Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri

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Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri
شاہ سعید احمد رائپوری
Born January 1926
Gumthala, District Karnal, India
Died September 26, 2012(2012-09-26) (aged 86)
Lahore, Pakistan
Resting place

Gulzar-e-Saeedia Rahimia

Near Rahimia Institute of Quranic Sciences, Lahore
Occupation Islamic scholar, Sufi Sheikh, Author
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Main interest(s) Shah Waliullah's Philosophy
Notable work(s) Social Change
Disciple of Abdul Qadir Raipuri, Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi, Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalvi

Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri (Urdu: شاہ سعید احمد رائپوری‎, January 1928 – 26 September 2012[1][2][3]) was the spiritual heir of Khanqah-e-Rahimia Raipur, India and a contemporary authority of Shah Waliullah’s thought. He was among prominent disciples of Maulana Shah Ilyas Kandhalvi, founder of Tablighi Jamaat and Sheikh-ul-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya. Rising above practical politics,[4] on the basis of the thought of Shah Waliullah, Sheikh-ul-Hind Maulana Mahmood-ul-Hasan, Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri, Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, he established JTI in 1967. Under his supervision, a journal named "Azm (عزم)" was launched in 1974 which is still being published. In 1987, he established an organization "Tanzeem Fikr-e-Waliullahi" based on the philosophical works of Shah Waliullah. He established "Shah Waliullah Media Foundation" to publish literature based on Waliullahi philosophy. He also established Rahimia Institute of Quranic Sciences, Lahore in 2001. There are currently four other campuses of Rahimia Institute of Quranic Sciences in Karachi, Sukkur, Multan and Rawalpindi.[5] Thousands of youth are associated with the institute through the organization of seminars and other events.[6]

In 1992, he was appointed the successor of his father Shah Abdul Aziz Raipuri.


Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri was the eldest son of Shah Abdul Aziz Raipuri. He started to learn from Abdul Qadir Raipuri when he was 5 years old and spent thirty years of his life with him.[citation needed] During 1947 and 1948, he studied in Madrasa Mazahiral Uloom.[citation needed] Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri was the fourth Sheikh after Shah Abdul Rahim Raipuri (1853-1919), who was himself a Naqshbandi Pir born in Tigri, Ambala, India. Shah Abdul Rahim Raipuri established Khanqah-i-Aliya Rahimia in Raipur which, later on, became one of the leading centres of Deobandi learning. Like many of Abdul Rahim's successors, Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri replicated it in Lahore by the name of Idara Rahimia Ulum-i-Qurania in 2001.[5] The network of Nizam ul Madaris ur Rahimia is very extensive with innumerable madaris (religious schools) affiliated with it throughout Pakistan.[4][7]


He was a Muslim Sufi, scholar and thinker, known for the reformist, revolutionary and progressive ideology. Here are some of his quotes:[8]

  • If rulers are unworthy and rights of humanity violated, then work for a revolution to offset decadence.
  • Allah ordered the Prophet (peace be upon him) to eradicate tyranny from society, to help oppressed people, and to free all people of the world from oppression and injustice.
  • The purpose and ideology of the Quran is to worship Allah and eradicate injustice from this world and give freedom to the oppressed. It is the divine order of the Quran to eradicate poverty, establish peace, and put an end to an environment of war and fighting. It is the divine order of the Quran to fulfil the rights of your wives, children, parents, brothers and sisters, relatives, and neighbours, and going even further, the Quran enjoins upon us to fulfil the rights of all humanity.
  • Namaz was supposed to create Walis. Instead, nowadays, we see that the traits of people offering the same Namaz are that of tyrants and evil doers.
  • Allah says that Namaz is my right and I can forgive my right. But lying, slandering, harming others – these are the rights of the men (Haqooq-ul-Ibad).

