Zubair Ali Zai

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Zubair Alizai
Title Al-Hafiz
Born Muhammad Zubair bin Mujaddad Khan
25 June 1957
Hazro, Pakistan
Died 10 November 2013
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Pashtun
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Zahiri
Creed Athari
Movement Ahl al-Hadith

Hafiz Zubair Alizai (Urdu: زبیر علی زئي‎) was a preacher, theologian, Islamic scholar and former merchant marine from Pakistan.


"Zubair" was from the Pashtun tribe of Alizai, itself a branch of the larger Durrani confederation tracing their descent back to Ahmad Shah Durrani, founder of the Durrani Empire.[1]

Zubair was born in 1957 in the village of Peerdad, near Hazro in the Attock District of Punjab. His father having served two jail sentences for his membership in the Jamaat-e-Islami Islamist political party, Alizai became familiar with corruption and civil strife early on.[2]

Zubair married in 1982 and had three sons and four daughters. He was a polyglot; in addition to his native language of Hindko language and the Arabic language from his graduate study, Alizai was also fluent in English, Urdu, Pashto and Greek, and can read and understand Persian.[2] His skill with Greek was earned during his time working with the Greek Merchant Navy, which he used to surprise a group of Christian missionaries during a public debate in 1997.

He died on 10 November 2013 after being hospitalised for two months.



Zubair completed a bachelor's degree and later on two master's degrees, one in Islamic studies in 1983 and another in the Arabic language in 1994 from the University of the Punjab in Lahore. Additionally, Alizai graduated for a fourth time from the Salafi University in Faisalabad.[2]

On top of his education in higher institutions of learning, Alizai was also a graduate of Pakistan's Madrasa system. Alizai extensively studied the field of Hadith, or the statements and actions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, in addition to the sub fields of Hadith terminology and Biographical evaluation.[2] He was a student of Badi' ud-Din Shah al-Rashidi during this time,[3] in addition to other scholars of the Ahl al-Hadith movement in Pakistan. Like his teacher Rashidi, Alizai followed the Zahirite school of Islamic law.[4]

Editing and publishing[edit]

Zubair was, like his former teacher Rashidi, a bibliophile, having amassed a private library of some renown in Hazro, where he spent most of his time.[2] His work in both editing and republishing manuscripts of ancient Muslim texts eventually took him to Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a consultant for Darussalam Publishers and Distributors.


Much of Zubair's work consists of editing and referencing ancient texts of prophetic tradition and evaluating them according to the Categories of Hadith. Working with Dar us Salam, Alizai has reviewed the Al-Kutub al-Sittah, considered canonical in Sunni Islam. Besides, he has also authored many of his own books both in Urdu and Arabic

Hadith referencing[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, Durrani
  2. ^ a b c d e Dr. Khaalid Zafarullah, "The Biography and Works of Scholar of Ilm-ar-Rijal Shaykh Zubayr Alee Za'ee (hafidhahullah)." Ed. Raza Hassan.
  3. ^ Abu Hibbaan and Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari, "Allaamah Shaikh Badee-ud-Deen Shah as-Sindhee ar-Raashidee." 2001.
  4. ^ Zubair Ali Zai, Salaf us-Saaliheen on Taqleed. Trns. by Raza Hassan. Manhaj of Salaf.
  5. ^ Sahih Muslim (7 Vol. Set) at Dar us Salam
  6. ^ Jami at-Tirmidhi 6 Vols at Kazi Publications, Inc.
  7. ^ Sunan An-Nasa'i 6 Volum Set: Arabic and English at Online-Islamic-Store
  8. ^ Sunan An-Nasa'i (6 Vol. Set) at IslamFuture
  9. ^ Sunan An-Nasa'i at IslamicMiraclesToday
  10. ^ Sunan Abu Dawud, Darussalam, Arabic English & Commentary at Kitaabun
  11. ^ Sunan Abu Dawud (Arabic-English) at IslamicBooks7
  12. ^ Sunan Ibn Majah (5 Vol. Set) at Kitaabun