Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib

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Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib
محمدأسد الله الغالب
ড. মুহাম্মাদ আসাদুল্লাহ আল-গালিব
Born (1948-01-15) 15 January 1948 (age 71)
Bularati, Satkhira, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
RegionSouth Asia
DenominationAhle Hadith/Salafi
MovementAhle Hadith
Notable work(s)Tafsirul Quran; Seeratur Rasul (SM); Ahlehadeeth Movement: Origin and the Development, with special reference to South Asian region; Salatur Rasul (SM); Nobider Kahini (Series-1,2,3)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
University of Rajshahi
OccupationProfessor of the department of Arabic at University of Rajshahi (1980–2016)
Muslim leader

Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib (Arabic: د.محمد اسد الله الغالب; Bengali: ড. মুহাম্মাদ আসাদুল্লাহ আল-গালিব; born 15 January 1948) is a Bangladeshi reformist Islamic scholar and former professor of Arabic at the University of Rajshahi. He is the leader of a puritan Islamic movement Ahl-i Hadith Andalon Bangladesh (AHAB).[1][2] He is also the founder of an Islamic research journal, Monthly At-tahreek.[3]

On 23 February 2005, Bangladesh government arrested him following allegations of leading the Islamic militants.[4][5][6] He was further alleged to have received funding from the Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage.[7][8] However, he denied any involvement with Islamic militancy[9][10][11][12] and was freed from jail on 28 August 2008.[13][14][15] Finally, he received acquittal from all the charges.[16][17][18][19][20]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in 1948 in the village Bularati, located in Satkhira District, Bangladesh. His father Ahmad Ali (1883-1976 A.D) was an Islamic scholar and leader of the Ahlehadeeth.

He passed the Dakhil, Alim and Fazil public examinations from Kakdanga Senior Madrasha, Satkhira, Bangladesh. In 1969 he passed the Kamil (Muhaddith) examination from Aramnagar Alia Madrasa, Jamalpur, Bangladesh. He passed all examinations in the First Division. He secured the 16th place in Alim and 5th place in Kamil examination of the then Madrasha Education Board of the East Pakistan.

He got his I.A. from Kalaroa, Govt. College, Satkhira, Bangladesh; B.A. from Majid Memorial City College, Khulna, Bangladesh and in 1976 M.A. in Arabic from the department of Arabic at the University of Dhaka, securing First Class First position. Lastly, he got Ph.D. Degree from the University of Rajshahi on 20 August 1992 by submitting a dissertation on 'Ahl-i-Hadeeth Movement: Origin and the Development; with special reference to South Asian region.[1]


He served as a teacher in Jamia Muhammdia Arabia Madrasha at North Jatrabari, Dhaka. After passing the M.A. examination, he joined the "Institute of Modern Languages" at the University of Dhaka, as a part-time Lecturer on 25 September 1980.

The same year on 10 December, he joined as a Lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies in University of Rajshahi. When the department was separated in 1995, he remained in the department of Arabic until his retirement as a professor in 2016. He attended many international seminars and conferences as a guest speaker in different countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.[1]

Founded organisations[edit]

He founded various religious, educational and non-profit social welfare organizations in Bangladesh.[14][21]

  1. Ahlehadeeth Andolon Bangladesh (Ahlehadeeth Movement Bangladesh) – A national Ahlehadeeth organisation, Founded on Friday, 23 September 1994.
  2. Bangladesh Ahlehadeeth Jubo Shangha – A youths' wing of Ahlehadeeth Movement Bangladesh, founded on 5 February 1978.
  3. Bangladesh Ahlehadeeth Mahilla Songstha - A ladies' wing of Ahlehadeeth Movement Bangladesh, Founded on 7 June 1981.
  4. Tawheed Trust (Regd) – A registered non-profit social welfare well-known organization, which is based in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, opened on 5 September 1989.
  5. Salafiyah Trust (Regd) - A registered social welfare organization, founded in 2002.
  6. Hadeeth Foundation Bangladesh – A renowned Islamic research foundation with Darul Ifta and publishing house, founded on 15 November 1992.
  7. Islamic Complex - Founded in 2010.
  8. Monthly at-Tahreek – An Islamic research journal, directed to the Salafi path, based on pure Tawheed and Saheeh (authentic) Sunnah, that presents the real teaching of the Quran and authentic Hadith; first published in September 1997.[3]
  9. Sonamoni - A children's wing of Ahlehadeeth Movement Bangladesh, founded in 1994.
  10. Pather Alo Foundation - A national project for orphans, sightless, disabled and neglected people, founded in 2009.


