] 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.[2] He is based at Raiwind Markaz, the movement's headquarters in the country, where he heads a shura (council). He is also a member of the movement's alami shura (world council) based in Nizamuddin, Delhi, India.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

Reception[edit]

As of the 2014/2015 issue, he is 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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab". The Muslim 500. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Asim, Mahmood (21 March 2014). "Demise of Tablighi Jamaat Ameer spread sadness among Muslims". TwoCircles.net. 
  4. ^ 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). 
  5. ^ "Third session of Taliban committee: consultations among TTP factions underway". Dunya News. 1 Feb 2014. 
  6. ^ 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). 
  7. ^ "Amir Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab". The Muslim 500. Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.