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Wahiduddin Khan

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Wahiduddin Khan
Born (1925-01-01) 1 January 1925 (age 96)
Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
OccupationIslamic spiritual leader, speaker and author
GenreIslamic literature
Notable worksTazkirul Quran

Wahiduddin Khan (born 1 January 1925), known with the honorific Maulana, is an Indian Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English.[1][2] He has been listed in the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world.[3][4]

Khan has received the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; India's third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in January 2000;[5] the National Citizens' Award, presented by Mother Teresa and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2009).[6] He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour, in January 2021.[7]

Early life

Khan was born in Village Badharia, in district Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1925.[8]


The Ar-risala (The Message) Urdu magazine started in 1976, consisting of almost entirely his articles and writing. An English edition of the magazine started in February 1984 and a Hindi version started in December 1990. His articles include 'Hijacking — A Crime',[9] 'Rights of Women in Islam',[10] 'The Concept of Charity in Islam'[11] and 'The Concept of Jihad'.[12]

List of selected works

He "has authored over 200 books on Islam, prophetic wisdom, spirituality and coexistence in a multi-ethnic society" as well on Islam's relations with modernity and secularism,including:[13][14]

  • The Prophet of Peace
  • The Quran: A New Translation
  • A Treasury of the Quran
  • Tazkirul Quran
  • Indian Muslims: The Need for a Positive Outlook
  • Introducing Islam: A Simple Introduction to Islam
  • Islam Rediscovered: Discovering Islam From its Original Sources
  • Islam and Peace
  • Islam: Creator of the Modern Age
  • Words of the Prophet Muhammad
  • The Issue of Blasphemy

See also


  1. ^ "All Muslim sects should agree to disagree: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Indian Muslims". Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  2. ^ Archived 3 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine A new translation of the Quran by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
  3. ^ "The Muslim 500: Wahiduddin-Khan". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Times of India on 22 most influential Muslims in India". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ Tamara Sonn & Mary Williamsburg, (2004), A Brief History of Islam, Blackwell. ISBN 1-4051-0902-5.
  6. ^ "Muslim scholar gets Sadhbhavana Award". 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  7. ^ "LIVE: Ram Vilas Paswan, Keshubhai Patel, Tarun Gogoi awarded Padham Bhushan". Hindustan Times. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan". Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Hijacking - A Crime". Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Rights of Women in Islam". Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  11. ^ "The Concept of Charity in Islam". Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  12. ^ "The Concept of Jihad". Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  13. ^ Profile on The Muslim 500
  14. ^ "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan - 17 products available". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2009.

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