In 2005, in conjunction with the protests led by the chief cleric, Ubaidul Haq, he led a huge protest in Rajshahi to condemn the series of bombings.[22]


He wrote books on subjects including religion, education, society, politics and literature. His research articles in various languages, published in different journals and periodicals at home and abroad, are more than 500. Alongside them, he supervised many academic research works. His published books number over 40. He is known for the meticulous research behind his works.[23]


On 22 February, he was arrested on suspicion of militancy. On the same day, he was arrested in three cases. He denied all allegations against him and claimed that the motive was political. After a long three and a half years in prison, he was finally released on 27 August. He was later acquitted in all cases.[24]

List of works[edit]

  1. Tafsirul Quran (The Interpretation of the Glorious Quran) - 2013
  2. Seeratur Rasul (SM) - March 2015. It is a full biography of Muhammad.
  3. Ahleadeeth Movement: Origin and the Development; with special reference to South Asian region Ph.D thesis - February 1996
  4. Ahlehadeeth Andolon: Ki O Keno (Ahlehadeeth Andolon:What and Why) [Bangla] - July 1979
  5. Ahlehadeeth Andolon: What and Why (English) - 2012
  6. Daa'wat o Jihad - March 1993
  7. Masail-I Qurbani O 'Aakika - July 1987
  8. Milad Prasongga - October 1986
  9. Shobe Barat - March 1990
  10. AARbi Qaedah - March 1997
  11. Salatur Rasul (SM) (Bangla) - 1998
  12. Salatur Rasul (SM) (English) - 2010[25]
  13. Talaq O Tahlil - February 2001
  14. Hajj O Umrah (Hajj and Umrah) - November 2001
  15. Aakida Islamiah - March 2000
  16. Udatto Aahban (The Clarion Call) - March 1993
  17. Islami khilafat o Nettritto Nirbachon - March 2003
  18. Iqamate Din: Path o Paddhoti - March 2004
  19. Hadeeth-er Pramanikota - March 2004
  20. Aasurae Muharram o Aamader Karanio - March 2004
  21. Shamaj Biplober Dhara - November 1986
  22. Tinti Motobad - January 1987
  23. Naitik vitti O Prastabana - March 1993
  24. Dhormoniropekkhota (Secularism) - 1996
  25. Insane Kamel (The Perfect Person) - February 2009
  26. Sabi O Murti (Images and Idolls) - January 2010
  27. Nobider Kahini - 1 (The Lives of Prophets - 1) - March 2010[26]
  28. Nobider Kahini - 2 (The Lives of Prophets - 2) - December 2010
  29. Naiti Prasner Uttar (Nine Questions and Its Answers) (translated from Arabic) - August 2010
  30. Jihad o Qital (Jihad and War) - 2013
  31. Firqah Najiah - 2013
  32. Jibon Darshan (Horizons of Life) - 2013. It is a selected editorial collection of his regarding various aspects of human life, that was published in the monthly At-tahreek at different times.
  33. Dik Darshan (Horizons of Life) - 2016. Another set of selected editorials of Galib, regarding religion, education, society, literature, culture, politics, economics and various national and Global issues, including the Muslim world. These editorials were published in the monthly At-tahreek at different times.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ahlehadeeth Andalon Bangladesh (AHAB)
  2. ^ আহলেহাদীছ আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ. (in Bengali). Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b মাসিক আত-তাহরীক - জানুয়ারী ২০১৬. (in Bengali). Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. ^ Rahman, Waliur (23 February 2005). "Police hold Bangladesh professor". BBC News.
  5. ^ "Bangladeshi professor arrested as militant". United Press International. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  6. ^ Routray, Bibhu Prasad (2 March 2005). "Bangladesh steps out of denial cocoon". Asia Times.
  7. ^ Montero, David (7 September 2005). "How extremism came to Bangladesh". The Christian Science Monitor.
  8. ^ "Ghalib, 3 other Ahle Hadith leaders held". News From Bangladesh. 24 February 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh brings 15 Islamists to court". United Press International. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  10. ^ McCullough, Dundas C. (16 February 2006). "Contrasting Local Views on Dr. Ghalib". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 06DHAKA867_a. Retrieved 2 February 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ McCullough, Dundas C. (3 March 2005). "Arrested Dr. Galib: Terrorist or Dupe?". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 05DHAKA914. Retrieved 2 February 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Ahlehadeeth denies militant links". The Independent. Dhaka. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Ahle Hadith Andolon chief Ghalib freed on bail". The Financial Express. Dhaka. 30 August 2013. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Militant kingpin Galib freed on bail". The Daily Star. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Alleged militant kingpin Ghalib out on bail". 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Dr Galib, 17 others relieved from bomb attack case". UNB. 26 July 2005 – via Infotrac Newsstand.
  17. ^ "Galib, 5 others acquitted". The Daily Star. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  18. ^ "The Daily Karatoa :: Online Edition". Retrieved 2 February 2016.[dead link]
  19. ^ Ali, Anwar (17 February 2005). "RU teacher with 'militant link' operates in 42 districts". The Daily Star.
  20. ^ "AOL On". Retrieved 2 February 2016.[dead link]
  21. ^ "Ahle Hadith". Probe News. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Thousands raise hands to almighty during jumma to get rid of suicide bombings". 8 December 2005. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Salatur Rasool (SM) by মুহাম্মদ আসাদুল্লাহ আল-গালিব". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  24. ^ "Police hold Bangladesh professor". BBC News. 23 February 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  25. ^ "SALATUR RASOOL (SM) -Information about Salat". Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  26. ^ নবীদের কাহিনী- মুহাম্মাদ আসাদুল্লাহ আল-গালিব. (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  27. ^ আহলেহাদীছ আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ - প্রকাশনা কার্যক্রম. (in Bengali). Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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