Political Efforts[edit]

  • He strongly opposed Pakistan's American sponsored and CIA backed clandestine involvement in Soviet–Afghan War and openly criticized. At the time when most of the political-religious leaders and religious parties were supportive of Pakistan's role in so called Afghan Jihad , he was of the opinion that Muslims were being used as a fuel for this war and South Asia would bear serious repercussions as a result.
  • He was a strong critic of Kashmir Jihad waged through private armies and Jihadi groups. He was of the opinion that "if Pakistan could be created through non-violent and non-militant political struggle, table talks and dialogue, then why Kashmir Conflict cannot be resolved without proxy war.
  • He never recognized Taliban regime in Afghanistan as a legitimate Islamic and democratic regime and openly criticized it.

Janasheen, Khulafah and Mujazeen (جانشین، خلفاہ اورمجازین)[edit]

  1. Maulana Mufti Abdul Khaliq Azad, Lahore, Pakistan.
  2. Maulana Mufti Saeed ur Rahman, Multan, Pakistan.
  3. Maulana Mufti Abdul Mateen Naumani, Burewala, Pakistan.
  4. Maulana Mufti Abdul Ghani Qasmi, Lahore, Pakistan.
  5. Maulana Mufti Abdul Qadeer, Chishtian, Pakistan.
  6. Maulana Mufti Muhammad Mukhtar Hassan, Nowshera, Pakistan.
  7. Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Mewati, Mewat, India.
  8. Maulana Mufti Abdul Salam, Muradabad, India.
  9. Maulana Muhammad Akhtar, Saharanpur, India.
  10. Maulana Muhammad Afzal, Saudi Arabia.
  11. Maulana Mufti Muhammad Ashraf Atif, Saudi Arabia.
  12. Maulana Sahebzada Syed Rasheed Ahmed, DI Khan, Pakistan.
  13. Syed Matloob Ali Zaidi, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  14. Dr. Liaquat Ali Shah, Sukkur, Pakistan.
  15. Maulana Qazi Muhammad Yousuf, Hassan Abdal, Pakistan.
  16. Maulana Dr. Taj Afsar, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  17. Maulana Muhammad Nasir Abdul Aziz, Jhang, Pakistan.
  18. Maulana Abdullah Abid Sindhi, Shikarpur, Sindh, Pakistan.
  19. Sahebzada Abdul Qadir Deenpuri, Bahawalnagar, Pakistan.
  20. Maulana Muhammad Ashraf Unar, Hyderabad, Pakistan.
  21. Haji Muhammad Bilal Baloch, Kazi Ahmed, Pakistan.
  22. Maulana Mufti Muhammad Anwar Shah, Quetta, Pakistan.
  23. Hafiz Zafar Hayat, Murree, Pakistan.
  24. Sofi Haji Muhammad Sarwar Jameel, Lahore, Pakistan.
  25. Haji Muhammad Yousuf Jawed, Arifwala, Pakistan.
  26. Haji Yaqoob Ali, Haroonabad, Pakistan.

In addition, those Mijazeen مجازین who died in the lives of Hazrat Raipuri, are given below.

  1. Maulana Manzoor Hassan (Late), Sahiwal, Pakistan.
  2. Maulana Hussain Ahmed Alvi (Late), Chishtian, Pakistan.
  3. Rao Abdul Rauf Khaa (Late), Haroonabad, Pakistan.
  4. Maulana Mufti Muhammad Tayab (Late), Saharanpur, India.


  1. ^ Obituary.
  2. ^ Obituary.
  3. ^ "Shah Saeed Ahmed Raipuri passes away". Dunya News. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kamran, Tahir (2006). "Evolution and Impact of ‘Deobandi’ Islam in the Punjab" (PDF). The Historian: A Research Journal. 3: 28–50. 
  5. ^ a b Rahimia Institute of Quranic Sciences.
  6. ^ "Seminar on thoughts of Shah Waliullah". Dawn News. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Azad, Mufti Abdul Khaliq (2006). Mashaikh-i-Raipur: Khanqah-i-Aliya Rahimia Raipur aur mashaikh Raipur ka taaruf. Lahore: Dar ul Tehqiq wal Ishaat. pp. 198–199. 
  8. ^ "RIP Shah Saeed Ahmad Raipuri". Retrieved 26 September 2012.