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Wahiduddin Khan

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Wahiduddin Khan
Born (1925-01-01) 1 January 1925 (age 94)
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[1] known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English.[2]

He has received the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; India's third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, in January 2000[3]; the National Citizens' Award, presented by Mother Teresa and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2009).[4] He was conferred with the Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award (2015) in Abu Dhabi.[citation needed]

Early life

Khan was born in Village Badharia, in district Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1925.[5] He graduated from a seminary of traditional Islamic learning. Like Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Israr Ahmed and Naeem Siddiqui, Khan also remained in close touch with Amin Ahsan Islahi and Syed Abul Ala Maududi (1903–1979) before opening an Islamic Center in Delhi in 1970.[6][circular reference]

He joined the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1949. He quit it fifteen years later, arguing that Maududi had overly politicized Islam. He set out his ideas in his book, Tabeer kee Ghalati (The Error in Interpretation).[citation needed]


The Ar-risala (The Message) Urdu magazine was started in 1976 consisting of almost entirely his articles and writing. An English edition of the magazine was started in February 1984 and a Hindi version in December 1990. His articles include 'Hijacking — A Crime',[7] 'Rights of Women in Islam',[8] 'The Concept of Charity in Islam'[9] and 'The Concept of Jihad'.[10] .

List of selected works

He is the author of many books on Islam and modernity,[11] including:[12]

  • 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


  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. ^ Tamara Sonn & Mary Williamsburg, (2004), A Brief History of Islam, Blackwell. ISBN 1-4051-0902-5.
  4. ^ "Muslim scholar gets Sadhbhavana Award". 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan". Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  6. ^ Javed Ahmad Ghamidi#Interaction with other Islamic scholars
  7. ^ "Hijacking - A Crime". Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Rights of Women in Islam". Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  9. ^ "The Concept of Charity in Islam". Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  10. ^ "The Concept of Jihad". Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  11. ^ Ayesha Jalal, Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, Harvard University Press (2009), p. 266
  12. ^ "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan - 17 products available". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2009.

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