Zubair Ali Zai

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Zubair Ali Zai
Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Zai.jpg
Title Al-Hafiz,
Born Muhammad Zubair bin Mujaddad Khan
25 June 1957
Hazro, Pakistan
Died 10. November 2013 (2013-11-11) (aged 56)
Other names Abu Tahir
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Pashtun
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Ahl-i Hadith
Movement Ahl-i Hadith
Notable work(s) (Tahqeeq, Takhreej) - Hadith Editing and Referencing of Sahih Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, An-Nasai and Ibn Majah -Printed by Darussalam
Website http://ishaatulhadith.com/

Hafiz Zubair Ali zai (Urdu: زبیر علی زئي‎) was a preacher, theologian, Islamic scholar, muhaddith 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.

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.[1][unreliable source?]

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.[1][unreliable source?]



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.[1][unreliable source?]

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.[1][unreliable source?]


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, Ali zai 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. ^ a b c d Dr. Khaalid Zafarullah, "The Biography and Works of Scholar of Ilm-ar-Rijal Shaykh Zubayr Alee Za'ee (hafidhahullah)." Ed. Raza Hassan.